Edward Sheriff Curtis was a professional photographer who can be credited with creating one of the greatest collections of photographs of the indigenous tribes of North America.
He first photographed a Native American back in 1895, and over the following ten years he found himself travelling to states such as Alaska and Montano to take more photographs of the various tribes there.
JP Morgan would eventually approach Curtis about creating a documentary based on the tribes throughout the country, which he himself would finance. The series would be entitled The North American Indian.
Curtis travelled all across North America for 20 years, taking tens of thousands of images of various tribes. Yet he was guilty of setting up many of these to appear less real than they should. Despite being into the 20th century, he avoided taking images near modern settlements or devices, opting to frame them in a more basic tribal manner.
Much of the images looks like they belong a few centuries prior to the 1900s, and is a far cry from the modern lives the Natives were living at the time. He did however note down endless notes on the native language, folklore legends, songs and dances performed, as well as the histories of many tribes as told by the indigenous people themselves.
So to that end, you can appreciate the body of work he compiled, as it offers a look into the lives of Indigenous Americans that simply cannot be matched. (h/t: mashable)