Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Hamasilahl - Qagyuhl, Vol. X border=
Hamasilahl - Qagyuhl, Vol. X
Volume, 12.5 x 9.5 inches
Vintage Photogravure
Pictured here by photographer Edward S. Curtis is Hamasilahl of the Qagyuhl tribe. The Qagyuhl were one of the very few tribes that true primitive life could be observed by Edward S. Curtis. They had dramatic and well developed ceremonies and their development of ceremonial masks and costumes was far more advanced than other tribes.

Hamasilahl means "Wasp-Embodiment" was a dance that came from creatures in the sky for ceremony. The image was taken by Edward Curtis in 1914 and is printed on Japon Vellum. The piece is available for sale in our Aspen Art Gallery.
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