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Descendants Project

The Descendants Projects: gives voice to Native Peoples whose ancestors from 100 years ago

The Descendants Projects amplifies the voices of Native Peoples whose ancestors were photographed by Edward Curtis more than 100 years ago.  For the past four years, we've reached out to living descendants and asked their permission to interview, photograph, and videotape them as they spoke about their experiences as Native People in the 21st century. With their permission, we plan to publish their stories so that others may learn more about the many aspects of Native Cultures today. 

Giving Back

Rosebud Sioux Tribe

We believe it is our duty to give back to the Native communities where Edward Curtis worked. Every year, we give a portion of the donations and book sales receipts we receive to support Native American and/or Alaska Native organizations. The amounts vary annually, with a range of between 2.5% and 7% of our total revenue from the previous year. 

Unpublished Book Series

Undiscovered Plains book cover - Native American

The Unpublished series is part of our educational programs intended to help people learn more about the work of Edward Curtis and its connection to the lives of Native People today.

Curtis Census

The North American Indian volumes of books

The Curtis Census is our project to identify and locate all known sets and volumes of The North American Indian. Published by Edward  Curtis from 1907 to 1930, The North American Indian was planned to be a limited edition of 500 sets. Due to the extremely high cost of the publication and the prolonged publication cycle, it’s thought that no more than 300 complete or partial sets were finally printed.

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