Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Plate 462 The Wokas Season - Klamath border=
Title:
Plate 462 The Wokas Season - Klamath
Date:
1923
Size:
Portfolio, 18 x 22 inches
Medium:
Vintage Photogravure
 
The Klamath tribe was located in Oregon a land of many lakes and marshes. In this photogravure a woman with her face in shadow paddles a canoe though a sea of fallen leaves. The long slender boat is beautifully crafted and likely built of either a pine, cedar, or Douglas Spruce. The main food staple of these people came from the waterways in which they lived, so having boats was very important for survival.

"The character of the Klamath habitat, studded with lakes and marshes. Which provided their principal food, made the canoe an object of great importance. The Klamath canoe is simply the thin shell of a log-pine, cedar, or Douglas spruce-undercut at both ends at an angle of about forty-five degrees, but less at the bow than at the stern. Both ends are shovel-nosed, that is, they are not pointed but are practically as wide as the beam of the craft."-Edward S. Curtis
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