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2015-July-19 Sioux Camp by Edward S. Curtis

2015-July-19 Sioux Camp by Edward S. Curtis

Artist: Edward S. Curtis (American, 1868-1952)
Title: Sioux Camp, plate #93
Date: 1907
Accession #: 2009.11.93
Medium: Photogravure on Dutch Van Gelder paper
Dimensions: sheet: 18 1/8 x 22 1/8 in., image: 11 15/16 x 15 11/16 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: Curtis’ goal with The North American Indian project was to highlight the beauty of Native Americans and as a result, show viewers the respect that these beautiful people deserved. However in 1933, this idea backfired on him. John Collier, the Commissioner of Indian Affairs, accused Curtis of disrespecting the traditions and religious views of the Pueblo Tribe in volumes sixteen and seventeen of his series. In 1923, Curtis had blamed Pueblo priests of abuse and religious persecution when practicing rituals. After firing back with an eleven paged written argument, Curtis was released of Collier’s accusations. (from: Makepeace, Anne. Edward S. Curtis Coming to Light. Washington D.C.: National Geographic, 2002. Print.)

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