Wednesday, November 4, 2009

"The North American Indian"

Photographer and fellow Seattleite Edward S. Curtis embarked in 1907 on an ambitious project, "The North American Indian." It was an ethnological encyclopedia/photo album of over 80 Native American tribes cataloging each group's history, language and religious observances. The project lasted over twenty years with Curtis taking almost 50,000 photographs. Some controversy remains over the extent to which Curtis staged his pictures, but it can't be denied the images are really amazing...