Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Plate 268 Piopip - Maksmaks, Profile - Walla Walla
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Vintage Photogravure
Said Edward Curtis of his subject for this photogravure: “PioPio-MaksMaks possesses an unusually strong face, and his remarkably piercing eye betokens a man possessing the courage characteristic of his family and tribe.”

An admired tribe, Lewis and Clark wrote of them, “. . . sometime after we had encamped, three young men arrived from the Wallahwollah Village bringing with them a steel trap belonging to one of our party which had been negligently left behind; this is an act of integrity rarely witnessed among Indians. During our stay with them they several times found the knives of the men which had been carelessly tossed by them and returned to them. I think we can justly affirm to the honor of these people that they are the most hospitable, honest, and sincere people that we have met with in our voyage.”

This portrait reveals the combination of current “pompadour” style bangs with traditional braids and feathers woven into the hair. One can see the inclusion of style from being closely connected with the Nez Perce in territory, who were in turn influenced of the prairie Indians.
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