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Edward S. Curtis: The Collection Hardcover – August 30, 2008
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Though this book and slip cover weigh over 13 pounds, the book itself is "Used-Like New" condition. Put this book out on your coffee table or in your private collection and people will think it's brand new. All corners and edges are square and the binding is solid. The pages are pristine. The slip-cover also has square corners and edges. It looks terrific as well, though there are some surface blemishs in a couple of places. Mostly, the slip-cover is still shiny as new. This is a book in rare condition looking for a collector that wanting that capstone book. Even at this price, this book will go fast.
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The ghost dance prophecies said the First Nations people would wear bulletproof shirts, the buffalo would return, and the ancestors would return.
Today, farms are failing in the Dakotas and the herds are beginning to wander and expand, and certain tribes in the area are making Kevlar vests for the military. Could the publication of of the full Curtis collection be a way for all of us to see the ancestors?
Regardless of what we think of Curtis or how he got these photos, at least he was attempting to see the people who lived on this continent for thousands of years as something more than a nuisance species, to be wiped out as soon as possible. Yes, he bribed people, and yes, squabbles resulted. But that's what happens when a photographer deals with anybody, in any society. At least he was doing something, regardless of how flawed.
The book constantly points out that the people in the photos didn't dress like this any more, or only dressed like this for ceremonial purposes. Then again, none of us dress up like this except for special occasions. A part-Wyandotte gentleman I know pointed out that the regalia worn in the photos represents the "Sunday-Go-To-Powwow" outfits. There's even some white regalia right in the introduction: that woman obviously didn't wear that wedding dress all the time.
Living near Nations, we've been surprised and delighted at how many of our neighbors we've seen in these photos. We're constantly saying, "Whoa. Isn't that -- ?" A photo on the cover looks a great deal like Steve Bascemi. Many "white" people have native blood, and you'll start seeing resemblances to many public figures on this continent, including movie actors. Curtis photographed real people, and these faces haven't disappeared at all.
Knowing how the sepia tone can make a photograph appear unreal, or "past," we're wondering what would happen if some of these photos were colorized. Carefully, of course. Just a suggestion.
One purely practical warning about this book: it weighs at least 40 pounds, and the pages are of very high-quality thick paper. Only read this book on a hard surface, because if you attempt to man-handle it and it slips, it can paper-cut a finger wide open, deeply and painfully.