Edward Curtis

Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952) was a white American photographer who captured photographs of the native people of some eighty North American tribes between 1899 and 1920. Taking by some estimates over 40,000 pictures, he published a monumental twenty volume work, The North American Indian, which took him some thirty years to complete. Curtis was born in Wisconsin, raised in Minnesota, and in 1887 migrated to the Pacific Northwest . By 1900 he had embarked on a career of photographing the native people of North America. Many of his portraits capture great and famous native leaders such as Chief Joseph and Geronimo.

Britannica Article

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Edward-S-Curtis

 

PBS Documentary - The Shadow Catcher

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/edward-curtis-shadow-catcher/568/

 

The Documentary on YouTube: The Shadow Catcher

https://youtu.be/ZhNNmo2Si-o

 

Book by Edward Curtis – Free Digital Download

Indian Days of the Long Ago

https://archive.org/details/indiandaysoflon00curt

 

Edward Curtis's Monumental Collection: The North American Indians

All 20 volumes and portfolios are available online in Northwestern University's digital collection:

http://curtis.library.northwestern.edu/index.html 

Silent Film of Native People by Edward Curtis

https://youtu.be/73u7eugbbu8

 

Academic presentation on the Silent Film by Edward Curtis

Video includes descendants of the native people in the film.

https://youtu.be/DywTnHvLHJg

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