Exc. Set of Images ~ Go~Won~Go Mohawk ~ Indian Actress

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  • Item Category: Fine Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Nov 07, 2006
  • Channel: Auction House
What an interesting woman this was, but it's a bit hard to separate fact from fiction from hype generated by the lady herself. This is a terrific set of images (one cabinet card and one tobacco card) of self-proclaimed "Indian Princess" Go-Won-Go Mohawk, also knows as Carolina (Carrie) Mohawk. Carrie was born in Gowanda, New York to either a Seneca medicine man or a Mohawk chief, depending on which story you believe (being American Indian myself, I can tell you that, other than in Disney stories, Indian tribes did not have princesses). Ms. Mohawk, supposedly, was a terrific athlete and sportswoman, possessed a beautiful singing voice, and was an expert on just about every known musical instrument. What is true is that she took to the stage and even wrote her own plays . . . starring herself. The first image, the cabinet card, is actually a poster from one of her performances. It shows a buckskin clad Go-Won-Go fighting with a man dressed in Mexican garb (his sombrero is visible on the ground at the right). The poster reads, "The Celebrated American Indian Actress Go-Won-Go Mohawk in Her Great Fight with Spanish Joe". An imprint at the bottom right corner of the poster reads, "Moody Bros. - Birmingham . The poster appears to have been photographed right on the wall it was pasted on because you can see wrinkles and folds in the poster. T is also additional lettering off to the left of the poster, but I'm afraid t's not enough of it to read what it says. Handwritten on the reverse is, "To Dora My Pal - Still fighting for you - Aboriginally Yours - Your Pal, Wongo" (she always signed her autographs with "Aboriginally Yours"). No photographer info is shown. The image is in fair to good condition, with soiling and damage to the lower left corner. The card is also in fair condition, with wear to the edges and corners and soiling. The tobacco card features a photo of Go-Won-Go wearing a beautiful black velvet outfit (pants, vest and cape) covered with embroidery. She's been photographed outdoors, standing in front of a large tree. Printed under the image is "Go-Won-Go Mohawk". The image is a tiny bit "grainy" but, otherwise in good condition. The card shows a bit of wear to the corners, light soiling and is slightly cupped. Buyer to pay postage and insurance. California residents, please add sales tax. Item shipped within 4 days of receipt of cash, a money order/cashier's check, or with Item shipped within 10 days of receipt of a personal check. Thank you!