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 White Deerskin Dance Costume, Hupa
thumbnail of White Duck, Hidatsa
thumbnail of White Man Ruins Him, Apsaroke
thumbnail of White Man Runs Him
thumbnail of White River Valley, Apache
thumbnail of White Shield - Arikara
thumbnail of Wife of Modoc Henry, Klamath
thumbnail of Wind Mountain, Washington
thumbnail of Winnowing Wheat, San Juan
thumbnail of Winter Hunters, Apsaroke
thumbnail of Winter, Apsaroke
thumbnail of Wisham Female
thumbnail of Wisham Girl
thumbnail of Wishham Bride
thumbnail of Wishham Child
thumbnail of Wishham Woman
thumbnail of Wishham Woman
thumbnail of Wishram Fishing Platform
thumbnail of Wishram Girl
thumbnail of Wolf, Apsaroke
thumbnail of Woman and Child, Nunivak
thumbnail of Wyemah
thumbnail of Yakima Boy
thumbnail of Yakotlus
thumbnail of Yakotlus, Kwakiutl
thumbnail of Yaqui Girl
thumbnail of Yaqui Man
thumbnail of Yaqui Matron
thumbnail of Yebicahi War Gods
thumbnail of Yebichai Initiation Outdoors
thumbnail of Yebichai Prayer
thumbnail of Yebichai Prayer, Navajo
thumbnail of Yebichai Sweat, Navajo
thumbnail of Yebichai, Patient in Sweat Bath
thumbnail of Yebichai, The Beggar
thumbnail of Yellow Bone Woman
thumbnail of Yellow Bull, Nez Perce
thumbnail of Yellow Kidney, Piegan
thumbnail of Yo Shona
thumbnail of Young Hairy Wolf, Apsaroke
thumbnail of Young Indian Child
thumbnail of Yuls-Huls-Walking
thumbnail of Zahadolzha, Navajo
thumbnail of Zosh Clishn, Apache
thumbnail of Zuni Bead Worker
thumbnail of Zuni Brave
thumbnail of Zuni Bread Maker
thumbnail of Zuni Gardens
thumbnail of Zuni Girl with Jar
thumbnail of Zuni Girls
thumbnail of Zuni Indian Bead Worker
thumbnail of Zuni Ornaments
thumbnail of Zuni Portrait
thumbnail of Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico
thumbnail of Zuni Water Carriers

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