Native American Women, Their Art, and the Photographs of Edward S. Curtis Exhibit

The Photographs of Edward S. Curtis in the By Her Hand Exhibit This exhibition features portraits of Native women by photographer Edward S. Curtis from the collection of Christopher G. Cardozo. Curtis took the featured photographs over a 30-year period as part of a project to document Native American’s lifestyle and culture in a time … Continue reading Native American Women, Their Art, and the Photographs of Edward S. Curtis Exhibit

Edward S. Curtis Pt. 9 – Conclusions

Images by Curtis are still being pushed out into the world. There are many inexpensive prints available. In the last presentation of the Curtis Fever series, Dr. Julia Dolan wondered what Edward S. Curtis would have thought of that. She wondered what the tribes thought about it as well. Though Curtis photographed native peoples because … Continue reading Edward S. Curtis Pt. 9 – Conclusions

Edward S. Curtis Pt. 8 – Recent History & Upcoming Events

It was assumed that all of the Edward S. Curtis photogravure copper plates were lost or destroyed. It is a common practice to destroy the plates after the initial printing so no more prints can be made. However, many had been sold to the Charles E. Lauriat Company in Boston. In 1972, decades after Curtis … Continue reading Edward S. Curtis Pt. 8 – Recent History & Upcoming Events

Edward S. Curtis Pt. 7 – Documentary and Controversy Related to His Work

In the 2000 film, Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian, many present-day Native Americans were interviewed in regards to Curtis and his work. It has deeply affected modern day tribal members. Some treasure the images and recordings as reminders of their ancestors while others want references to that time to be … Continue reading Edward S. Curtis Pt. 7 – Documentary and Controversy Related to His Work

Edward S. Curtis’ Film Pt. 6 – In the Land of the Head-Hunters

In 1914, Curtis’ film In the Land of the Head-Hunters, featuring the Kwakiutl tribe, was shown to theater audiences. He worked on the film with George Hunt who had been adopted by the tribe. Hunt had been indispensable when he had worked for anthropologist Franz Boaz. The Kwakiutl tribe is from Vancouver Island and they rely … Continue reading Edward S. Curtis’ Film Pt. 6 – In the Land of the Head-Hunters

Edward S. Curtis Pt. 5 – A History (continued)

Edward S. Curtis had married Clara S. Phillips in 1892 and they had four children together. He was gone for long periods of time working on the book project. Due to his long absences and the financial drain on the business, Clara divorced him in 1916 and gained full custody of their children. He moved … Continue reading Edward S. Curtis Pt. 5 – A History (continued)

Edward S. Curtis Pt. 4 – A History (continued)

Curtis decided to make it his life mission to document the tribes of North America. He thought they were on the point of vanishing. At one point he went to the Smithsonian to ask for financing but they told him, “We have experts here; some have even been to Indian country”. They preferred to work with … Continue reading Edward S. Curtis Pt. 4 – A History (continued)

Edward S. Curtis Pt. 3 – A History

Edward S. Curtis was born in Wisconsin in 1868. Two years before he was born, the Indian Wars were taking place. There were 200 battles in an eleven-year period. His father, Reverend Asahel “Johnson” Curtis, served in the military but was injured in the Civil War. He worked as a traveling pastor for a while … Continue reading Edward S. Curtis Pt. 3 – A History

Edward S. Curtis Pt. 2 – Photo Techniques & Influence of Artistic Movements

The North American Indian books include many photographs and the larger size portfolios contain additional images. The images are never referred to in the text. Curtis would sometimes wait weeks to capture the right image. He was aware of the effect photographing from different angles would have on the subject matter. In some of the … Continue reading Edward S. Curtis Pt. 2 – Photo Techniques & Influence of Artistic Movements

Edward S. Curtis “Fever” in Bend, OR

Events and exhibits related to photographer Edward S. Curtis were located all over Bend in the months of September and October. Curtis documented Native American tribes living in many parts of North America in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Part of his work was featured in a 20-volume set of books and 20 separate … Continue reading Edward S. Curtis “Fever” in Bend, OR

Princess Angeline – Pacific Northwest Royalty

Did you know that a princess is buried at Lake View Cemetery in Seattle?  I bet many people don’t even know who she was. The woman known as “Princess Angeline” was the daughter of Chief Sealth, aka Chief Seattle or Chief Si’ahl. Born in the early 1800’s, she passed away on May 31, 1896. I posted a … Continue reading Princess Angeline – Pacific Northwest Royalty