Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Plate 105 Wood Gatherer-Sioux
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Vintage Photogravure
Description by Edward S. Curtis: Fuel for cooking and for warming the tipi was gathered and carried by the women, as a part of their domestic work.

Though this woman looks burdened with the large bundle of wood she is carrying form the woods, the Sioux women actually enjoyed their domestic duties. Trudging through the snow she bring the large bundle back to her tipi where they have a fire inside and use a smoke hole at the top.

Curtis wrote: The Lakota lived in a 'tipi,' a portable structure consisting of a framework of poles covered with buffalo skins tanned almost white, which, however, turned brown with use. At the peak was a smoke hole, with two flaps extending outward for regulating the draft.
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