Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Plate 561 Shuati - Sia border=
Title:
Plate 561 Shuati - Sia
Date:
1925
Size:
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Medium:
Vintage Photogravure
 
This Sia woman is pictured outside an adobe hut. The walls are cracked but sturdy and there is a partially visible window which appears to be paned with glass. She stands with a stunningly beautiful earthen vessel upon her head and many squash-blossom necklaces. Her dress is typical of a Sia woman and includes a long dress and white moccasins. This was photographed by Edward Curtis in 1925.

"The officers of native origin are the cacique and two war chiefs. The head of the "Flint society" of medicine men is the cacique, a life position...The cacique is constantly concerned with prayer and thought for the general welfare, living a frugal life and fasting at frequent intervals. The two war chiefs, "Country Chief" and "Go in Advance," formerly were life officers, but now are appointed annually by the cacique....The war chiefs are charged with the duty of maintaining order, inaugurating and directing communal hunts, announcing ceremonies, and guarding the esoteric participants in the rites." from Edward S. Curtis' "The North American Indian", Volume XVI
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