The Plains Indian Photographs of Edward S. Curtis

The Plains Indian Photographs of Edward S. Curtis

by Edward S. Curtis, Edward Sheriff Curtis
     
 
The traditional cultures of the Indians of the Great Plains—Lakotas, Cheyennes, Wichitas, Arikaras, Crows, Osages, Assiniboins, Comanches, Crees, and Mandans, among others—are recalled in stunning detail in this collection of photographs by Edward S. Curtis (1868–1952). Curtis is the best-known photographer of Native Americans because of his

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The traditional cultures of the Indians of the Great Plains—Lakotas, Cheyennes, Wichitas, Arikaras, Crows, Osages, Assiniboins, Comanches, Crees, and Mandans, among others—are recalled in stunning detail in this collection of photographs by Edward S. Curtis (1868–1952). Curtis is the best-known photographer of Native Americans because of his monumental work, The North American Indian (1907–1930), which consists of twenty portfolios of large photogravures and twenty volumes of text on more than eighty Indian groups in the West. He took pictures of Plains Indians for over twenty years, and his photographs reflect both prevailing attitudes about Indians and Curtis's own vision of differences among the Native peoples whom he photographed. Curtis's photographs have exerted an enduring influence—both positive and negative—on mainstream American culture. They have inspired countless books, articles, and photographic exhibitions, and they continue to appear on posters, postcards, and other souvenirs. Accompanying the remarkable array of images in this book are essays by leading scholars that place the photographs within their proper critical, cultural, and historical contexts. The scholars contributing to this work are Martha H. Kennedy, Martha A. Sandweiss, Mick Gidley, and Duane Niatum.

Editorial Reviews

Journal of the West

"Elegant and thoughtful photographs. . . . An excellent volume for a general audience as well as a post-structural/feminist/new-historical/post-colonial/self-reflexive reader!"—Gretchen Ronnow, Journal of the West

— Gretchen Ronnow

Journal of the West - Gretchen Ronnow
"Elegant and thoughtful photographs. . . . An excellent volume for a general audience as well as a post-structural/feminist/new-historical/post-colonial/self-reflexive reader!"—Gretchen Ronnow, Journal of the West
Publishers Weekly
Famous, iconic and oft-maligned, The Plains Indians Photographs of Edward S. Curtis, taken in the early 20th century, are here winnowed to a tiny fraction of their bulk and considered within their artistic and cultural contexts by scholars Martha H. Kennedy, Martha A. Sandweiss, Mick Gidley and Duane Niatum. However one feels about Curtis's project, it's hard not to be impressed by its scope: The North American Indian, which constitutes about one-third of his total oeuvre, consists of 20 volumes of large photogravures and 20 volumes of illustrated text on more than 80 tribal groups which the 91 photos here can only begin to suggest. Kennedy notes "a widespread tendency to regard Plains Indians as representative... of all American Indians." Sandweiss describes how Curtis conceived of himself "as the Herodotus of a dying race" in his systematic cataloguing of his subjects. (Aug. 23) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
This volume grew out of an exhibition and symposium devoted to Curtis's (1868-1952) depiction in photographs of the traditional cultures of the Indians of the Great Plains<-->Lakotas, Cheyennes, Wichitas, Arikaras, Crows, Osages, Assiniboins, Comanches, Crees, and Mandans. Scholarly essays place the photographs in their critical, cultural, and historical contexts. Along with the text are 91 of Curtis's photographs taken over a period of 20 years<-->an impressive collection, nicely annotated, but the reproductions themselves are inexplicably poor. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803215122
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Pages:
175
Product dimensions:
7.94(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.49(d)

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