Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Plate 046 Pima Matron border=
Plate 046 Pima Matron
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Vintage Photogravure
“A representative Pima woman of middle age.”

Many of Curtis images have serious expressions. This smile is telling of the pleasant life the Pima tribe lived.

The basket on this Pima woman’s head not only demonstrates a tool for carrying supplies, but also, like the cornucopia, is valuable representation of their environment.

“The Pima are particularly fortunate in having an abundance of natural foods, for besides deer, rabbits, quail, doves and fish, their county affords a great diversity of vegetal products. The fruit of many varieties of cactus is an important item in their diet. The giant cactus (saguaro) bears a fruit about the size of a pear, which is gathered in great quantities by means of a long pole with a sharp wooden blade at the end.” - Edward Curtis
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