Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Plate 253 Kutenai Girls
Portfolio, 18 x 22 inches
Vintage Photogravure
Three young Kutenai girls stand beside their canoe on the shore of the lake. Each is wearing a long dress and have their backs toward the camera. This is great image of the beautifully built Kutenai Canoes. The background fades into distant trees and hills.

"The Kutenai are not known to be linguistically related to any other tribe... It may be concluded, therefore, that in at least comparatively early times the Kutenai tribe lost its unity, and the resultant bands spread southward across the narrow divide between the Columbia and the Kootenay and down the later river." – Edward Curtis

"The reservation Kutenai in the United States have profited even less than most tribes by association with civilization. A more ragged, filthy, idle, and altogether hopeless-looking community of ophlamic and crippled gamblers it would be difficult to find on a reservation. Their degradation is the more regrettable since the Kutenai physiognomy seems to promise much. It is far less heavy and gross than the Plains type or the types of the surrounding plateau area. It is such as one associates with intelligence and character and one cannot escape the feeling that an opportunity was lost when the Kutenai were permitted to sink to their present level."- Edward S. Curtis
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