Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Plate 031 Nesjaja Hatali - Navaho border=
Plate 031 Nesjaja Hatali - Navaho
Portfolio: 22 x 18 inches
Vintage Photogravure
The description by Edward S. Curtis tell us that Nesjaja is a well-known medicine man of the Navajo tribe.

This image is taken from Edward Curtis' North American Indian, a massive project to document what was left of the Native Americans in his time. It is difficult to imagine the incredible scope of the project, which took place about 1900 - 1930. According to noted author and critic A.D. Coleman, the result is "an absolutely unmatched masterpiece of visual anthropology, and is one of the most thorough, extensive, and profound photographic works of all time" (sacred Legacy: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian). These volumes constitute one of the most comprehensive ethnographic records ever accomplished, as well as one of the most ambitious undertakings in fine book making.
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