Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis -   Plate 126 Going to Camp - Apsaroke border=
Title:
Plate 126 Going to Camp - Apsaroke
Date:
1908
Size:
Portfolio, 18 x 22 inches
Medium:
Vintage Photogravure
 
Description by Edward Curtis: This picture was made at a small winter camp on Pryor creek in the Pryor Mountains, Montana.

Heading away from the camera a small woman carries a large burden. She is likely carrying a large piece of firewood on her back to keep warm in the snowy conditions. The carrying and collecting of firewood was the women’s task in Apsaroke tribes.

"In stature and in vigor the Apsaroke, or Crows, excelled all other tribes of the Rocky Mountain region, and were surpassed by none in bravery and in devotion to the supernatural forces that gave them strength against their enemies. Social laws, rigidly adhered to, prevented marriage of those even distantly related, and the hardships of their life as hunters eliminated infant weaklings. The rigors of this life made the women as strong as the men; and women who could carry a quarter of a buffalo apparently without great exertion, ride all day and all night with a raiding war-party, or travel afoot two hundred and fifty miles across an unmarked wilderness of mountains, plains, and swollen streams in four days and nights, were not the women to bring forth puny offspring."
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