Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Painted Tipis - Assiniboin border=
Painted Tipis - Assiniboin
Volume, 9.5 x 12.5 inches
Vintage Photogravure
The Assiniboin are a subset of the Sioux tribes. A nickname given to the tribe was "Stone Cookers" refereeing to the method they used of cooking meat with hot stones in bark containers. The Assiniboin had consisted of two separate bands, the Bull-Moose Lake People and the Mountain People. Both bands would use the same type of housing, the standard buffalo skin tipi. Pictured here by photographer Edward Curtis are a few buffalo skin tipis that have been painted. Likely the subject matter of the paintings came from the owners visions while fasting for religious purposes and generally meant good fortune.

This photogravure was taken in 1926 by Edward S. Curtis. The piece was printed on Dutch Van Gelder and is available for sale in out Aspen Art Gallery.
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