Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Plate 188 In a Piegan Lodge border=
Title:
Plate 188 In a Piegan Lodge
Date:
1908
Size:
Portfolio, 18 x 22 inches
Medium:
Vintage Photogravure
 
Description by Edward S. Curtis:

Little Plume with his son Yellow Kidney occupies the position of honor, the space at the rear opposite the entrance. The picture is full of suggestion of the various Indian activities. In a prominent place lie the ever-present pipe and its accessories on the tobacco cutting-board. From the lodge-poles hang the buffalo-skin shield, the long medicine-bundle, an eagle-wing fan, and deerskin articles for accoutering the horse. The upper end of the rope is attached to the intersection of the lodge-poles, and in stormy weather the lower end is made fast to a stake near the centre of the floor space.

Desiring to keep the photographs as traditional and accurate as possible Curtis is accused of altering this photograph. It is said that he manipulated a clock out of the center of the piece. This is all the more interesting a photograph because of that, and showed Curtis' dedication to preserving this incredible group of people.
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