Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Hidatsa Mother border=
Title:
Hidatsa Mother
Date:
1908
Size:
Volume, 12.5 x 9.5 inches
Medium:
Vintage Photogravure
 
This beautiful image photographed by Edward S. Curtis is of a Hidatsa mother with a small child strapped to her back. When a child was born the parents made a feast and a prominent figure, likely and elderly man or woman was called upon to name the infant. There was no ceremony connected with piercing the ears a job given to the grandmother. This Edward S. Curtis photo was printed in 1908 on Dutch Van Gelder and is for sale in our Aspen Art Gallery.

"The Hidatsa, commonly known under the inappropriate appellation "Gros Ventres of the Missouri," differed from most of the tribes of the northern plains in that they were a sedentary and semi-agricultural people, gaining part of their livelihood, of course, by the chase. Their habitat for many generations has been along the Missouri from heart river to the Little Missouri, in North Dakota." from Volume IV in Edward Curtis' "The North American Indian"
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