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Joseph Secakuku Photograph Collection

Identifier: PICT-997-016

Scope and Content

The collection documents Joseph Secakuku's trading post. Secakuku, commonly known as "Chief Joseph" or "Chief Joe," was a member of the Hopi Nation. He was successful in marketing Native American arts and culture to tourists in the American Southwest. One print is hand-colored. Prints are 5 x 7 in. or smaller


  • 1920-1950

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Duplication allowed for research purposes in most cases. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. For more information see the Photographs and Images Research Guide and contact the Pictorial Archivist.


Joseph (Joe) Secakuku was a Hopi Indian from Shipaulovi, Second Mesa. He opened his first trading post at Canyon Diablo (now Two Guns, Arizona) by 1926. He later moved his store to Holbrook, and with his brother Hale opened two large stores at Second Mesa. He also had a store in Winslow, Arizona. Secakuku was chief of the Snake Society. In the 1960's he retired from the trading business when he became chief of Shipaulovi's Bear Clan. Secakuku was in his 80's when he died of cancer in 1969.


71 items (1 box) : 71 photographic prints ; 5 x 7 in.

Language of Materials



The collection documents Joseph Secakuku's trading post.

Physical Location

B2. Shelved by Pictorial Number.
Finding Aid of the Joseph Secakuku Photograph Collection, 1920-1950
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Finding aid is in English

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131