Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Plate 552 A Jemez Fiscal
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Vintage Photogravure
An important man in the community this Jemez man is considered a “Fiscal”. His job requirements were like that of a governor and included supervising activities related to the church. He was in charge of such important matters as burial of the dead and the maintenance and care of the church itself. While the Christian church was somewhat forced upon the Taos Pueblo people, it never became an integral part of life for them. The Spanish attempt to bring Christianity to the Native Americans in all tribes was generally a failed venture.

In this photogravure by Edward Curtis the Jemez man and Fiscal looks directly into the camera. He is adorned with multiple necklaces and wearing a patterned cape. Often seen in Curtis’ images he is wearing a tied cloth bandana around his forehead. The background is light and is perhaps the side of an adobe structure.
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