Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Plate 238 Dusty Dress - Kalispel border=
Plate 238 Dusty Dress - Kalispel
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Vintage Photogravure
Description by Edward Curtis: The Kalispel young woman, Skohlpba, is garbed in a dress ornamented with shells that imitate elk-tusks. The braids of hair are wound with strips of otter fur, and a weasel-skin dangles from each. The bands of white on the hair are effected with white clay.

Dusty Dress is wearing a very typical dress adorned with what look like elk-teeth but according to Curtis’ are actually shells made to look that way. She has white clay painting her hair and large earrings. The textured background leads the eyes to and from her face that is staring directly at the camera.

From Curtis' North American Indian:

LOCATION: Washington, Idaho, and Montana- The country lying between the Rocky Mountains and the Cascades, and south of the Canadian border to the forty seventh parallel (forty-sixth in Montana).

DRESS: When first observed, all these tribes wore clothing of the plains type (deerskins), although many of them had not long passed the state of practical nudity with women wearing only a loin cloth.
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