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Natives of the far North : Alaska's vanishing culture in the eye of Edward Sheriff Curtis

Author: Shannon Lowry; Edward S Curtis
Publisher: Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, ©1994.
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A collection not only of Curtis' romantic photographs of Aleutian Indians, but also of the folktales and stories Curtis gathered during the 30 years he chronicled Native Americans and their cultures. By today's standards of anthropology, Curtis' images are flawed in that they are more artistic than realistic, yet they are no less intriguing, especially in light of the fact that Curtis died penniless in pursuit of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Pictorial works
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Lowry, Shannon.
Natives of the far North.
Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, c1994
(DLC) 94013657
(OCoLC)30355703
Named Person: Edward S Curtis; Edward Sheriff Curtis; Edward S Curtis
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Shannon Lowry; Edward S Curtis
ISBN: 0585349088 9780585349084
OCLC Number: 47011189
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 139 p.) : ill., map.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Edward Sheriff Curtis: Man behind the camera --
Nunivak Island --
Customs: Life and death among the Nunivak --
Ceremonies: Keeping the fragile balance --
Legends: Monster serpents and cannibal dwarfs --
King Island --
Traditional life: Foretelling of Christ the King --
Legends: Tall tales of land and sea --
Diomede Islands --
Traditional life: Where women honored whales --
Customs: Pact of survival between young and old --
Legends: Manina the Medicine Man --
Legends: Mysterious whereabouts of departed souls --
Kingigan --
Traditional life: Ancient link between East and West --
Legends: Of wales and men, and intermarriage with polar bears --
Epilogue: Restoring balance in an unbalanced world.
Responsibility: by Shannon Lowry ; photos by Edward S. Curtis.

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A collection not only of Curtis' romantic photographs of Aleutian Indians, but also of the folktales and stories Curtis gathered during the 30 years he chronicled Native Americans and their cultures. By today's standards of anthropology, Curtis' images are flawed in that they are more artistic than realistic, yet they are no less intriguing, especially in light of the fact that Curtis died penniless in pursuit of his vision. Lowry puts the numerous b&w portraits and village scenes into historical context, discussing modern research on the Aleutian peoples. Lacks an index.

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