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Edward S. Curtis: Visions of the First Americans Hardcover – April 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Chartwell Books; Reprint edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785826505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785826507
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 13.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Don Gulbrandsen became a Green Bay Packers fan in the late 1960s when he realized that not only were they the best team around, but they had a running back who shared his name—former Texas Tech star Donny Anderson. This was stunning decision for a young boy growing up in northern Illinois, and whose father was a Chicago Bears fan. Don\u2019s transformation into rabid Packer diehard became complete two decades later when he finally moved to the land of his dreams, Wisconsin. Although the Lindy Infante-coached franchise was struggling mightily at the time, it was great to be living in a place where nearly everyone—man or woman, young or old, black or white—found common ground in their devotion to the Packers. Don relished opportunities to attend games, visit the Packers Hall of Fame, spend Sundays glued to the TV, and while away hours in discussion with friends and coworkers analyzing draft prospects, player injuries, and NFC Central opponents. And when the Ron Wolf/Mike Holmgren/Brett Favre/Reggie White era finally arrived, Don—like all Packer fans—was rewarded for his unwavering confidence in the team. Don has spent two decades as a publishing professional, focused primarily on enthusiast books and magazines covering a wide variety of topics: sports, hunting and fishing, home improvement, transportation, collectibles, and more. He has worked as an editor in both magazine and book publishing and is the author of several books.

Customer Reviews

This is a great coffee table book.
Nathan Hurd
You can tell the Native American Indians were treated with great respect and dignity.
Charlene Unoki
I would love to look at a volume of his original books.
Sally A. Friedl

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By James R. Holland VINE VOICE on December 13, 2012
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This is a beautifully printed large-format coffee table book that includes more than 300 Sepia Toned Native American images taken by early 19th Century Pioneer Photographer Edward Sheriff Curtis. The book includes an excellent introduction and helpful picture captions.

The guts of the book are in 20 chapters that match the 20-volume set of books titled "The North American Indian." In this volume, each chapter includes work from each of the original Curtis Series. Most of these pictures are used courtesy of the Library of Congress Collection of Curtis's work.

The Shadow Catcher is the nickname the Native Americans gave the photographer and his camera work. "He Who Sleeps on His breath" was another of the monikers given to Curtis because each night he blew into an inflatable mattress before going to sleep. The nicknames applied to Curtis were typical of the descriptive names of the Native Americans themselves. Many people have at least heard of Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Shot in the Hand, Two Moons, Red Cloud, Geronimo and various other famous Native American warriors.

Now most Americans have probably seen some of the most famous photographs that Curtis produced and don't even realize it. Among the most famous images are portraits of Princess Angelina, Red Cloud, Chief Bear's Belly and Chief Red Hawk. Of the scenes are "Canyon De Chelley," (a striking image copied by movie director John Ford among others), "Oasis in the Bad Lands" (which features Chief Red Hawk watering his horse), and "The Vanishing Race."

Based on some of his earliest work photographing Native Americans, Curtis developed a plan.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Busko VINE VOICE on December 12, 2012
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Edward S. Curtis Visions of the First Americans by don Gulbrandsen is one of those books that you just can't understand how you lived without. I purchased my copy while reading Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan. His biography of Edward S. Curtis, while masterfully written is woefully short of some of the photographs he mentions. While Egan does include some pictures, there just isn't enough. So I shopped around and ordered Gulbrandsen's work.

Many of these pictures are now available on line after doing a Google search. However, having this bound in one book is just too convenient not to have.

Visions of the First Americans is organized into twenty chapters which follows the organization of Curtis' The North American Indian, his masterful 30 year project to photograph the American Indian before they culturally disappeared from the nation.

Included with the photographs, there is a basic sketch of Edward Curtis' life and background information about the work of each chapter. I also rate very highly the great descriptions for each picture.

While I purchased this work as a support document to Short Nights, I rate this work very highly.

This should be in the library of any student of the American West and Indian people.

I highly recommend.
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24 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Photographer on May 21, 2011
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Other reviews have commented upon that this book is a good value based on its perceived quality and size. I take exception to these reviews and instead found the book to be rather poorly put together. The reason the book is relatively inexpensive is that it is poorly bound in China. All of the oversize pages sag off the from the cover when holding the book upright in a normal book holding orientation. This would not occur if the book is opened flat, as on a table.

On an editorial note I was dismayed that most/all of the photos were of older Indians - I guess that's to be expected considering when the photos were taken (early 20th century), but somehow I found it kind of depressing to see these once proud native peoples reduced to posing and re-enacting scenes. Also very few photographs of the more famous Indians e.g., Sitting Bull, Gall. I also found the heavy sepia toning to be distracting - but that's merely my opinion on Curtis's style.

Overall somewhat disappointed in both the photos and the production.

Also a comment on Amazon's packing: you would think a place that started out specializing in selling and shipping books would know how to pack books for shipment so that they don't arrive with bent corners etc. A couple of air pillows stuck in a too large box is not sufficient. The air pillows inevitably slide around and most sides of the book are left unprotected and slam against the box's sides. How about actually wrapping the books in padding and then using a correct size, sturdy box Amazon?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jo A. Mallette on July 23, 2013
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This book contains many photos I had not seen before & I was pleased with the photo descriptions. I have other books about Curtis & his work but this shows a great cross-section of his work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marian Hjortsberg on April 19, 2013
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Excellent coverage of Curtis' work. The price was low, so also the quality of the paper. I bought it to accompany Timothy Egan's very excellent biography of Edward S. Curtis, "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher". That way I could see all the photographs Egan mentioned.
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