Scott's Photographica Collection

Photographic Postcard of Indian Ned


Indian Ned, 125 Years Old

Indian Ned at 125 Years of Age

 

August 18, 2002...
This photographic postcard is of a man, Indian Ned, walking down a street with the aid of his walking stick.  Evidently Indian Ned, a Native American, was 125 years old when this photograph was taken.  The following notation appears on the image: "Indian Ned, 125 yrs. old.  Goodrich  #304".  I assume Goodrich was the photographer.

I like this casual portrait of Ned.  He looks like a man who has seen a lot of life.  It appears that Ned stopped for a minute to allow someone to take his picture.  He stands there looking directly at the photographer.  This portrait of Ned conveys much more than just a brief encounter with a camera.

February 23, 2010 - Indian Ned's Biography
My exciting find for today is a biography of Indian Ned.  The biography appeared on page 3 of the August 6, 1942 issue of the Yreka Journal.  The Yreka Journal of Yreka, California billed itself as "Siskiyou's Only Countywide Weekly Newspaper". 

The author researched the question of Ned's age and concluded that Ned was born in 1828.  At the time the article was written, the author believed Ned was 114 years old.  It was revealed that Ned was a Karok Indian and his Indian name was Pa-ah-pocka-heepon, translated as "he who lives by the bank of a clear stream".  The newspaper article is illustrated by a cropped version of the very same photographic postcard that appears above.  However, the notation is not apparent in the newspaper version.  It's not clear why the postcard gives Pa-ah-pocka-heepon's age as 125 years while the same photo illustrates an article where the author places his age at 114 years.  My conclusion from reading the article is the photographer rightly or wrongly believed Pa-ah-pocka-heepon to be 125 years old at the time the photo was taken.  The article mentioned that opinions of Pa-ah-pocka-heepon's age ranged from 112 to 126 years.

I enjoyed learning about Pa-ah-pocka-heepon's life and I think you will too.  Follow this link to read the article.

 

 

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This page was updated February 23, 2010