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2015-Dec-27 The Lone Chief – Cheyenne by Edward S. Curtis

2015-Dec-27 The Lone Chief – Cheyenne by Edward S. Curtis

Artist: Edward S. Curtis (American, 1868-1952)
Title: The Lone Chief – Cheyenne, plate #665
Date: 1927
Accession #: 2009.11.665
Medium: Photogravure on Dutch Van Gelder paper
Dimensions: sheet: 22 x 18 in., image: 15 5/16 x 11 7/16 in.
Acquired by: Dubuque Cultural Preservation Committee, an Iowa general partnership, consisting of Dr. Darryl K. Mozena, Jeffrey P. Mozena, Mark Falb, Timothy J. Conlon, and Dr. Randy Lengeling
Interesting fact about the Photographer: It may have taken thirty years for Edward S. Curtis to finish The North American Indian project, but he was not finished devoting himself to good causes once this project was over. After traveling the United States learning everything he could about Native Americans, Curtis even took up environmental issues. At one point in his career, he ousted the decisions of Pacific Northwest businesses and people that were nearly bringing native sea otters to extinction. (from: Makepeace, Anne. Edward S. Curtis Coming to Light. Washington D.C.: National Geographic, 2002. Print.)

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