Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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A Drink - Flathead
Volume, 12.5 x 9.5 inches
Vintage Photogravure
A very young little girl of the Flathead tribe drinks out of what look like a large horn of plenty. The girl stands in the forest in a small patch of light. She has braided hair and a long dress completed with moccasins. This photogravure was taken by Edward Curtis in 1910 and is available at our Aspen Art Gallery.

"The reservation Kutenai in the United States have profited even less than most tribes by association with civilization. A more ragged, filthy, idle, and altogether hopeless-looking community of ophlamic and crippled gamblers it would be difficult to find on a reservation. Their degradation is the more regrettable since the Kutenai physiognomy seems to promise much. It is far less heavy and gross than the Plains type or the types of the surrounding plateau area. It is such as one associates with intelligence and character and one cannot escape the feeling that an opportunity was lost when the Kutenai were permitted to sink to their present level." - Edward Curtis
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