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Door-of-Lodge Grizzly - Flathead

Accession Number
1997/1.155

Title
Door-of-Lodge Grizzly - Flathead

Artist(s)
Edward S. Curtis

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1910

Medium & Support
photogravure on paper

Dimensions
12 9/16 in x 9 1/2 in (31.9 cm x 24.2 cm);14 3/8 in x 19 7/16 in (36.5 cm x 49.3 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Stephen M. Taylor

Subject matter
This image of a man from the Flathead tribe 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
This is a photograph of a man standing outdoors, grass and trees surrounding him. He holds a large, curved staff in his left hand. He wears decorated clothing and a feather headdress. 

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Flathead
Native American
costume (mode of fashion)
costumes
feathers
headdress
men (male humans)
modern and contemporary art
single-sitter portraits
staff
standing
trees

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