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Embarking Kutenai

EMBARKING - KUTENAI

April 23, 2020

Plate 250 from portfolio 7 is titled “Embarking” and depicts a woman in a canoe pulled up to a rocky shore with a woman standing on the shoreline. Edward Curtis took this photograph near the southern end of Flathead lake in Montana where...
Klickitat Basketry

KLICKITAT BASKETRY

February 19, 2020

Basketry was a true form of expression for the women of the Klickitat tribe. “They spoke with their hands and made their deepest inner thoughts come to life,” says Jane Gargas of the Yakima Herald.
LAGUNA COOKING POT AND ACOMA WATER JARS

LAGUNA COOKING POT AND ACOMA WATER JARS

February 03, 2020

Laguna Pueblo is located in west-central New Mexico along I-40. When the transcontinental railroad came to New Mexico, it brought travelers directly to the doorsteps of the Laguna Pueblo. Clay pots...

CROSSING THE PEND D'OREILLE - KALISPEL

CROSSING THE PEND D'OREILLE - KALISPEL

January 20, 2020

Kalispel people are thought to have come from British Columbia, Canada. In the 18th century, Blackfeet people pushed them from the Great Plains to Pend d’Oreille River and Lake Pend Oreille. The town of Kalispell...
Flathead Mother

Flathead Mother

January 07, 2020

In volume 7, page 70 of The North American Indian – The Vanishing Race, you’ll find this photograph of a Flathead Mother. The Flathead originally lived in an area west of Billings, Montana extending to the continental divide...
A Zuni Girl

A ZUNI GIRL

December 27, 2019

Portfolio plate number 613 of “A Zuni Girl” was taken by Edward S. Curtis in 1903. Her hair is cut short and she is wearing a woven blanket. She is embellished in necklaces of various beads and squash blossoms as well as...

The Offering - San Ildefonso

The Offering - San Ildefonso

December 17, 2019

A pinch of cornmeal tossed into the air as an offering to the numerous deities of the Tewa, but especially to the sun, is the formality that begins the day and precedes innumerable acts of the most... 
Day Dreams - Crater Lake

Day Dreams - Crater Lake

December 12, 2019

This photograph of a Klamath Native American was taken in 1923 on the edge of Crater Lake in Oregon. For many, Crater Lake was a spiritual place and regarded as an "abode to the Great Spirit." Due to several unique factors...
TOLOWA DANCING HEAD DRESS

TOLOWA DANCING HEAD DRESS

December 06, 2019

The head-dress is of the type common to the Klamath River tribes - a broad band of deerskin partially covered with a row of red scalps of woodpecker. The massive necklace of clam-shell beads indicates...

Yurok Canoe On Trinity River

YUROK CANOE ON TRINITY RIVER

November 29, 2019

The Yurok canoe is a hollowed section of a redwood log. The aboriginal implements for canoe-making were a stone hammer and an elk-horn chisel for cutting the log and removing a number of slabs in order to...
the Curtis Gallery store front in Monterey, CA

The Curtis Gallery in Monterey is Open

November 22, 2019

Edward S. Curtis’ photogravure plates available for purchase. These images represent the images of tribes visited by Curtis during his preparations for his master work – The North American Indian – The Vanishing Race.

Karok Baskets

KAROK BASKETS

November 22, 2019

The basketry process of the Karok is always twining. The usual materials are hazel rod for the warp, roots of the digger or the yellow pine for the weft, and Xerophyllum grass for white overlay. The basket maker uses bark of the maidenhair fern for black, and fibers from...


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