An Oasis in the Bad Lands,1905, Platinum print.
Introduction


Between 1901 and 1930, Edward S. Curtis photographed Native Americans from more than eighty tribes. His seminal images—more than 40,000—came to define America’s popular vision of Native American culture. Portraits of Native America features more than sixty-five master prints selected for exhibit by Curtis himself in 1906. The magnificent 14-by-17-inch platinum prints, on art nouveau mounts and signed by the artist, testify to Curtis’s importance as a major American photographer. The works are drawn from the Peabody Essex collection, considered the finest museum compilation of Curtis photographs in the world.

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