Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Plate 006 Sigesh - Apache border=
Title:
Plate 006 Sigesh - Apache
Date:
1904
Size:
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Medium:
Vintage Photogravure
 
Description by Edward S. Curtis: This illustrates the girls' method of tying the hair previous to marriage. The ornament fastened to the hair in the back is made of leather, broad and round at the ends and narrow in the middle.

From the Apache tribe, this photograph pictures a young woman named "Sigesh". The dark brown background indicated that this photograph was likely taken in Curtis' own tipi. The interest in this piece lies in her method of tying her hair back as well as her beautiful Native attire. According to Edward Curtis her hairstyle is indicative of the fact that she is married. Curtis decided to photograph Sigesh in profile to show this which gives an interesting effect as her face is in shadow while the back of her head is better lit. She is also wearing beautifully patterned garments.
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