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Major Cultural Legacy Donated To 12 U.S. Tribal Colleges


August 27, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Aug. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The donation includes several hundred contemporary Curtis photographs, and a curated, digital collection of materials originally created by Edward Curtis for his landmark photo-ethnographic publication. With an aggregate value of over $500,000, the donation is being made in recognition of the 10,000 Native Americans who collaborated in the creation of the original publication, and to support current efforts by Native people to reconnect with their history, culture, and traditions.

The North American Indian by Edward Curtis was the most ambitious and expensive ethno-photographic project ever undertaken. Championed by Theodore Roosevelt, and with early patronage from J.P. Morgan, Curtis traveled the continent from 1905–1930, creating 40–50,000 negatives, over 1,000 wax cylinder recordings, and filming the earliest footage of North American Indians. The 2,500,000 words of text provide rare and valuable historic and cultural information.


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