Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Plate 405 Watching the Dancers border=
Title:
Plate 405 Watching the Dancers
Date:
1906
Size:
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Medium:
Vintage Photogravure
 
Four young Hopi girls have their backs to the camera. Wearing traditional holiday dress they are watching dancer from a nearby rooftop. The adobe structure is simple, yet sturdy.

Description by Edward Curtis: A group of girls on the topmost roof of Walpi, looking down into the plaza.

"The Hopi reservation was established in 1882, but until the beginning of the twentieth century the people were practically independent of governmental authority. Since that time official supervision, assistance, and sometimes blundering interference in harmless religious and personal customs, has become more and more effective, and the result is the gradual abandonment of the old order. In 1906 not a maid at the East mesa kept her hair in the picturesque squash-blossom whorls indicative of the unmarried state." - Edward Curtis
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