PHOTO FINISH: Unseen images from an epic exploration of Alaska Native culture are finally seeing the light


September 16, 2021

Four Indigenous women of Nunavik Island in the Bering Sea. From the new exhibition, "Edward S. Curtis: Unpublished Alaska, the Lost Photographs," opening Sept. 16 at The Muskegon Museum of Art in Michigan. (Photo by Edward Sherriff Curtis, 1927, Courtesy of the Curtis Legacy Foundation)

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- Faces framed with thick fur, and adorned with traditional vertical-line chin tattoos. Kayak-makers concentrating on their craft. Mountainside island dwellings teetering on the skinniest of stilts.

These glimpses into Alaska Native culture were captured in 1927, when photographer Edward Curtis traveled to Nome and the Bering Sea to visually and journalistically chronicle the lives and customs of the Indigenous people of areas including Little Diomede Island, King Island, Nunivak Island, Hooper Bay, King Island, and Cape Prince of Wales.

In collaboration with the tribes who welcomed him into their communities, posed for him, and shared stories, language, songs, and traditions, Curtis composed myriad photogravures while in Alaska, many of which are included in The Alaskan Eskimo, the 20th and final volume of Curtis' epic life's work: The North American Indian.


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