Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis -   Plate 400 Loitering at the Spring border=
Title:
Plate 400 Loitering at the Spring
Date:
1921
Size:
Portfolio, 18 x 22 inches
Medium:
Vintage Photogravure
 
Six beautiful young Hopi girls sit and chat by the spring. They are each wearing traditional holiday attire and have their hair in two spirals on either side of their heads. The landscape is desert and feeling of the piece is light and happy.

“A group of Walpi and Hano girls in holiday attire. The background is a typical bit of Southwestern desert.” - Edward S. Curtis

"The Hopi are without doubt among the most interesting of our surviving American Indians, and one of the few groups recently living in a state similar to that of a hundred years ago. They call themselves "Hopitu," The Peaceable people, and peace loving they have always been. True, their history contain pages darkened with the annals of warfare, but their military activities were invariably either for defense of their fields and flocks from the forays of the Ute and Navaho, or what they conceived to be just punishment visited upon some component members of the nascent Hopi people. Affability and sunny disposition are apt to be one's first impression of the dominating traits of Hopi character. Presume on this affability, and you encounter cold reserve, ill-concealed disapproval or outspoken resentment." - Edward Curtis
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