Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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An Afternoon Chat
Volume, 12.5 x 9.5 inches
Vintage Photogravure
A handful of young Hopi maidens look down at the Edward Curtis’ camera from an adobe rooftop. The structure is of the typical Hopi adobe structure constructed of undressed stone fragments bound with mud plaster. There is a large ladder leading up to the rooftop. The rooftops were made of wooden beams resting on the tops of the walls and covered in rod and grass thatching, a layer of plaster and then topped with a covering of dry earth.

These impressive structures can be up to four or even five stories high and are a fine show of ingenuity on the part of the Hopi people. The girls in this picture are dressed in costume, and most have their hair in two twisted buns on either side of their heads, indicating that they are unmarried. The ladder, which thins at the top bring the viewers eyes right up to the girls in the sky. This photogravure by Edward Curtis was taken in 1906 and is available at our Aspen Art Gallery.
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