Thursday, October 16, 2008

Native American Woman

This photograph is from the early 1900's, and was taken by Edward Curtis. The picture shows a very old Native American Woman. I don't have any other information on the person. It appears she is wearing a printed dress, but at the same time, is wearing what looks like a traditional cap.


  1. According to the American Memory website:

    "The North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis is one of the most significant and controversial representations of traditional American Indian culture ever produced. Issued in a limited edition from 1907-1930, the publication continues to exert a major influence on the image of Indians in popular culture. Curtis said he wanted to document "the old time Indian, his dress, his ceremonies, his life and manners." In over 2000 photogravure plates and narrative, Curtis portrayed the traditional customs and lifeways of eighty Indian tribes. The twenty volumes, each with an accompanying portfolio, are organized by tribes and culture areas encompassing the Great Plains, Great Basin, Plateau Region, Southwest, California, Pacific Northwest, and Alaska. Featured here are all of the published photogravure images including over 1500 illustrations bound in the text volumes, along with over 700 portfolio plates. "

  2. The Native American culture is one of fascination. It is said that the democratic rule among Native Americans of the northeast and northern mid-west was the model for democratic government of the American Colonies.