Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Plate 204  Old Person - Piegan border=
Title:
Plate 204 Old Person - Piegan
Date:
1911
Size:
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Medium:
Vintage Photogravure
 
Description by Edward Curtis: The young men eagerly seize every occasion of public festivity to don the habiliments of their warrior fathers.

This image of Old Person is in fact a young man. His elaborate costume is likely that of his fathers who was a great warrior. The incredible feathered headdress her wears extends down his entire body. White furry tails surround his face, neck and chest and there is no lack of detail on any part of his attire. Facing sideways to get a view of the many feathers trailing down his body and the portrait view of a handsome face.

"The Sun dance of the Piegan, their most important religious ceremony, was performed annually in the fulfillment of a pledge to the sun made by some woman (who thus avowed herself virtuous) in the belief that her promise to erect a lodge to the sun would result in the recovery of some relative from illness or in his escape from threatening danger." From The North American Indian written by Edward Curtis

"The enemies of the Piegan were the Kutenai, Flatheads, Nez Perces, Shoshoni, Apsaroke, Sioux, Cree, and Atsina." - Curtis
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