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Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952) created approximately 2,200 extraordinary photographs of Native America in the largest undertaking ever of its kind.  The result was a massive 20-volume encyclopedia entitled The North American Indian that was published by the University Press of Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Each volume was accompanied by a separate image portfolio.  Only 272 copies of the work were sold, at a price of $3,000 each.

River Trading Post has assembled a collection of images from the various volumes, as well as a very limited number of the beautiful, large portfolio images.

Each original volume image is printed on the finest paper of the day, most on a Dutch etching stock by Van Gelder.  Each 5-1/2" x 7-1/2" image is printed on 9-1/2" x 12-1/2" stock. 

Each of the portfolio images was printed by Suffolk Engraving Co., Cambridge, Massachusetts on nacreous paper.

 An Edward S. Curtis photogravure makes an outstanding addition to any fine collection of Native American art and artifacts.

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A Tewa Girl - 1921

This 18" x 22" photogravure was printed on nacreous paper, titled and inscribed in the plate.  The photogravure is by Suffolk Engraving Co., Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Plate #402 from "The North American Indian."
 


Bear Bull - Blackfoot - 1926

This 18" x 22" photogravure was printed on nacreous paper, titled and inscribed in the plate.  The photogravure is by Suffolk Engraving Co., Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Plate #640 from "The North American Indian."

 

 

Image

Copyright Year

Title

1904

Depositing San Estevan in the Booth - Acoma

1925

Excavated Ruins at Gyusiwa (Jemez Springs)

1925

Hawikuh

1905

A Kiva at Santa Clara

1925

Partially Excavated Kiva, Old Cochiti

1925

Santa Ana and Jemez River

1927

Braided Squash - Wichita

1927

Osage Summer Arbor

1927 Comanche Footwear

1927 Frame of Osage Arbor
1927 Ceremonial House - Wichita
1927 Interior of Sun Dance Lodge - Cheyenne
1927 Interior of Wichita Grass House
1927 Frame of Peyote Sweat Lodge
1927 First Walker - Ponca

1925

Zuni Village at Ojo Caliente

est. 1925

Wall Painting for the Summer Shiwana Ceremonial - Santo Domingo

est. 1925

Drawing of Native Conception of a Kopishtia with Mask and Tablita - Acoma

1925

Shrine of Yellow Cloud Man on Tsikumu Pi

1905

Willow Yellow - Nambe

1925

Hiyortsa - Paguate

1905

Bead Flower - Nambe

1925

A Chochiti Woman

1905

Rock-Purple-Mountain
San Juan

1905

Douglas Spruce Leaf -
Cacique of San Juan

1925

Pecos in Ruins

1904 Fiesta of San Estevan - Acoma