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Wishham Girls

Accession Number
1987/1.208

Title
Wishham Girls

Artist(s)
Edward S. Curtis

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1909

Medium & Support
photogravure on paper

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

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

Subject matter
This image of two young girls from 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 two young girls riding horses through a rocky landscape. The girls and horses wear clothing made of fabric, adorned with beadwork and embroidery. 

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Equus caballus (species)
Figures
Native American
Wishram
costume (mode of fashion)
flora (plants)
girl
girls
hills
horses
modern and contemporary art
rocks (landforms)

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