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"The information that is to be gathered ... respecting the mode of life of one of the great races of mankind, must be collected at once or the opportunity will be lost." In 1906, J. P. Morgan provided Edward Curtis with $75,000 to produce a series on Native Americans and he recorded tribal lore and history, and he described traditional foods, housing, garments, recreation, "The information that is to be gathered ... respecting the mode of life of one of the great races of mankind, must be collected at once or the opportunity will be lost." In 1906, J. P. Morgan provided Edward Curtis with $75,000 to produce a series on Native Americans and he recorded tribal lore and history, and he described traditional foods, housing, garments, recreation, ceremonies, and funeral customs. Curtis's goal was to photograph and to document as much of Native American traditional life as possible before that way of life disappears. Contents: The Apache Historical Sketch Homeland and Life Mythology - Creation Myth Medicine and Medicine-men The Messiah Craze Puberty Rite Dance of the Gods The Jicarillas Home and General Customs Mythology - Creation Myth Miracle Performers Origin of Fire The Navaho Home Life, Arts, and Beliefs History Mythology - Creation Myth Miracle Performers Legend of the Happiness Chant Legend of the Night Chant Ceremonies—the Night Chant Maturity Ceremony Marriage Southern Athapascan Comparative Vocabulary


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"The information that is to be gathered ... respecting the mode of life of one of the great races of mankind, must be collected at once or the opportunity will be lost." In 1906, J. P. Morgan provided Edward Curtis with $75,000 to produce a series on Native Americans and he recorded tribal lore and history, and he described traditional foods, housing, garments, recreation, "The information that is to be gathered ... respecting the mode of life of one of the great races of mankind, must be collected at once or the opportunity will be lost." In 1906, J. P. Morgan provided Edward Curtis with $75,000 to produce a series on Native Americans and he recorded tribal lore and history, and he described traditional foods, housing, garments, recreation, ceremonies, and funeral customs. Curtis's goal was to photograph and to document as much of Native American traditional life as possible before that way of life disappears. Contents: The Apache Historical Sketch Homeland and Life Mythology - Creation Myth Medicine and Medicine-men The Messiah Craze Puberty Rite Dance of the Gods The Jicarillas Home and General Customs Mythology - Creation Myth Miracle Performers Origin of Fire The Navaho Home Life, Arts, and Beliefs History Mythology - Creation Myth Miracle Performers Legend of the Happiness Chant Legend of the Night Chant Ceremonies—the Night Chant Maturity Ceremony Marriage Southern Athapascan Comparative Vocabulary

30 review for The North American Indian: History, Culture & Mythology of Apache, Navaho and Jicarillas Tribe with Original Photographic and Ethnographic Records

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paquita Maria Sanchez

    I was fortunate enough to examine several extremely early editions of Curtis's portfolios, and I must confess that they are quite breathtaking when viewed full-sized. The devotion that Curtis exhibited toward the cause of creating a reverent, informative, and thorough visual history of North American Indians overshadows the moral issues raised by his use of props and his questionable creation of staged "candids" which did not necessarily create a completely accurate portrayal of some tribal cust I was fortunate enough to examine several extremely early editions of Curtis's portfolios, and I must confess that they are quite breathtaking when viewed full-sized. The devotion that Curtis exhibited toward the cause of creating a reverent, informative, and thorough visual history of North American Indians overshadows the moral issues raised by his use of props and his questionable creation of staged "candids" which did not necessarily create a completely accurate portrayal of some tribal customs, costumes, and rituals. Despite its oftentimes harmlessly intended yet deceptive qualities, this is a beautiful collection of images from a master craftsman, and one worth viewing with full awareness of the hostile sociopolitical contexts within which they were created.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Addicted to Books

    5 - brings- me -to -my -childhood- days-amazing-stars I saw this book when I was 12 and it was so expensive and I had to save up for 4 months to purchase this book with a discount coupon and sometimes I would relive that childlike excitment. I am a big fan of native american culture and many a times I used the pictures in the book to write short stories. Over the years it always stayed with me. My copy has survived well with no dog ears with only inimal damage at the spine. My copy was not only w 5 - brings- me -to -my -childhood- days-amazing-stars I saw this book when I was 12 and it was so expensive and I had to save up for 4 months to purchase this book with a discount coupon and sometimes I would relive that childlike excitment. I am a big fan of native american culture and many a times I used the pictures in the book to write short stories. Over the years it always stayed with me. My copy has survived well with no dog ears with only inimal damage at the spine. My copy was not only well loved but carefully handled as well. The book contains 800 photographs of the native american culture during their early days at the reservations.(That heartbreaking history of America). The pictures sometimes are clearly not ethical as they looked staged with the use or props and may be carefully calculated to portray a certain reality. Knowing native american history well enough, I can clearly see that someimess the reality seen in these pictures were not the reality the Indians were living. That being said, some of the pictures are stunning and can sometimes seem devastating One of my favorite pictures: This man's stunningly sophisticated beautiful face speaks volumes of his pain. Other pictures :

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chris G Derrick

    Well this isn't what could be described as a 'novel'. Apart from the forward there's very little text, only descriptions of each picture. Some of these are just one line - others are more detailed. Apparantly this book was a result of 30 years worth of work by Edward S Curtis, where he visited 80 different tribes and exposed 40,000 different negatives. Some quest! As a pictoral history of the Native American people and their life it's certainly worth a look - but you do have to have an interest in t Well this isn't what could be described as a 'novel'. Apart from the forward there's very little text, only descriptions of each picture. Some of these are just one line - others are more detailed. Apparantly this book was a result of 30 years worth of work by Edward S Curtis, where he visited 80 different tribes and exposed 40,000 different negatives. Some quest! As a pictoral history of the Native American people and their life it's certainly worth a look - but you do have to have an interest in the subject to even start it. It's not one of the books that you hope will get better after 20 pages or so. The way it begins is the way it is all the way through. As for me I enjoyed working my way through it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Compliments Timothy Egan's biography of Edward Curtis...by actually being parts of the portfolios Curtis spent most of Egan's book preparing (and in real life too with the help of JP Morgan). I'd heard there was going to be a visiting exhibit at our art museum of Curtis' work, so I was very stoked to find a reasonable copy of this book before I visit the gift shop with their exhibit markup. There's a short introduction and a reprint of Teddy Roosevelt's intro to the original volumes; the rest is Compliments Timothy Egan's biography of Edward Curtis...by actually being parts of the portfolios Curtis spent most of Egan's book preparing (and in real life too with the help of JP Morgan). I'd heard there was going to be a visiting exhibit at our art museum of Curtis' work, so I was very stoked to find a reasonable copy of this book before I visit the gift shop with their exhibit markup. There's a short introduction and a reprint of Teddy Roosevelt's intro to the original volumes; the rest is pictures so it's a quick "read".

  5. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    Like most Americans, I have seen Curtis' work throughout the years. But a recent visit to Santa Fe where we saw some original reproductions from his portfolios put his work in a whole new light. This Taschen book (not expensive - $20 - for such beautiful repros!) has all of his portfolios, and they are the oeuvre of a true genius. Leafing through these pages gives you a profound sense of what we lost in our culture when we decimated the American Indians and their culture. As someone who lives in Like most Americans, I have seen Curtis' work throughout the years. But a recent visit to Santa Fe where we saw some original reproductions from his portfolios put his work in a whole new light. This Taschen book (not expensive - $20 - for such beautiful repros!) has all of his portfolios, and they are the oeuvre of a true genius. Leafing through these pages gives you a profound sense of what we lost in our culture when we decimated the American Indians and their culture. As someone who lives in the West, the pictures of well-known natural monuments and plains with the original peoples in the landscape is moving beyond words. I can't recommend this book highly enough.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Byrd Alyssa

    This is the invaluable tome of Edward Curtis. It is rich with images of American Indians – but many of the pictures were staged by Curtis, so it must be viewed with this knowledge. The pictures are from approximately 1907-1930, and elicit great emotive response. Many of them are stunningly beautiful, awe inspiring, and thought provoking. The geographical range of the myriad tribes represented include Arctic and Subarctic, through the Northwest, Plains, Plateau, Prairie Plains, Great Basin, North This is the invaluable tome of Edward Curtis. It is rich with images of American Indians – but many of the pictures were staged by Curtis, so it must be viewed with this knowledge. The pictures are from approximately 1907-1930, and elicit great emotive response. Many of them are stunningly beautiful, awe inspiring, and thought provoking. The geographical range of the myriad tribes represented include Arctic and Subarctic, through the Northwest, Plains, Plateau, Prairie Plains, Great Basin, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and California culture regions.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Coleen

    Having read Shadow Catcher (Egan), I jumped at the chance to see the Curtis exhibit showing locally (Bend OR). Of course, there were only a few of the numerous photographs on exhibit, but the drive was worth the time and effort. AND I was anxious to purchase this book. I did so, and was not disappointed! This is not a book to be 'read' so much as so be savored and enjoyed...over and over. While there is some text, the information provided enhances the enjoyment of Curtis's photos. It is truly a Having read Shadow Catcher (Egan), I jumped at the chance to see the Curtis exhibit showing locally (Bend OR). Of course, there were only a few of the numerous photographs on exhibit, but the drive was worth the time and effort. AND I was anxious to purchase this book. I did so, and was not disappointed! This is not a book to be 'read' so much as so be savored and enjoyed...over and over. While there is some text, the information provided enhances the enjoyment of Curtis's photos. It is truly a treasure trove! I purchased the book new at the Exhibit.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    I picked this up in B&N bargain pile because it looked like an interesting photography book. While the photos were beautiful, Curtis's original explanations that accompany some of them are such a product of their time that I found many of them distasteful. The introduction helped frame the project and gave some clue as to its importance, but for a modern edition I don't think it went far enough to mitigate the exploitative nature of Curtis's work. 2019 Catch Up Challenge | Book I own but haven't I picked this up in B&N bargain pile because it looked like an interesting photography book. While the photos were beautiful, Curtis's original explanations that accompany some of them are such a product of their time that I found many of them distasteful. The introduction helped frame the project and gave some clue as to its importance, but for a modern edition I don't think it went far enough to mitigate the exploitative nature of Curtis's work. 2019 Catch Up Challenge | Book I own but haven't read

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jane Doe

    The photos in this book are truly amazing. If you are looking for a book that delves deeply into Native American culture then this is not the book for you. However, if you want to see stunning pictures and get a little information then this is an excellent book to purchase.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cicada

    Pictures are intriguing and beautiful but unfortunately very racist introduction (and that is from the writer, not just the historical context of these photos...) - I think they should've revised the Intro for a 2014-16 reprint. Pictures are intriguing and beautiful but unfortunately very racist introduction (and that is from the writer, not just the historical context of these photos...) - I think they should've revised the Intro for a 2014-16 reprint.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    Unbelievably beautiful. A treasure.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    Wow, an extremely important book for our US history. The documentation of the photo's for all the different North American Indians that were around at the turn of the century can not be undervalued. The treatment, agreements and every following one that was broken makes this one of the worst tragedies in our Country's history. So the documentation of the tail end of some of the tribes that may have not continued is important. Unfortunately Edward did not make much money for his work and it is a s Wow, an extremely important book for our US history. The documentation of the photo's for all the different North American Indians that were around at the turn of the century can not be undervalued. The treatment, agreements and every following one that was broken makes this one of the worst tragedies in our Country's history. So the documentation of the tail end of some of the tribes that may have not continued is important. Unfortunately Edward did not make much money for his work and it is a shame, but what he left is a national treasure that should be appreciated for everyone to see.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    I was expecting the photos, was somewhat expecting anthropological perspective, but was totally surprised by the beautiful prose of all the creation, fire, night chant myths and ceremonies. What a wonderful work - I guess the credit of the prose really belongs to the native american creators, but credit given for reproducing it with a reverence and respect that surprised me for a book written so long ago an a european.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Malika-Liki

    What is sure: the photographs are beautiful; their purpose also as a witness and testimony of tribes, customs, ceremonies, adjournments, etc. what I cringe at while reading is the use of some terms, usually used at that time, but unacceptable today as "savage" or a judgment of some tribes smartness. it's a beautiful book, with great shots and of importance. What is sure: the photographs are beautiful; their purpose also as a witness and testimony of tribes, customs, ceremonies, adjournments, etc. what I cringe at while reading is the use of some terms, usually used at that time, but unacceptable today as "savage" or a judgment of some tribes smartness. it's a beautiful book, with great shots and of importance.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Q

    Edward Curtis's photos are exquisite and share the deepest truth of cultures and people ravaged by our government because of differences and greed. The photos capture a people and place and time of history not to be forgotten. Edward Curtis's photos are exquisite and share the deepest truth of cultures and people ravaged by our government because of differences and greed. The photos capture a people and place and time of history not to be forgotten.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Malou

    Even though Curtis' photography and documentation on American Indians is often contested, it has been (and still is I suppose) an important source. Taschen did a great job making his photography accessible (at affordable price) to common people and not just old, dusty history professors. Even though Curtis' photography and documentation on American Indians is often contested, it has been (and still is I suppose) an important source. Taschen did a great job making his photography accessible (at affordable price) to common people and not just old, dusty history professors.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aiga Al

    A book that is a work of art. Beautiful and breathtaking. And somewhat sad.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This was a great companion while reading Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    Less read and more looked, but the looking gets 4 stars because of the wonderful and historically relevant pictures. This is such a beautiful book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Vitalia Marcantonio

    The photography is exceptional. Particularly the portraits.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Beverly J.

    I loved this so much. The striking portraits, the stunning scenery, it was like stepping back in time. I stumbled upon this at the library and am certainly glad i picked it up

  22. 4 out of 5

    Zeljka Kristin

    I own this book and photographs are just striking. Beautiful artwork from a remarkable photographer.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Wow. The history, the eloquence of our native Americans. Edward S. Curtis outdid himself.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    From 1896 to 1930, Edward Curtis traveled throughout the Indian territories of the United States, making a vivid record of the North American Indian peoples and their vanishing way of life. Ironically, J. P. Morgan provided the funding for this monumental project. Once Curtis had secured funding, he hired several people to help him with logistics, fieldwork, and the recording of Native American languages, including a journalist and an anthropologist employed by the Smithsonian. Over a period of th From 1896 to 1930, Edward Curtis traveled throughout the Indian territories of the United States, making a vivid record of the North American Indian peoples and their vanishing way of life. Ironically, J. P. Morgan provided the funding for this monumental project. Once Curtis had secured funding, he hired several people to help him with logistics, fieldwork, and the recording of Native American languages, including a journalist and an anthropologist employed by the Smithsonian. Over a period of thirty-plus years, Curtis made thousands of wax cylinder recordings of Indian languages and music, and took thousands of photographs from over 80 tribes, ranging from the American Southwest (Apache, Navaho, and Hopi tribes) to the Pacific Northwest (Salish peoples) and the Northern Great Plains (Assiniboine peoples). For this Aperture book, 95 photographs, with accompanying texts, were selected from the extensive archives. If you want to behold the character and history of Native American peoples, then look no further than this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    Edward Curtis devoted his adult life to photographing Native Americans, living among them, gaining their trust, and capturing their fast- vanishing way of life. 23 years, 20 volumes of photographs and 80 tribes later, Curtis' record is like no other. It is beautiful, fascinating, and exhaustive. And very hard to find. This paperback edition reduces the photographs to 4x5 or smaller, and the result is to rob the viewer of the full effect. But the original twenty-volume folio edition is rare and e Edward Curtis devoted his adult life to photographing Native Americans, living among them, gaining their trust, and capturing their fast- vanishing way of life. 23 years, 20 volumes of photographs and 80 tribes later, Curtis' record is like no other. It is beautiful, fascinating, and exhaustive. And very hard to find. This paperback edition reduces the photographs to 4x5 or smaller, and the result is to rob the viewer of the full effect. But the original twenty-volume folio edition is rare and expensive, so this is the edition that most of us will see. If you want to understand the first Americans, this is the place to start.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tamra

    Absolutely stunning. The photographs in this book are taken from a twenty volume encyclopedia of the North American Indian tribes that Curtis compiled between 1895 and 1928. His work combines amazing artistry with the thoroughness of an historian and anthropologist. I only wish that Taschen had published this compilation in a larger format with a decent binding - a work this beautiful and informative deserves a far better presentation.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Elliott

    This pictoral book is a collection of many of the pictures from Edward S. Curtis' "North American Indian" 20 volume set. They are far too small to reveal the detail that is available in a large print version like "Sacred Legacy" (which I would recommend greatly over this one). Although one of the things that I did pick up from this book is the ability to visually recognize the markings of a few different tribes. This pictoral book is a collection of many of the pictures from Edward S. Curtis' "North American Indian" 20 volume set. They are far too small to reveal the detail that is available in a large print version like "Sacred Legacy" (which I would recommend greatly over this one). Although one of the things that I did pick up from this book is the ability to visually recognize the markings of a few different tribes.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    I had this book on my shelves for a good many years before I actually picked it up and took the time to take a good look at all of the photos. This is a 'must have' when reading a biography of Edward Curtis. There is a brief biographical timeline at the end of the book. I had this book on my shelves for a good many years before I actually picked it up and took the time to take a good look at all of the photos. This is a 'must have' when reading a biography of Edward Curtis. There is a brief biographical timeline at the end of the book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    absolutely stunning sepia-tone photos

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    This is an unbelievable collection of photographs. Wish I could see it in a larger format to better soak in the many details but still very worth checking out.

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