Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Plate 292 On the Beach - Chinook
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Vintage Photogravure
On the coast of what is now Washington State an old woman looks out at the sea. She has collected a basket full of clams and walks with a staff. She is facing the sunlight with her eyes closed as if taking in the smells of the mud and sea. The shadow shows the beauty of her high cheekbones.

“An old Chinook woman with staff and clam basket makes her way slowly over the mud flats of the southern end of Shoalwater bay, in Washington. Chiih (Burden-Basket, Catherine Hawks), is one of a very few survivors of the populous tribe that formerly occupied that part of the state of Washington lying between the middle of Shoalwater bay and the Columbia.” - Edward Curtis
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