by Edward S Curtis
ISBN 0821223585 (0-8212-2358-5)
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Hardcover, Bulfinch Pr, 1997
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Book summary: Native American tribes of the Great Plains region - the Piegan, Sioux, Atsina, Apsaroke. Cheyenne, Assiniboin, Mandan, Arikara, Brule, Blackfoot, Ogalala, Hidatsa, among others - were Edward Sheriff Curtis's first subjects in His compilation of the extensive ethnographic/photographic record The North American Indian. Throughout his thorough study of the native nations of the United States, Canada, and Alaska, from the 1890s to the 1930s, Curtis often returned to observe life on the Plains, investigating every aspect of tribal culture. Great Plains affords a look at some of Curtis's most moving and memorable images, with excerpts from his original text providing information about who these peoples were and how they lived. It is a splendid distillation of tribal life on the brink of extinction in a region once rich in game and open space. The struggle of Native Americans who made their home on the Great Plains increased with the arrival of the twentieth century. Curtis's stunning images and text preserve the proud heritage of these native nations of North America.
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