Edward S. Curtis
(1868-1952)

Early photographs | Plains, USA

Edward S. Curtis
(1868-1952)

Plains, USA

Ogalala War Party
1907
Large original photogravure
The North American Indian
Suppl. Vol. III, Portfolio plate 77

Dimensions :
Plate: 11 ¾ in. x 15 ¾ in. (30 cm x 40 cm)
Frame: 22 ¾ in. x 28 ¾ in. (58 cm x 73 cm)

Ex collection Galerie Sonia Zannettacci, Geneva, Switzerland

Exhibited and published: “Sur la piste des Sioux”, Musée des confluences, Lyon 2022, pp. 30-31.

Curtis Ogalala War Party large photograuvre/ Galerie Flak Price on request
Edward S. Curtis devoted 30 years of his life to photographing and documenting over eighty tribes west of the Mississippi, from the Mexican border to northern Alaska. His project won support from such prominent and powerful figures as President Theodore Roosevelt and J. Pierpont Morgan.
Upon its completion in 1930, his work, entitled "The North American Indian", consisted of 20 volumes, each containing 75 hand-pressed photogravures and 300 pages of text. Each volume was accompanied by a corresponding portfolio containing at least 36 photogravures.

Here is Curtis description of the image from his field notes :
From Edward Curtis’ Field Notes:

“Here is depicted a group of Sioux warriors as they appeared in the days of intertribal warfare, carefully making their way down a hillside in the vicinity of the enemy’s camp. Many hold in their hands, instead of weapons, mere sticks adorned with eagle-feathers or scalps – the so-called coup-sticks – desiring to win honor by striking a harmless blow therewith as well as to inflict injury with arrow and bullet.”
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