Internationally known authority on the history of the North American Indian. Edward Curtis may be said to be the last of the great 19th century photographers of Western America.
COLLECTOR'S 1972 vintage first edition Native American photographic history hardcover book with the original dust jacket - In A Sacred Manner We Live: Photographs of the North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis. Introduction and commentary by Don D. Fowler. Frontispiece photograph.
One hundred and twenty SUPERB representative black & white photographs selected from Curtis's monumental work and reproduced by The Meriden Gravure Company. The high quality photographic plates are truly works of art. Photos do not fully capture exact hues and subtle sepia tones; wait until you see. WOW!
Photographic selection by Rachel J. Homer; intro and commentary by Don D. Fowler. Publisher: Barre Publishers, Weathervane Books. Copyright: 1972 first edition, probable later 1970's printing. Not ex-library. ISBN: 0-517-228106. Not ex-library.
By the turn of the twentieth century the Western Indian's way of life was disintegrating under the pressures of reservation life, disease and poverty. Edward Curtis conceived an ambitious project: to photograph and document the Indian manner of life before it disappeared completely. He succeeded after 25 years of continual work in compiling 20 volumes of text and photographs plus another 20 portfolios of photogravure plates, all entitled 'The North American Indian".
Introduction by Don Fowler who describes Curtis the photographer and ethnographer, and the Indian groups depicted, commenting on the unique cultural characteristics of each tribe. Curtis caught on film not only the beauty of the race, but the way of life. The photographs show the way it was it was once-and is no more. They are poignant, powerful testament to a way of life that from today's perspective seems in many ways less savage and more reverent than our own.
An Apache washing pool, Mandan buffalo berry gatherers, a Cheyenne Sun Dance, the Cowichan spearing salmon, a feast day at Acoma, the frame of a Comanche sweat lodge, a Zuni girl, a Koskimo House-Post, Lake Pomo Fishing Camp, Bear's Belly. Daughter of American Horse, Hopi on the housetop, Buffalo, Animal dance at the pool, Mohave mother, a Bridal group and so much more.
Chapters: Edward Curtis, The Indians, The Plains, The Southwest, The Plateau, The Desert West, Northern and Central California, The Northwest Coast, The Eskimo, Footnotes, Bibliographical Notes and References.
Perhaps the most fitting tribute to Curtis's work was written by George Bird Gringell. " I speak of Curtis's work as photography and of his pictures as photographs; but these terms are misleading to anyone who, in thinking of a photograph,forms a mental picture only of the photographs that he has seen. The results that Curtis gets with his camera stir one as one is stirred by a great painting; and when we are thus moved by a picture, and share the thought and feeling that the artist had when he made the picture, we may recognize it as a work of art."
Quarto hardcover, priceclipped dustjacket, two tone-tan spine and brown buckram boards, 9" x 11", 152 cardstock pages. Binding tight. Excellent/very good vintage condition overall. Cover excellent overall/bright/mostly clean/shelfwear includes light corner bump/spine age spotting-discoloration.
DJ very good+/very good overall/bright/mostly clean/general shelfwear includes some light top edge chipping-bottom spine chip-2 top 1/8" tears-some discoloration-light creasing. Pages excellent/very good/good/bright/no tears/photographs mostly bright & clean/many pages clean/shelfwear is age spotting-first few pages before intro has most spotting and end glossary/some pages light age spotting on edges/approx 5/6 photo pp-1 to 2 small spots on couple pp-2pp small spotting area-1 to 2pp more spotting.
Do not pass up this OUTSTANDING collector's book; will make a fantastic gift for yourself or someone special in your life!!
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