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Edward Sheriff Curtis

Edward Sheriff Curtis

Edward Curtis

Edward Sheriff Curtis photographed all of the major Native American Tribes, west of the Mississippi, with several grants from J.P. Morgan, beginning in the late 1880's through the Great Depression. His goal was to document "The Vanishing Race" as they were prior to the many developments, which cost Native Americans their precious homelands. "The North American Indian" consisted of 20 volumes of photogravures and text, documenting Native American customs, including interviews with many Native Americans who describe in their own words the heritage of their tribes. Each volume was accompanied by a portfolio of large Photogravures, relating to the tribes depicted in the volumes. There are 1510 volume size and 722 portfolio size photogravure plates in the entire collection.
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