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.
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.
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.