Edward S. Curtis’s North American Indian

Some critisise this chaps work, for being to ‘idealistic’. Me, I’m so impressed with the volume of his work, his appeciation of thier life, and the portrail of a proud people. I look up to him.

Edward S. Curtis’s North American Indian (American Memory, Library of Congress)


The North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis is one of the most significant and controversial representations of traditional American Indian culture ever produced. Issued in a limited edition from 1907-1930, the publication continues to exert a major influence on the image of Indians in popular culture. Curtis said he wanted to document “the old time Indian, his dress, his ceremonies, his life and manners.” In over 2000 photogravure plates and narrative, Curtis portrayed the traditional customs and lifeways of eighty Indian tribes. The twenty volumes, each with an accompanying portfolio, are organized by tribes and culture areas encompassing the Great Plains, Great Basin, Plateau Region, Southwest, California, Pacific Northwest, and Alaska.

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also, on the same site as the above work:

American Memory Collections: All Collections

A fantastic collection from the Library of Congress, of photographs, documents and recordings.