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Before and during his work on The North American Indian, Edward Curtis wrote more than a dozen articles about photography and about some of the Native Peoples he visited. He also wrote two books for young adults.  Here are some of the most notable of his writings.

Centure Magazine, 1898
The Western Trail, 1900
Scribners Magazine, May 1906

Century Magazine, 1898

In his first published article, Curtis wrote about the goldrush frenzy in Alaska. He included several photographs taken by his brother, Ashael, but he took all of the credit for the photos. Ashael never forgave him for this slight, and the two brothers rarely spoke again.

The Western Trail, 1900

As his reputation as a professional photographer grew, Curtis published several articles with advice for amateur photographers in a small magazine that was published in Seattle.

Scribner's Magazine, May 1906

Curtis wrote two articles promoting his work in this important national magazine. The first, “Vanishing Indian Types - The Tribes of the Southwest,” appeared in the May, 1906 issue.

Scribners-Northwest Magazine Article

Scribner's Magazine, June 1906

This is the second of two articles Curtis wrote to promote his work in this important national magazine. “Vanishing Indian Types - The Tribes of the Northwest Plains,” appeared in the June, 1906 issue.

The Photographic Times, 1907 Article

The Photographic Times, 1907

As sales of his books fell behind goals, Curtis launched a concerted effort to publicize The North American Indian in magazine articles and  in a series of public lectures throughout the country.

Stone Houses Article

Scribner's Magazine, 1909

In “Indians of the Stone Houses,” Curtis described life in Hopi and Walpi cultures as he saw them.

Village Tribes Article

Scribner's Magazine, 1909

In “Village Tribes of the Desert Lands,” Curtis wrote about the Havasupai, Pima, and Papago Peoples.

Hampton Magazine article, 1912

Hampton Magazine, 1912

In a heartfelt article, Curtis wrote about his perspective of the many injustices that Native Peoples faced in their everyday lives. At the end of this article there is a note saying Curtis will continue his story in the next issue, but the magazine ceased publication with the May 1912 issue.

Indian Days Book Cover

Indian Days of the Long Ago, 1914

Looking for a different way to raise money for The North American Indian, Curtis wrote this book of “campfire stories” for young adults.

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