Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis -   Plate 265 - Black Eagle - Nez Perce border=
Title:
Plate 265 - Black Eagle - Nez Perce
Date:
1905
Size:
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Medium:
Vintage Photogravure
 
At the age of 16, Black Eagle, a big strong Indian worked alongside Chief Joseph in the uprising of 1877. He demanded respect and got it.

There is a tale regarding Black Eagles ability with horses, and one in particular. When he left the reservation and joined a rodeo, he left behind a horse with which he had a special relationship. A young man attempted to catch this horse many times, but did not succeed. When Black Eagle returned, he called the horses name, whistled and held out his hat. The horse immediately approached and put his nose the hat.

The “pompadour”, seen in many of Edward Curtis portraits, replaced the archetypal look of two braids with bangs worn prior to the 1890’s.
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