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Wishham Girls

Edward S. Curtis; John Andrew & Son, Boston

Artwork Details

Wishham Girls
Edward S. Curtis; John Andrew & Son, Boston
photogravure on paper
9 3/16 in x 12 in (23.34 cm x 30.48 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas M. Kenyon


Subject Matter:

This image of two young girls from Wishham tribe—now known as Wishram—is from The North American Indian (1907-1930), a twenty-volume series created by Edward Curtis in order to document the lives of Native Americans in diverse regions of the Western United States. This limited edition volume was financially supported by J.P. Morgan, and promoted by Theodore Roosevelt. The resulting works have been criticized and celebrated for their portrayal of Native American life. Curtis often included anachronous props and clothing and presented rituals that had not been performed in years in order to support an idealized and romantic reading of a “vanishing race.”

Physical Description:

A photograph of two young girls riding horses through a rocky landscape. The girls and horses wear clothing made of fabric, adorned with beadwork and embroidery. 

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