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 High Medicine Rock, Crow
thumbnail of His Fights, Oglala
thumbnail of Hleastunuh, Skokomish
thumbnail of Holds the Enemy
thumbnail of Hollow Horn Bear
thumbnail of Home of the Havasupai
thumbnail of Home of the Kalispel
thumbnail of Hoo-Man-Hai, Maricopa
thumbnail of Hoop on the Forehead
thumbnail of Hoop on the Forehead
thumbnail of Hoop on the Forehead
thumbnail of Hoop on the Forehead, Crow
thumbnail of Hooper Bay Homes
thumbnail of Hopi Angel
thumbnail of Hopi Bridal Costume
thumbnail of Hopi House Builder
thumbnail of Hopi Indian Brave
thumbnail of Hopi Life
thumbnail of Hopi Snake Priest
thumbnail of Hopi Virgin
thumbnail of Hopi Water Girls
thumbnail of Horse Capture, Atsina
thumbnail of Hu Ka-Lowa Pitfire-Carrier
thumbnail of Hu Kalawa Pi, the Altar Complete
thumbnail of Hu Kalowa Pi
thumbnail of Hu Kalowa Pi Ceremony
thumbnail of Hupa Female Shaman
thumbnail of Hupa Fisherman
thumbnail of Hupa Fisherman
thumbnail of Hupa Fisherman
thumbnail of Hupa Indian Dancer
thumbnail of Hupa Indian Fishing
thumbnail of Hupa Indian Mother and Child
thumbnail of Hupa Mother
thumbnail of Hupa Shaman
thumbnail of Hupa Trout Trap
thumbnail of Hupa Woman
thumbnail of Iahla, Willow, Taos
thumbnail of In a Piegan Lodge
thumbnail of In a Piegan Lodge
thumbnail of In Camp, Dakota Sioux
thumbnail of In San Ildefonso
thumbnail of In the Canyon's Depth, Navajo
thumbnail of In the Forest
thumbnail of In the Forest, Klamath
thumbnail of In the Land of the Sioux
thumbnail of In the Mountains, Spokane
thumbnail of In the Tule Swamp, Upper Lake Pomo
thumbnail of Incense over a Medicine Bundle, Hidatsa
thumbnail of Incense, Atsina
thumbnail of Indian Bride
thumbnail of Indian Cliff Dwellings
thumbnail of Indian in a Bear Fur Costume
thumbnail of Indian Sentinel
thumbnail of Indian War Bonnet
thumbnail of Indian War Gods
thumbnail of Innocence, Umatilla
thumbnail of Into the Hills, Navajo
thumbnail of Into the Shadow, Clayquot
thumbnail of Iron Breast, Piegan
thumbnail of Isleta Woman
thumbnail of Jack Red Cloud, Oglala
thumbnail of Jack Shiggie
thumbnail of Jajuk, Selawik
thumbnail of Jicarilla Camp
thumbnail of Jicarilla Cowboy
thumbnail of Jicarilla Cowboy
thumbnail of Jicarilla Fiesta
thumbnail of Jicarilla Girl
thumbnail of Jicarilla Girl in Feast Dress
thumbnail of Jicarilla Man
thumbnail of Jicarilla Man
thumbnail of Jicarilla Warrior
thumbnail of Jicarilla Woman
thumbnail of Joseph Dead Feast Lodge, Nez Perce
thumbnail of Judith, Mojave
thumbnail of Judith, Mojave
thumbnail of Kashhila, Wishham
thumbnail of Kato Woman
thumbnail of Kayak with Seal Hunting Equipment, Nunivak
thumbnail of Kenowun, Nunivak
thumbnail of King Island Village
thumbnail of King Island, Alaska
thumbnail of Klamath Indian Head-Dress
thumbnail of Klamath Indian in Costume
thumbnail of Klamath Indian Woman
thumbnail of Klamath Woman
thumbnail of Klickitat Man
thumbnail of Klickitat Profile
thumbnail of Kominaka Dancer
thumbnail of Kotsuis and Hohhug, Nakoaktok
thumbnail of Kutenai Camp
thumbnail of Kutenai Duck Hunter
thumbnail of Kutenai Woman
thumbnail of Kwahwumhl
thumbnail of Kwakiutl House-Frame, Memkumlis
thumbnail of Kwakiutl Indians in Boat, British Columbia
thumbnail of Launching the Boat, Little Diomede Island
thumbnail of Lean Wolf, Hidatsa
thumbnail of Lelehalt, Quilcene
thumbnail of Lewis and Clark's Landing Place at Nihhluidih
thumbnail of Lies Sideway
thumbnail of Lifting the Net, Quinault
thumbnail of Little Daylight
thumbnail of Little Dog, Brule
thumbnail of Little Hawk
thumbnail of Little Plume and son Yellow Kidney
thumbnail of Lodge Interior, Piegan
thumbnail of Lodge of the Horn Society
thumbnail of Lone Tree, Apsaroke
thumbnail of Long Time Dog
thumbnail of Long Time Dog, Hidatsa
thumbnail of Lucille
thumbnail of Lucille
thumbnail of Luqaiot, Kittitas
thumbnail of Luzi, Papago Indian
thumbnail of Lynx Cap, Navajo
thumbnail of Mamalelekala Cemetery on Village Island
thumbnail of Mamalelekala Chief's Mortuary House
thumbnail of Man in Pomo Dance Costume

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