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A Look at the Spectacular Photograph Series – The American Indian

A Kwakiutl shaman performs a religious ritual, 1914

North American Indian

A Koskimo man dressed as Hami (“dangerous thing”) during a Numhlim ceremony, 1914

North American Indian

A Qagyuhl dancer dressed as Paqusilahl (“man of the ground embodiment”), 1914

North American Indian

A Qagyuhl man dressed as a bear, 1914

North American Indian

Qagyuhl dancers, 1914

North American Indian

Nakoaktok dancers wear Hamatsa masks in a ritual, 1914

North American Indian

An Apache man, c. 1910

North American Indian

The passing of every old man or woman means the passing of some tradition, some knowledge of sacred rites possessed by no other…Consequently the information that is to be gathered, for the benefit of future generations, respecting the mode of life of one of the great races of mankind, must be collected at once or the opportunity will be lost for all time.

EDWARD S. CURTIS

Hollow Horn Bear, a Brulé man, 1907  

North American Indian

A Tewa girl, 1906

North American Indian

An Apache woman reaps grain, c. 1910

North American Indian

A Mariposa man on the Tule River Reservation, 1924

North American Indian

A Hidatsa man with a captured eagle, 1908

North American Indian

A Nootka man aims a bow and arrow, 1910

North American Indian

Piegan tepees, 1910

North American Indian

A Sioux hunter, 1905

North American Indian

A Kwakiutl shaman, 1914

North American Indian