Enos, Henry (Ma sham key low nee)


Gelatin and silver print cabinet card of Henry Enos (Ma sham key low nee) wearing traditional Native American dress, in studio setting.

Cultural Narrative: 

This man, Henry Enos (Ma-sham-key-low-nee), is dressed in the traditonal clothing of the Nimiipuu in this particular time period (c.a. late 19th and early 20th Century). 

Traditional Knowledge: 

sám’x- ordinary shirt

xe’xépil- man's leggings

cepéek’ilkt- breech cloth

walíim’lapqat- moccasins

wehéyqt- loop necklace

sam’áwas q’alawníin- beaded belt

temesúulkit’es- belt drop

tukéepsitke’s- arm band

cúuyesitke’s- belt bag

‘icalámx- the cut bangs combed into a pompadour, common hairstyle for men in Nez Perce country and the Columbia Plateau. This hairstyle is connected to the ipnúucililpt or waaláhsat (Seven Drums) teachings and was painted during special ceremonies and occasions. 

The tukéepsitke’s (arm band) on this man's arm looks like hímiin (wolf) fur, but these pieces have more meaning than to be just an arm band. These pieces were connected to their wéeyekin (power) and they were also like a protection and honored the spirit of which their power came from. These items were very common for the men to be wearing on the arm and there are times where they can be decorated very elaborately, but their purpose was not only for decoration.




Location Description: 

Kooskia, ID