Edward Sheriff Curtis

American Photographer

1868 AD - 1952 AD

Edward Sheriff Curtis

In 1906 J.P. Morgan offered Curtis $75,000 to produce a series on the North American Indian. It was to be in 20 volumes with 1,500 photographs. Morgan was to receive 25 sets and 500 original prints as his method of repayment. 222 complete sets were eventually published. Curtis' goal was not just to photograph, but to document, as much American Indian (Native American) traditional life as possible before that way of life disappeared. He wrote in the introduction to his first volume in 1907: "The information that is to be gathered ... respecting the mode of life of one of the great races of mankind, must be collected at once or the opportunity will be lost." Curtis made over 10,000 wax cylinder recordings of Indian language and music. He took over 40,000 photographic images from over 80 tribes. He recorded tribal lore and history, and he described traditional foods, housing, garments, recreation, ceremonies, and funeral customs. He wrote biographical sketches of tribal leaders, and his material, in most cases, is the only recorded history.

Edward Sheriff Curtis's Works of Art

thumbnail of A Burial Platform, Apsaroke
thumbnail of A Cahuilla Child
thumbnail of A Camp Among the Oaks
thumbnail of A Cheyenne Peyote Leader
thumbnail of A Chief of the Desert, Navajo
thumbnail of A Chief's Daughter, Nakoaktok
thumbnail of A Chief's Party, Qagyuhl
thumbnail of A Chief, Chukchansi Yokuts
thumbnail of A Child of the Desert
thumbnail of A Child's Lodge
thumbnail of A Corner of Zuni
thumbnail of A Desert Cahuilla Woman
thumbnail of A Desert Cahuilla Woman
thumbnail of A Diegueno Home
thumbnail of A Fair Breeze
thumbnail of A Feast Day at Acoma
thumbnail of A Flathead Dance
thumbnail of A Gathering War Party, Atsina
thumbnail of A Grave Post, Hooper Bay
thumbnail of A Hazy Morning, Nakoaktok
thumbnail of A Heavy Load
thumbnail of A Hill Camp, Spokane
thumbnail of A Holiday Lodge, Yakima
thumbnail of A Hopi Woman
thumbnail of A Jemez Fiscal
thumbnail of A Jicarilla Man
thumbnail of A Koskimo House-Post
thumbnail of A Kwakiutl Canoe
thumbnail of A Load of Fuel, Zuni
thumbnail of A Man of Palm Springs, Cahuilla
thumbnail of A Man of Taos
thumbnail of A Mat House, Skokomish
thumbnail of A Mat Shelter, Skokomish
thumbnail of A Mono Home
thumbnail of A Morning Chat, Acoma
thumbnail of A Mountain Camp, Yakima
thumbnail of A Navajo Farm
thumbnail of A Navajo Woman
thumbnail of A Point of Interest, Navajo
thumbnail of A Santa Clara Man (Frost Moving)
thumbnail of A Sarsi Kitchen, Alberta, Canada
thumbnail of A Smoky Day at the Sugar Bowl - Hupa
thumbnail of A Son of the Desert, Navajo
thumbnail of A Street Scene in San Ildefonso Pueblo
thumbnail of A Swap
thumbnail of A Taos Woman
thumbnail of A Tewa Girl
thumbnail of A Tluwulahu Costume
thumbnail of A Tluwulahu Mask, Kakiutl
thumbnail of A Tsunukwa at Kwaustums
thumbnail of A Walker Lake Paviotso
thumbnail of A Washo Woman
thumbnail of A Wedding Party, Kwakiutl
thumbnail of A Wichita Man
thumbnail of A Winter Day, Apsaroke
thumbnail of A Young Yakima
thumbnail of A Zuni Doorway
thumbnail of Absoraks, Crow
thumbnail of Achomawi Basket-Maker
thumbnail of Achomawi Mother and Child
thumbnail of Acoma from the Church Top
thumbnail of Acoma from the South
thumbnail of Acoma Roadway
thumbnail of Acoma Water Carriers
thumbnail of Acoma Water Girls
thumbnail of Acoma Woman
thumbnail of Agichida, Assiniboin
thumbnail of Ah Chee Lo
thumbnail of Aki-tanni
thumbnail of Alchise, Apache
thumbnail of Among the Black Buttes, Navajo Land
thumbnail of Among the Rocks, Acoma
thumbnail of An Acoma Man
thumbnail of An Acoma Man
thumbnail of An Acoma Woman
thumbnail of An Aged Paviotso of Pyramid Lake
thumbnail of An Apache Babe
thumbnail of An Idle Hour, Piegan
thumbnail of An Incident of the Winter Dance, Kwakiutl
thumbnail of An Oasis, Navajo
thumbnail of An Offering at the Waterfall, Nambe
thumbnail of Antelope Cap
thumbnail of Antelope Ruin, Navajo
thumbnail of Antelope Ruins, Navajo
thumbnail of Apache Babe in Carrier
thumbnail of Apache Babe in Carrier
thumbnail of Apache Brave
thumbnail of Apache Dancers
thumbnail of Apache De Gazza
thumbnail of Apache Girl
thumbnail of Apache Girl and Papoose
thumbnail of Apache Land
thumbnail of Apache Medicine Cap and Fetish
thumbnail of Apache Mescal Camp
thumbnail of Apache Mother and Baby
thumbnail of Apache Scout
thumbnail of Apache Still Life
thumbnail of Apache Warrior
thumbnail of Apache Wickiup
thumbnail of Apache Wickup
thumbnail of Apache Women Cooking
thumbnail of Apache Yenin Guy
thumbnail of Apsaroke Mother
thumbnail of Apsaroke War Group
thumbnail of Arapaho Indian Smoking Pipe
thumbnail of Arapaho Maiden
thumbnail of Arikara Chief
thumbnail of Arikara Girl
thumbnail of Arikara Girl
thumbnail of Arikara Medicine Ceremony
thumbnail of Arikara Medicine Ceremony, The Ducks
thumbnail of Arikara Medicine Fraternity, The Prayer
thumbnail of Arikara Woman
thumbnail of Assiniboin Boy, Atsina
thumbnail of Assiniboin Camp
thumbnail of Assiniboin Man
thumbnail of At the Ford, Apache
thumbnail of At the Ford, Apache
thumbnail of At the Old Well of Acoma
thumbnail of At the Shrine, Navajo

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