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 Construction of a Tule Shelter, Lake Pomo
thumbnail of Cooking Acorns, Upper Lake Pomo
thumbnail of Cornfields of Canon del Muerto
thumbnail of Council of War, Crow
thumbnail of Country of the Kutenai, Flathead Lake, Montana
thumbnail of Coups Well Known, Apsaroke
thumbnail of Cree Girl
thumbnail of Cree Indian Hunting Moose
thumbnail of Cree Woman
thumbnail of Crow Chief's Daughter
thumbnail of Crow Indian
thumbnail of Crow Indian
thumbnail of Crow Indian Boy
thumbnail of Crow Indian Brave
thumbnail of Crow Indian Chief
thumbnail of Crow Indian Kneeling beside Water
thumbnail of Crow Indian Warrior
thumbnail of Crow Warriors On Horseback
thumbnail of Crow's Heart - Mandan
thumbnail of Crow's Heart, Mandan
thumbnail of Crying to the Spirits
thumbnail of Curley, Apsaroke
thumbnail of Cutting Rushes, Mandan
thumbnail of Czele Marie, Pima
thumbnail of Dahchihtok, Nunivak
thumbnail of Dakota Sioux Man
thumbnail of Dancer with Black Deer Effigy, Hupa
thumbnail of Dancing to Restore an Eclipsed Moon, Kwakiutl
thumbnail of Daughter of American Horse
thumbnail of Day Dreams, Piegan
thumbnail of De Gizzeh-Rolling, Apache
thumbnail of Desert Rovers, Apache
thumbnail of Diegueno House at Campo
thumbnail of Drilling Ivory, King Island
thumbnail of Drying Meat
thumbnail of Drying Piahe, Yakima
thumbnail of Drying Walrus Hide, Diomede
thumbnail of Drying Whale Meat, Hooper Bay
thumbnail of Duck-Skin Parkas, Nunivak
thumbnail of Dusty Dress
thumbnail of East Mesa Girls, Hopi
thumbnail of En Al Leih
thumbnail of Entering the Bad Lands, Sioux
thumbnail of Esipermi, Comanche
thumbnail of Eskadi, Apache
thumbnail of Eskimo Family
thumbnail of Eskimo Girl
thumbnail of Eskimos Drying Whale Meat, Hooper Bay, Alaska
thumbnail of Eskimos in Kayaks, Noatak
thumbnail of Espon Unzo Owa, Mojave
thumbnail of Evening on Flathead Lake, Montana
thumbnail of Fast Elk (Hexaka Luzahan)
thumbnail of Fasting, Sioux
thumbnail of Fat Horse with Insignia of Blackfoot Soldier
thumbnail of Feast March Ceremony, Apache
thumbnail of Fiesta of San Estevan, Acoma
thumbnail of Fish Shows, Apsaroke
thumbnail of Fish-Weir Across Trinity River, Hupa
thumbnail of Fishing Camp, Skokomish
thumbnail of Fishing from a Platform, Hupa
thumbnail of Fishing from Canoe, Hupa
thumbnail of Fishing Platform on Trinity River, Hupa
thumbnail of Fishing with a Gaff Hook, Paviotso
thumbnail of Flathead Camp on the Jocko River
thumbnail of Flathead Childhood
thumbnail of Flathead Man
thumbnail of Flathead Profile
thumbnail of Flathead Woman
thumbnail of Flute Ceremony at Tureva Spring, Middle Mesa
thumbnail of Flute Dancers at Tureva Spring
thumbnail of Flute Dancers at Tureva Spring
thumbnail of Food Caches - Hooper Bay, Alaska
thumbnail of Food Caches, Hooper Bay
thumbnail of For a Winter Campaign, Apsaroke
thumbnail of For Strength and Vision (Sun Dance)
thumbnail of Four Eskimo Children, Nunivak
thumbnail of Ga Askidi, Zahadolzha, Haschelti, Navajo
thumbnail of Gaaskidi, Navajo
thumbnail of Gathering Abalones, Nakoaktok
thumbnail of Gathering Hanamh, Papago
thumbnail of Gathering Hasen, Qahatika
thumbnail of Gennetoa the Renegade, Apache
thumbnail of Geronimo - Apache
thumbnail of Getting Water, Apache
thumbnail of Ghost Bear, Crow
thumbnail of Giving the Medicine, Navajo
thumbnail of Gobuguoy, Walpi Girl
thumbnail of Going to Camp
thumbnail of Goldenrod Meadows, Piegan
thumbnail of Good Bear with Family
thumbnail of Grinding Grain
thumbnail of Grinding Medicine, Zuni
thumbnail of Grizzly Bear Dancer, Qagyuhl
thumbnail of Group of Navajos in Tesakod Canyon
thumbnail of Group of Winter Dancers
thumbnail of Hamasaka in Tluwulahu Costume with Speaker's Staff
thumbnail of Hamasilahl
thumbnail of Hamatsa Emerging from the Woods
thumbnail of Hamatsa, Kwakiutl
thumbnail of Hami, Koskimo
thumbnail of Haschebaad, Navajo
thumbnail of Haschelti and Haschebaad, Navajo
thumbnail of Haschezhini, Navajo
thumbnail of Hasen Harvest, Qahatika
thumbnail of Hastobiga, Navajo Medicine Man
thumbnail of Hatali Nez
thumbnail of Havachach, Maricopa
thumbnail of Head Carry
thumbnail of Head Dress, Atsina
thumbnail of Head-Dress of the Matoki Society
thumbnail of Heavy Shield
thumbnail of Henry, Wichita
thumbnail of Hidatsa Bull Boat
thumbnail of Hidatsa Indian Getting Water
thumbnail of Hidatsa Man
thumbnail of Hidatsa Mother
thumbnail of Hidatsa Woman
thumbnail of Hide Scraping, Apsaroke
thumbnail of Hide Stretching, Apsaroke
thumbnail of High Hawk

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