Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Plate 258 Typical Nez Perce border=
Plate 258 Typical Nez Perce
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Vintage Photogravure
Description by Edward Curtis: This portrait presents a splendid type of the Nez Perce man.

This typical looking Nez Perce Man has very strong facial features and stares directly into the camera. With his hair combed high on top of his head and also flowing softly on either side of his face. He has many necklaces and a simple draped garment. The background is dark brown and was likely taken in Curtis’ Tipi.

LANGUAGE: Shahaptian

LOCATION: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana- From the Bitterroot mountains on the east, the divide between the Snake and Salmon Rivers in the south, the Blue Mountains in the west and the low divide between the Snake River and the Palouse in the north.

DRESS: The costumes of both sexes were plains style, with the single exception of the fez-shaped basket-hats of the women. The usual material for clothing was deerskin, but the dresses of women were frequently of mountain-sheep skin.

From information recorded by Edward S Curtis in his North American Indian volumes.
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