Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis -   Plate 722  Kobuk Costume border=
Plate 722 Kobuk Costume
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Vintage Photogravure
Another image of Charlie Wood, this photograph shows his entire body. He stands in a field of grass and it is likely summer, otherwise it may be snowy in Alaska. Charlie’s entire outfit is made from fur. This photogravure was made in 1928 and is available at our Aspen Art Gallery.

“The greatest changes in practically every phase of the Indian's life that have taken place, especially within recent years, have been such that had the time for collecting much of the material, would have been lost forever. The passing of every old man or woman means the passing of some tradition, some knowledge of sacred rites possessed by no other; consequently the information that is to be gathered, for the benefit of future generations, respecting the mode of life of one of the great races of mankind, must be collected at once or the opportunity will be lost for all time. It is the need that has inspired the present task.

In treating the various tribes it has been deemed advisable that a geographic rather than ethnological grouping be presented, but without losing sight of the tribal relationships, however remote the cognate tribes may be one from another. To simplify the study and to avoid ready reference to the salient points respecting the several tribes, a summary of the information pertaining to each is given in the appendices.”
- Edward Curtis
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