Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - Drying Piahe - Yakima border=
Drying Piahe - Yakima
Volume 9.5 x 12.5 inches
Vintage Photogravure
This Yakima woman was photographed by Edward Curtis in the process of drying piahe, or roots for food. Food for the Yakima was plentiful, salmon and bread made of roots were the staples of the Yakima diet. The fish would be split, dried completely, and wrapped in tulle matting to dry. They would be eaten roasted or boiled with roots. The Yakima tribe ate many forms of vegetables. They had over 23 varieties on roots 18 berries and various stalk and nuts. They would make bread from various tubers and roots. When they were not eating vegetables and fish they would hunt deer, mountains goats, elk and bears which would get them through the winters.

This photogravure was taken in 1909 by photographer Edward Curtis. It was printed on Japon Vellum and is available for sale in our Aspen Art Gallery.
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