Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Plate 408 Honovi, Walpi Snake Priest - with Totokya Day Painting border=
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Title:
Plate 408 Honovi, Walpi Snake Priest - with Totokya Day Painting
Date:
1921
Size:
Portfolio, 22x18 inches
Medium:
Vintage Photogravure
 
From the elaborate hairdressing to the strips of fabric flowing off of the bottom of photogravure, this picture is bursting with interest. The subject has thick bangs shaping his face and stares directly into the camera. He is holding the accoutrement of a Walpi Snake Priest to prepare for the day of the Antelope dance. His body is covered in patches of white pigment and his neck adorned with necklaces and shells. In his right hand he is holding eagle feathers or the, “snake whip” and in the left a bag of ceremonial meal. The subject confronts the viewer right away with his intense stare.

Edward Curtis' Caption: “This plate depicts the accoutrement of a Snake dancer on the day of the Antelope dance (see Volume XII, pages 146-149). The right hand grasps a pair of eagle-feathers - the "snake whip" - and the left a bag of ceremonial meal. Honovi was one of the author's principal informants.”
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