Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Plate 280 Wishham Woman border=
Title:
Plate 280 Wishham Woman
Date:
1909
Size:
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Medium:
Vintage Photogravure
 
In this beautiful portrait of a Wishham woman Edward Curtis captures every detail of her attire. Looking out to the right the subject is dressed in a full length gown and has long braids. The background is blurred, either by Curtis’ artistic doing or by fog in the distance.

"Fish, especially salmon, were plentiful far beyond their needs, and were so easily taken that the people were indolent and inert, lacking the initiative, the energetic force, the manliness characteristic of tribes whose livelihood must be gained largely by hunting. In common with most of the other tribes of the north Pacific coast, they were unusually licentious that chastity was practically unknown; and to a remarkable degree they lacked the tribal instinct, so that killing by hired assassins and by supposed magical means became a recognized practice of frequent occurrence." - Edward S Curtis
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