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 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
thumbnail of At the Water's Edge, Arikara
thumbnail of At the Water's Edge, Piegan
thumbnail of Atlumhl, Koskimo
thumbnail of Atsina Babe
thumbnail of Atsina Camp Scene
thumbnail of Atsina Chiefs
thumbnail of Atsina Crazy Dance
thumbnail of Atsina Fly Dance
thumbnail of Atsina Indian on Horse Pulling Travois
thumbnail of Atsina Maiden
thumbnail of Atsina Warriors
thumbnail of Awaiting the Scouts Return, Atsina
thumbnail of Babe and Parent
thumbnail of Band of Mounted Navajos Passing Through Canyon
thumbnail of Basketry of the Mission Indians
thumbnail of Bear Black
thumbnail of Bear Rattles, Arikara
thumbnail of Bear's Belly, Arikara
thumbnail of Bear's Teeth
thumbnail of Before the Storm
thumbnail of Ben Long Ear
thumbnail of Berry Pickers, Kotzebue
thumbnail of Big Head
thumbnail of Big Head
thumbnail of Big Mouth Spring
thumbnail of Bird on High Land, Crow
thumbnail of Bird Rattle
thumbnail of Black Canyon, Crow
thumbnail of Black Eagle, Assiniboin
thumbnail of Black Hair
thumbnail of Blackfoot Indian Fleshing a Hide
thumbnail of Boys in a Kayak, Nunivak
thumbnail of Boys in Kayak - Nunivak
thumbnail of Bread, Apsaroke
thumbnail of Broken Fish, Weir
thumbnail of Brule War Party
thumbnail of Buffalo Berry Gatherers, Mandan
thumbnail of Buffalo Dance at Hano
thumbnail of Buffalo Dancer
thumbnail of Buffalo Dancers
thumbnail of Buffalo Society, Animal Dance, Cheyenne
thumbnail of Bull Chief
thumbnail of Bull Shoe's Children
thumbnail of Bullchief at the Ford
thumbnail of By the Canal, Maricopa
thumbnail of By the River, Flathead
thumbnail of Cahuilla House in the Desert
thumbnail of Camp at Stony Lake
thumbnail of Camp Curtis
thumbnail of Camp Curtis with Spokane Natives
thumbnail of Camp Gossips, Atsina
thumbnail of Camp in the Cottonwoods, Cheyenne
thumbnail of Camp of the Root Diggers, Yakima
thumbnail of Canoeing on Clayquot Sound
thumbnail of Canyon de Chelly - Navajo
thumbnail of Canyon Shadows, Navajo
thumbnail of Carved Posts at Alert Bay
thumbnail of Cayuse Woman
thumbnail of Cayuse Woman
thumbnail of Cecilia Joaquin, Pomo Woman
thumbnail of Ceremonial Mask, Nunivak
thumbnail of Cha Cah Tana
thumbnail of Chemehuevi Boy, Arizona
thumbnail of Chemehuevi Modern Home
thumbnail of Cheyenne Girl
thumbnail of Cheyenne Maiden
thumbnail of Cheyenne Male
thumbnail of Cheyenne Profile
thumbnail of Cheyenne Warrior
thumbnail of Cheyenne Warriors
thumbnail of Cheyenne Young Woman
thumbnail of Chideh, Apache
thumbnail of Chief Child, Crow
thumbnail of Chief Joseph, Nez Perce
thumbnail of Child Life, The Cotton Woods, Navajo
thumbnail of Chino
thumbnail of Chinook Female Profile
thumbnail of Coast Pomo with Feather Head-Dress
thumbnail of Comanche Mother and Child
thumbnail of Coming for the Bride, Qagyuhl

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