Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Plate 262 Nez Perce Warrior border=
Plate 262 Nez Perce Warrior
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Vintage Photogravure
This close up image of a Nez Perce Warrior displays a unique looking headdress. The subject has one eyebrow raised in a questioning expression. He is wearing a necklace of shell and a brown vest over a white shirt.

"The Nez Perces were a loosely associated group of local bands, each possessing its own territory and own chief. It is true that they had a collective name for these bands, and that there were occasions when perhaps the greater part were in one camp, as at the camps meadows or during fall fishing in the Wallowa and the Salmon. Nevertheless there was in reality no tribal organization. The bands were kindred, spoke the same language, and associated for mutual defense; but they remained distinct." - Edward Curtis
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