Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Plate 290 On Klickitat River (b) border=
Title:
Plate 290 On Klickitat River (b)
Date:
1910
Size:
Portfolio, 18 x 22 inches
Medium:
Vintage Photogravure
 
The peaceful part of the river is a contrast to the unseen drama higher up where rock walls narrow and increase the cascade of water that rushes through, creating pools and opportunity for dip-net fishing. The plentiful salmon and steelhead were easy to gather in the pockets formed by the gushing water.

"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 hinting. 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." from Edward S. Curtis' "The North American Indian", Volume VIII
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