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Portraits From North American Indian Life beautifully documents all aspects of a marvelous culture that was on the brink of destruction. The spirit of Native American life is covered in great depth and with remarkable sensitivity to the connections between them, but the most remarkable segments of this text are the portraits. Like no other photographer before him, Edward C ...more
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Published October 1st 1992 by BBS Publishing Corporation (first published January 1st 1972)
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Helen
Jun 17, 2015 Helen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A large format book of photos & some selected text of Curtis' notes on the photos, from his famous 30-year project photographing Indian tribes. The two introductions are informative, very positive toward Curtis achievement. It was different seeing these photos on such a large scale - perhaps it does help, possibly approximates the experience of the original volumes.

Curtis was an artist first, ethnographer second. These portraits and landscapes are idealized works, hearkening back to a vanis
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While the photographs and their legends were overall very interesting, I found some of the portraits really captivating, especially that of a Cheyenne called Black Belly (it would be interesting to know his age at the time of the photograph, but he must have been ancient), that of a smiling Apache baby strapped to a cradle board and an incredibly pretty Mohave girl.
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Beginning in 1900 and continuing over the next thirty years, Edward Sheriff Curtis, or the “Shadow Catcher” as he was later called by some of the tribes, took over 40,000 images and recorded rare ethnographic information from over eighty American Indian tribal groups, ranging from the Eskimo or Inuit people of the far north to the Hopi people of the Southwest. He captured the likeness of many impo ...more
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