Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Dressing skins (Kutenai)
Volume, 9.5 x 12.5 inches
Vintage Photogravure
Originally the Kutenai tribes would make their dwellings using a tipi frame covered with rush matting strung together with willow bark thread (using a deer bone needle). The lodges of the very poor would be covered in bark or with spruce boughs while some wealthy men had elk skins. Later, around when this photo was taken by Edward S. Curtis buffalo skins became plentiful and would be used to build the lodge you see here. First thought the skins would be dressed as pictured.

This was taken in 1910 by photographer Edward Curtis for his 7th volume in the North American Indian project. The photo is printed on Japon Vellum and is available for sale in our Aspen Art Gallery.
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