Detroit: Pontiac Motor Division, General Motors, 1954. These posters were issued in conjunction with an advertising campaign for a new line of Pontiac models. Pontiac often depicted Native people in their advertisements, in line with the adoption of the name of Odawa war chief Pontiac, or Obwandiyag (ca. 1720 – 176. Beautifully lithographed in full color with scenes of Native people. First poster: Ojibwe fishermen in birch canoes on the St. Mary’s River (Ojibwe: Baawitigong). Second poster: Samoset, an Abenaki sagamore, talking with the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony at the harvest event (which is described as having been organized with Tisquantum, or Squanto, of the Patuxet tribe, and Wampanoag confederacy leader Massasoit, or Ousamequin) that would later be called Thanksgiving. The third: an imagined reconstruction of the Ancestral Pueblo people living in the Mesa Verde cliff dwellings. The fourth: Sacagawea meeting with Lewis and Clark during their first encounter with the Shoshone people. Heavy paper stock. Minor toning to edges. Rolled as issued. A near-fine set of these rare posters that were distributed to educators for classroom display. Four posters (25” x 38”). Item #17006
Informative blurbs on each poster explain the scenes depicted, which would have been useful for display in classrooms. It’s also worth noting that educational materials featuring Native people were unusual at the time, particularly materials highlighting positive contributions of Native people to American history. We could not locate any more information on these posters, and they are not listed in OCLC.