Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Joseph Dead Feast Lodge - Nez Perce
Volume, 9.5 x 12.5 inches
Vintage Photogravure
After Chief Joseph’s death on the Colville reservation the tribe preformed a “Joseph Potlatch” which was a ceremony to distribute all of his possessions. They would build what was called a long house and was many tipis put together in a line as picture here in this Edward Curtis photo. The tribe would put into the tipis all of Josephs earthly possessions (which were many as he was very popular and received many gifts). It took 2 days to distribute all of his things, given out by his widow and signified the “closing act” of his life.

Described by Curtis in his volume 8 of the North American indian on pages 39-40. Photographed by Edward S. Curtis in 1911 and printed on Dutch Van Gelder paper. This image is available for sale in our Aspen Art Gallery.
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