Spídĭs—Wishham Artist(s)Edward S. CurtisArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Date1910Medium & Supportphotogravure on paperDimensions
12 3/16 in x 9 3/16 in (30.96 cm x 23.34 cm)Credit LineGift of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas M. KenyonSubject matter
This image of a man 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 portrait of an aging man. He wears a tusk septum piercing and two long braids, with a garment draped over his soulders. A circular embroidered design is visible near the bottom of the frame.Primary Object ClassificationPhotographCollection AreaPhotographyRights
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