Edward S. Curtis and THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN

Edward S. Curtis 
and THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN
"I like a man who attempts the impossible." - J. P.
Morgan Edward Sheriff Curtis not only attempted, but actually achieved the impossible. With The North American Indian he created an irreplaceable photographic and ethnographic record of more than eighty of North America's native nations - a record first published between 1907 and 1930, which, after decades of obscurity in rare book rooms and private collections, is now experiencing its renaissance. Comprising twenty volumes, twenty portfolios, thousands of pages of text, and more than twenty two hundred photogravures, The North American Indian remains not only an unparalleled artistic and historic achievement but a watershed in publishing history.

Yebichai, the beggar, Tonenili-Navajo Indian, dressed in spruce branches

Hopi (Moqui) Indians. Snake dance


Yebichai prayer, C

Apache medicine cap and fetish


The altar

Night medicine men

Kotsuis and Hohhug--Nakoaktok, wearing ceremonial dress, with long beaks, on their haunches, dancing

The snake priest

Dancer with black deer effigy--Hupa

The drying mummy

Saliva

Saliva, Slow Bull (in background), Picket Pin's arm

Arikara medicine ceremony--the Bears

Sun dance pledgers--Cheyenne

Yebichai war gods

Tobadzischini--Navaho

Praying to the Spirits at Crater Lake--Klamath

Hupa female shaman


Geronimo - Apache

Sigesh - Apache

Getting water - Apache

Story-telling - Apache

Scout - Apache

Apache Nalin

Apache babe

Chideh - Apache

Vash Gon - Jicarilla

Chief Garfield - Jicarilla

Jicarilla maiden

Chief of the desert - Navaho

Women of the desert - Navaho

Cañon de Chelly - Navaho

Cañon del Muerto - Navaho

Nesjaja Hatali - Navaho

Son of the desert - Navaho

Blanket weaver - Navaho

Hastobiga - Navaho medicine-man

Sunset in Navaho-land

Alhkidokihi - Navaho

Yuma girl

Gathering cactus fruit - Pima

A Pima home

Pima burial grounds

Mission San Xavier Del Bac

Kiho carrier - Qahatika