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At the Spring—Wishham

Accession Number
1987/1.203

Title
At the Spring—Wishham

Artist(s)
Edward S. Curtis

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1909

Medium & Support
photogravure on paper

Dimensions
12 in x 9 3/16 in (30.48 cm x 23.34 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas M. Kenyon

Subject matter
This image of a woman from the Wishham tribe—now known as Wishram—is from The North American Indian (1907-1930), a twenty-volume series created by Edward Curtis in order to document the lives of Native Americans in diverse regions of the Western United States. This limited edition volume was financially supported by J.P. Morgan, and promoted by Theodore Roosevelt. The resulting works have been criticized and celebrated for their portrayal of Native American life. Curtis often included anachronous props and clothing and presented rituals that had not been performed in years in order to support an idealized and romantic reading of a “vanishing race.”

Physical Description
A photograph of a woman with braided hair sitting, framed by a landscape of large desert rocks. In her lap she holds a vessel, a stream of water at her feet.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Figures
Native American
Wishram
braids (hairstyle)
flora (plants)
modern and contemporary art
rocks (landforms)
seated
sitting
springs (bodies of water)
vessels (containers)
women (female humans)

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