Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis -   Plate 444 Quiet Waters - Yurok border=
Plate 444 Quiet Waters - Yurok
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Vintage Photogravure
This Yurok man just about blends into his surroundings on the Klamath River. The landscape is extreme with towering rock structures and desert like trees reflecting in the still waters. The subject stands on the shoreline fishing for salmon with a long handled net. The tribe has figured out the choicest locations along the river to find schools of salmon. These locations tend to be eddies where the salmon are attracted by the still waters. The fish using large nets and catch multiple fish at once.

The reflection of the landscape in the water shows how tranquil this scene is.

The plate shows the ruggedness characteristic of the shores of Klamath River. Eddies caused by projecting masses of rock are the spots chosen for taking salmon in dip-nets, both because the upstream set of the current permits the net to be held with the opening down-stream and because the salmon are attracted to such pools of slack water after combatting the swift current. - Edward Curtis
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