Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Plate 714  The Muskrat Hunter - Kotzebue border=
Title:
Plate 714 The Muskrat Hunter - Kotzebue
Date:
1928
Size:
Portfolio, 18 x 22 inches
Medium:
Vintage Photogravure
 
This image depicting an Alaskan Indian of the Kotzebue was taken by Edward S. Curtis in 1928. The Kayaks they built were made specifically for the individual, taking in to account the paddlers arm and body length for optimal use. Here we see a native whose face is framed with fur on the hood of his garment paddling through the reeds. He is hunting for muskrat and it is very important he does well in this hunt. This image is available at our Aspen Art Gallery.

"The task of recording descriptive material embodied in these volumes, and of preparing the photographs which accompany them, had its inception in 1898. Since that time, during each year, months of arduous labor have been spent in accumulating the data necessary to form a comprehensive and permanent record of all of the important tribes of the United States and Alaska that still retain to a considerable degree their primitive customs and traditions. The value of such work, in great measure, will lie in the breadth of its treatment, in its wealth of illustration, and in the fact that it represents the result of personal study of a group of people who are rapidly losing the traces of their aboriginal character and who are destines ultimately to become assimilated with the "superior race." - Edward S Curtis
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