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What holds my attention in Curtis’s work is not the triumph of character and individuality over typology, nor the possibility that he dignifies his Native American subjects by incorporating them into ‘the family of man’ is rather the ways in which the faces in Curtis's pictures are occupied by and preoccupied with time. 

Shamoon Zamir, The Gift of the Face: Portraiture and Time in Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), page 8

Our Reactions series combines photographs and text from The North American Indian with reactions to those images and stories by Native Peoples today. Each Reaction focuses on one image and provides related text, quotes, and insights about the subject.
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Bear Bull -


Curtis created this distinctive portrait of Bear Full in 1926.

Travaux-Piegan, Piegan men and women carrying scarad items on horseback

Travaux- Piegan

These Piegan men and women are carrying scared items in the travaux strapped onto their houses.

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Horse Capture - Atsina

This powerful portrait of Horse Capture includes several details about his life.

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Klamath Woman

This piercing portrait of a Klamath woman was created in 1923.

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