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    The Piegan Blackfeet.

    Edward S. Curtis, Photographer: Lot of Six Vintage Portfolio Photogravures from The North American Indian, Plus Chapter Six Index. This grouping of original prints includes the following plates, all from Volume VI:
    Plate 184 titled "The Piegan." Curtis' caption: "This scene on Two Medicine river near the eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains is typical of the western portion of the Piegan country, where the undulating upland prairies become rougher and more broken, and finally give place abruptly to mountains." The photo date is 1910 and this original photogravure was produced in Boston by John Andrew & Son. Plate size is approximately 17" x 14" on a 22" x 18" Holland Van Gelder sheet.
    Plate 185 titled "Morning Eagle - Piegan." Curtis' caption: "At an age of more than ninety, Apinakuipita is still hale enough to ride his horse to the tribal gatherings." The photo date is 1910 and this original photogravure was produced in Boston by John Andrew & Son. Plate size is approximately 12.5" x 17.75" on an 18" x 22" Holland Van Gelder sheet.
    Plate 189 titled "White Calf - Piegan." Curtis' caption: "Unistai-poka (White Buffalo-calf) died at Washington in 1903. He was then almost eighty years of age, and had been the chief of his tribe for about a generation. In 1855, being then known as Feather, he signed the treaty negotiated by Governor Stevens. As a warrior, White Calf was famous among the tribes, but with the passing of inter tribal warfare he devoted himself to working in peaceful ways for the good of his people. He was remarkable in the breadth of his judgement, and in the readiness with which he recognized, and adapted himself to, the changes which his people were obliged to face when the buffalo vanished. Kindly, benevolent, and gentle of nature, White Calf yet possessed a sturdy determination and independence that bullying and threats could not move. Yet if reasons were advanced which appealed to his judgement, he was quick to acknowledge error and to modify his views - George Bird Grinnell." The photo date is 1900 and this original photogravure was produced in Boston by John Andrew & Son. Plate size is approximately 12.5" x 17.75" on an 18" x 22" Holland Van Gelder sheet.
    Plate 190 titled "Two Bear Woman - Piegan." The photo date is 1911 and this original photogravure was produced in Boston by John Andrew & Son. Plate size is approximately 13.75" x 18" on an 18" x 22" Holland Van Gelder sheet.
    Plate 191 titled "Double Runner - Piegan." Curtis' caption: "Double Runner's an excellent type of the Piegan physiognomy, as well as the ideal North American Indian as pictured by the average person. The native name of this individual is Ahjutomahka." The photo date is 1900 and this original photogravure was produced in Boston by John Andrew & Son. Plate size is approximately 11.75" x 17.75" on an 18" x 22" Holland Van Gelder sheet.
    Plate 195 titled "Gambler - Piegan." The photo date is 1900 and this original photogravure was produced in Boston by John Andrew & Son. Plate size is approximately 11.75" x 17.75" on an 18" x 22" Holland Van Gelder sheet.
    "List of Large Plates Supplementing Volume Six." Index page listing information on plates 184 through 210. On 18" x 22" sheet.
    Condition: Roughness and burning at edges, overall fine.


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