Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis -   Plate 127 Winter Apsaroke border=
Title:
Plate 127 Winter Apsaroke
Date:
1908
Size:
Portfolio, 18 x 22 inches
Medium:
Vintage Photogravure
 
Description by Edward Curtis: In the thick forests along the banks of mountain streams the Apsaroke made their winter camps.

A particularly beautiful image of a woman returning to her tipi with a large bundle of firewood. The tipi is set up in the forest where there is an abundance of firewood as well as protection from the elements.

"The Apsaroke were and are the proudest of Indians, and although comparatively few (they now number only one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven, and are constantly decreasing), they rarely allied themselves with other tribes for purposes of defense. For probably two and a half centuries they were the enemy of every tribe that came within striking distance, and for a goodly part of this time they were virtually surrounded by hostile bands with a common hatred against this mountain tribe that likened itself to a pack of wolves. The swarming thousands of the western Sioux, aided by the Cheyenne and Arapaho, tried to force them westward. The powerful Blackfeet invaded their territory from the north and northwest, Flatheads and Nez Percés were worthy foes from the west, and the wily Shoshoni pressed in from the south; yet the Apsaroke were ever ready to repel invasion from whatever direction it might come." - From Curtis' North American Indian
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