Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Plate 202 Middle Calf - Piegan
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Vintage Photogravure
Middle Calf is pictured here with a blanket or robe all the way around his head. Staring directly at the camera with a powerful expression.

"Hand in hand with pestilence stalked the liquor traffic, a foe scarcely less pernicious, and indeed they must have had a hardy and prolific people to have so well maintained their population against such malevolent odds. Disease was the white man's first bequest to them, and smallpox spread in advance of the traders and trappers. Quickly following, as a fit ally to the distribution of death, came the whisky sellers, whose chief object was to debauch the natives that their furs and other trafficable property could be secured as cheaply as possible."- By Edward Curtis
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