Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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A Hopi Mother
Volume, 12.5 x 9.5 inches
Vintage Photogravure
The Hopi are known for being a peaceful tribe. This photogravure gives a feeling of peace with a mother feeding her infant in soft lighting. She is wearing a long dress that is pulled back in order to breastfeed and looking down at her child. This photogravure was taken in 1906 by Edward Curtis and is on display in our Aspen Art Gallery.

"The Hopi are without doubt among the most interesting of our surviving American Indians, and one of the few groups recently living in a state similar to that of a hundred years ago. They call themselves "Hopitu," The Peaceable people, and peace loving they have always been. True, their history contain pages darkened with the annals of warfare, but their military activities were invariably either for defense of their fields and flocks from the forays of the Ute and Navaho, or what they conceived to be just punishment visited upon some component members of the nascent Hopi people. Affability and sunny disposition are apt to be one's first impression of the dominating traits of Hopi character. Presume on this affability, and you encounter cold reserve, ill-concealed disapproval or outspoken resentment." From Edward S Curtis' North American Indian
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