The North American Indian

Edward S. Curtis, with a grant from J.P. Morgan, set out to photograph and record the history of, as he put it, “one of the great races of mankind.” It has been estimated that Edward Curtis took over 40,000 pictures of over 80 tribes. With the funding from J.P. Morgan, Edward Curtis published the limited edition 20 book series The North American Indian. You can find the digital reprints of The North American Indian on the Library of Congress website. The pictures are hauntingly beautiful and truly a national treasure. The Oath (Apsaroke) from volume four is as powerful an image as the image of marines taking raising the American flag over Iwo Jima. The image of Apsaroke Mother, also from volume four, is as maternal as any image of the Madonna and child. The images from The North American Indian archive will captivate you.

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