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Image of the Week: American Heritage

After hearing an NPR interview on Columbus Day with Timothy Egan, author of Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis, I decided to share a particularly striking example of Curtis’ work.  Curtis’ portraits, taken at the beginning of the twentieth century, document and commemorate the lives and cultures of indigenous Americans.  This photograph, one of thousands taken for Curtis’ 1905 collection The North American Indian, shows a Hupa fisherman standing in the Trinity River of northwest California.  NINES has access to the entire Curtis Collection, courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.  To hear the short Egan interview, click here.

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