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Spidis - Wisham (from the series The North American Indian)

Spidis - Wisham (from the series The North American Indian)

Artist: Edward S. Curtis (American, 1868 - 1952)
Date: 1910 (printed later)
Medium: photogravure on tissue
Dimensions:
Image: 7 1/8 x 5 1/16 in. (18.1 x 12.9 cm)
Support: 8 1/4 x 5 5/8 in. (21 x 14.3 cm)
Mat: 17 × 14 in. (43.2 × 35.6 cm)
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Gift of Joyce Niemanas, 2011
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2011.22.6
Description
Curtis was passionate about recording the lives of Native Americans, whom he saw as a “vanishing race.” His intentions now seem misguided and his methods clumsy, but his portraits of indigenous North Americans provide an important record. The subject of this picture, Spidis, was probably of the Wisham people who lived along the Columbia River in Oregon. Known as extraordinary fishermen, by the time of Curtis’s visit the tribe’s population had been decimated by diseases introduced by Europeans and their culture compromised by treaties that cut them off from their traditional lands and fishing.
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