"The greatest single anthropological expedition in American history" "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: 2 of 3: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan.

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Princess Angeline of the Duwamish tribe in an 1896 photogravure by Edward Sheriff Curtis

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Princess Angeline (Duwamish) in an 1896 photogravure by Curtis

Edward S. Curtis - Northwestern University, Digital Library Collections See also Library of Congress, digital ID cph.3b30156

"Kikisoblu (Princess Angeline) of the Duwamish" — the eldest daughter of Chief Seattle. 1896 portrait photograph by Edward S. Curtis. )

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"The greatest single anthropological expedition in American history" "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: 2 of 3: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan. 

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From Booklist Starred Review Before half its 20 volumes were published, The North American Indian was called the most important book since the King James Bible. When the last emerged, its director and primary researcher and author, self-made master photographer Edward Curtis (1868–1952), was old, broke, and dependent on his daughters. Though his great work consumed $2.5 million of J. P. Morgan’s money over the course of three decades, Curtis never took a cent in salary. He lost his business, his property, his marriage, and any control of his great project. But he completed it, preserving a great deal of what we know about Indian cultures, including more than 75 languages, thousands of songs and stories, traditional practices in everything from clothing to religious ritual, and the Indian accounts of such historic milestones as the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Simultaneously, he fixed the image of the North American Indian in a body of work as iconic as any created by any other visual artist in any medium. To accomplish this, he braved the remote, nearly inaccessible places where small tribes clung to their identities, painstakingly won the confidence of wary elders in many larger tribes, and wooed the titans of American wealth to keep going. Ace popular historian Egan makes Curtis’ story frequently suspenseful, always gripping, and monumentally heroic. --Ray Olson Review