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    The North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis, Volume Ten

    Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian Volume Ten Being a Series of Volumes Picturing and Describing The Indians of the United States, the Dominion of Canada, and Alaska. Edited by Frederick Webb Hodge, Field research conducted under the patronage of J. Pierpont Morgan. (Norwood: Plimpton Press, 1915), limited edition on vellum, folio (9.5" x 12.5"), unbound, 366 pages of text with 74 photogravures (including color plates), missing one plate "Tenaktak Canoes" but with a duplicate plate of "Embarking". Volume ten of this 20-volume set covers the Kwakiutl people. Plates and text pages are in excellent condition with tissue guards present. A very desirable and pristine volume with an extremely high "break-up" value.

    Curtis writes in his introduction to this volume, "The people and the region treated in this volume are unusual material for the ethnologist and the artist. Ethnologically the natives of North America are usually placed in broad, and somewhat loose, cultural groups, one of which comprises the seafaring tribes of the North Pacific coast from the Columbia river to Eskimoan territory in Alaska...Of all these coast-dwellers the Kwakiutl tribes were one of the most important groups, and at the present time theirs are the only villages where primitive life can still be observed. Their ceremonies are developed to a point which fully justifies the term dramatic. They are rich in mythology and tradition...An unusual amount of time has been devoted to the collection of material for this volume, a portion of each field season from 1910 to 1914 having been spent among the Kwakiutl tribes; and so much of the data is of exceptional interest that it has been found necessary to increase materially the number of pages. To meet this need, and yet keep the volume of uniform thickness with its predecessors, a somewhat thinner paper has been used..."


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