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The North American Indian Being a Series of Volumes Picturing and Describing the Indians of the United States and Alaska

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The North American Indian Being a Series of Volumes Picturing and Describing the Indians of the United States and Alaska

Artist: Edward S. Curtis (American, 1868 - 1952)

Author: Edward S. Curtis (American, 1868 - 1952)

Publisher: Edward S. Curtis (American, 1868 - 1952)

Editor: Frederick Webb Hodge (American, 1864 - 1956)

Date: 1907
Medium: ink on paper, photogravure on paper; bound brown leather spine and corners with gold embossing on spine, tan fabric boards
Dimensions:
13 × 10 1/4 × 2 1/8 inches (33 × 26 × 5.4 cm)
Classification: Documentary Artifacts
Inscribed: 4476 (lower center on title page, in ink); cat. 4/29/31 (top left edge of title page, in pencil)
Markings: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY LIBRARY (stamp, on title page); HOLLAND (watermark on title page, along right edge, vertical); VAN GELD (watermark, along left side bottom edge, backwards)
Credit Line: Purchase of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, 2013
Object number: 2013.2.21
DescriptionApache, Jicarillas, Navaho
Label Text:Volume One is open to “The Blanket Maker – Navaho." Curtis wrote about the artistry of the blankets. Yet he downplayed the important economic contributions of the weavers. “The Navaho woman weaves her blanket not so much for profit as for love of the work. It is her recreation, her means of expressing imagination and her skill in execution. . . . When after months of labor she finished a blanket, her pride in her work of art is indeed well justified.”
Provenance: Acquired by subscription directly from the artist by the National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C.[1]; purchased December 6, 2012 through (Christies, New York, New York,[2]) by (Arader Galleries, New York, New York); purchased June 10, 2013 through (Arader Galleries, New York, New York) by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art | [1] This set was stored in the National Geographic Society’s archive housed in the Society’s Washington, D.C. headquarters. | [2] "The National Geographic Collection: The Art of Exploration," December 6, 2012, Christie’s, New York, Rockefeller Plaza, sale 2603, lot 65
Exhibitions:
  • Lasting Impressions: The Work of Edward S. Curtis