Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Plate 269 Umatilla Maid
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Vintage Photogravure
“Two distinct cultural areas are represented in the costume of this damsel. The familiar beadworked, deerskin dress is an acquisition from the plains culture, while the basketry hat and the shell-bead necklace hail from the pacific slope. Note the skin of the deer's tail fastened in front at the collar, as an aid in removing the garment.” – Edward Curtis.

It is curious to note that very little is written by Curtis regarding the Umatilla. The narrative in Volume VIII of The North American Indian, barely a paragraph speaks about them, only referring to a linguistic association to the Yakima.
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