“Visions of a Vanishing Race” by Edward Sheriff Curtis, with text by Florence Curtis Graybill and Victor Boesen. Published by Promontory Press in 1994, it is a hard cover with a dust jacket measuring 10 x 13¼ inches; a price sticker of $22.98 is on the front of the dust jacket. It is in excellent used condition, the hardcovers are very excellent, the dust jacket has slight wear along the edges and the pages appear to be clean and unmarked when flipping through them. A beautiful coffee table book.
First published in 1976, this book is a photographic record of Native American life by one of America’s greatest photographers. From 1904 to 1930, Edward Sheriff Curtis sought out the vanishing Indian tribes with unwavering passion and dedication. He made it his life’s work to record their faces and their lifestyles before they disappeared forever, crushed by the ever-continuing colonization of the West by the white man. He photographed more than eighty tribes, from the Southwest to the Arctic. It was an achievement both poignant and monumental. Now, Curtis’s daughter Florence has selected more than 175 of his most awe-inspiring photos and presented them in this book. She has also collaborated closely with Victor Boesen to give readers a moving and detailed biography of Curtis’s life and work. In addition, there is a memoir of Curtis by his son, Harold. Along with presenting some of the most famous Indian figures in history— such as Chief Joseph and Geronimo— these pages capture Apache chiefs, Hopi weavers, a Wichita dancer, a Skokomish basketmaker, a Cheyenne child, Blackfoot cookery, Nunivak boys in a kayak, and many more unforgettable images.
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