Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Plate 221 Wife of Mnainak - Yakima border=
Plate 221 Wife of Mnainak - Yakima
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Vintage Photogravure
Description by Edward Curtis: Mnainak, son of the former chief of the Columbia River village Skin at the north side of Celilo falls, is probably the man of greatest influence among the remnant of the cognate bands that constitute the Yakima.

This photogravure by Edward Curtis pictures a middle aged woman wearing an elaborately beaded shirt and cap. Her hair is in two braids and she is staring directly at the camera, confronting the viewer. The draped background serves as great contrast to the figure.

Quote from Edward S. Curtis' North American Indian: "At the time of the earliest explorations in the pacific Northwest the watershed of the Yakima river in south-central Washington, from its mouth to the vicinity of Kittias creek, was held by small bands of Shahaptian stock. They were very loosely bound together, and in their speech were, and are, many dialectic differences. Yet they fell into several geographical divisions, within which there were certain degrees of cohesiveness, the component bands occupying their respective territories to the exclusion of others, but regarding themselves as closely related."
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