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Edward S. Curtis

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
photogravure on paper

12 1/2 in x 9 7/16 in (31.75 cm x 23.97 cm);14 3/8 in x 19 7/16 in (36.51 cm x 49.37 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Stephen M. Taylor

Subject matter
This image of a subject from the Kalispel tribe in Northeastern Washington 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 single-sitter portrait, with the subject wearing two braids and a decorated shirt. The subject wears large circular earrings and multiple strands of beadwork, which contrast against the dark shirt and backdrop.

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Native American
braids (hairstyle)
costume (mode of fashion)
modern and contemporary art
single-sitter portraits

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