Friday, December 02, 2016
Here are two beautiful views taken on a lovely May day in 1958, featuring two contrasting Indian villages in Frontierland.
Let's start with this shot of one Indian Village - one that guests could access and explore by walking through a tunnel that ran parallel to the train tracks. Teepees are clustered near the shore, where the canoes appear to be out of commission on this day. Just a smidgen of the Dance Circle can be seen to our left. A lone human being (a cast member?) is to the extreme right. Hard to believe that the park was so empty on this spectacular day.
As the Mark Twain continued on its journey, it encountered a second village; the "Friendly Indian Village". Was this a new feature in 1958? Clearly those teepees were made of raw canvas, and had not yet been painted and aged to resemble tanned buffalo hides like the ones in the previous photo. Most of the inhabitants are still there, though more were added over the years.