Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Plate 241 Spokan Man
Portfolio, 18 x 22 inches
Vintage Photogravure
The Spokan were a peaceful people and this humble image of a Spokan man embodies that peaceful feeling. Staring right into the camera this man could easily be mistaken for a woman with his long braided hair. In very simple attire and well-lit to see the contours of his face.

"Only once did the Spokan engage in hostilities with the United States. After the conclusion of the Stevens treaties with the Yakima, Nez Perce, and others in 1855 the Spokan regarded with apprehension the nearer approach of the multiplying white man; for Governor Stevens informed them that he would make a treaty with them also. His plan was thwarted by the uprising of the dissatisfied Yakima, Wallawalla, and Cayuse, as well as numerous coast tribes, and no treaty was ever made with the Spokan." From Edward Curtis' North American Indian

Our Aspen Art Gallery acquired this piece from The University of San Diego.
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