I attended a walking tour of Pawtuxet Village today as part of the annual Gaspee Days celebrations. The students of Wyman Elementary School took us through the early history of the village from the mid-1600s and into the early 1800s. In today's photo, this young girl represents a member of the Pokanoket Indians during King Phillip's War - a war that destroyed most of the early villages in Rhode Island and also all but wiped out the Narragansetts in the colony. By the end of the war, the few Narragansett survivors were either absorbed into neighboring tribes or sold into slavery in the Caribbean. King Phillip, known as Metacomet to the natives, was Sachem of the Pokanoket and Chief Sachem of the Wampanoag Confederacy. At wars end, he was killed in Bristol, and his head was shipped to the settlement of Plymouth in Massachusetts for public display.
Today's processing only involved a slight levels adjustment for contrast. The shot is pretty much straight out of the camera.