Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - The Harvester - Cahuilla border=
Title:
The Harvester - Cahuilla
Date:
1924
Size:
Volume, 12.5 x 9.5 inches
Medium:
Vintage Photogravure
 
The staple of the Cahuilla diet was that of the seed pods of the mesquite tree. These beans would be harvested in massive quantities. The pods would be broken up and the seeds would be soaked, dried, and then a meal would be made of them. The meal would be eaten dry or mixed with water. According to Edward S. Curtis it tastes somewhat of licorice. The blossoms of the mesquite would be roasted and eaten in balls. Pictured here by Edward S. Curtis is a female harvester with a large basket atop her head.

This photogravure was taken in 1924 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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