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The North American Indian. The Complete Portfolios

Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 2.68 lb, 768 pages
US$ 25
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Over the course of 30 years Edward S. Curtis exhaustively documented America’s first inhabitants. Follow along on his visits to 80 American Indian tribes from the Mexican border to the Bering Strait—working up to 16 hours a day to gain their trust and document their traditional way of life as it was already beginning to die out. This unabridged, hardback edition gathers Curtis’s entire portfolio into one breathtaking volume.

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In search of a lost time

The complete portfolios by Edward S. Curtis on Native Americans
At the turn of the 20th century, the American photographer Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868–1952) started on his 30-year project to produce a monumental study of North American Indians. Using an approach that was both artistically and scientifically ambitious, he recorded, in words and pictures, the traces of the traditional Indian way of life that was already beginning to die out.

With tireless personal commitment Curtis visited 80 American Indian tribes from the Mexican border to the Bering Strait, gaining their confidence through his patience and sensitivity. His work was printed in 20 volumes between 1907 and 1930 as The North American Indian, but with only 272 copies, originals became extremely rare.

This book gathers Curtis’s entire American Indian portfolio into one publication, offering renewed access to and appreciation of his extraordinary achievement, which is as much a precious historical document as a triumph of the photographic form.
The author

For over thirty years, photographer Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952) traveled the length and breadth of North America, seeking to record in words and images the traditional life of its vanishing indigenous inhabitants. Like a man possessed, he strove to realize his life’s work, which culminated in the publication of his encyclopedia The North American Indian. In the end, this monumental work comprised twenty textual volumes and twenty portfolios with over 2000 illustrations.

The North American Indian. The Complete Portfolios
Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.7 in., 2.68 lb, 768 pages
ISBN 978-3-8365-5056-7
Edition: English
ISBN 978-3-8365-5055-0
Edition: French
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Customer reviews (7)

Unexpectedly exciting

Paraskevas, October 27, 2021
This volume really captivated a living history. It was interesting to see all these photos of people of a long forgotten age and a way of life that could resonate solid teachings to our contemporary ways. Reading it also helped me develop my photography and read a lot more about the ways and legends of the native Americans

Tribal Style

Anthony, October 27, 2021
A comprehensive pictorial archive of native American and indigenous peoples portraits and tribal stylistics.

A fine, smaller edition.....

Mike, October 27, 2021
....of the classic work by Curtis. Very nice reproductions.

Great Book

João Adriano, October 27, 2021
Great work of photography, product of decades of work on the field that let us know how that ancient peoples of Northern America look like and live. Thank You!


Allegra, October 27, 2021
I purchased this as a present and it was so appreciated. Beautiful, I recommend this a lot if you love to dive into Native Americans history and faces.


Lionel, October 27, 2021
Superbe ! des centaines de photos très complet

Magnifique voyage et témoignage photographique

William, October 29, 2021
En tant qu'artiste inspiré par les tribus, j'ai trouvé ici toute les ressources originelles qui m'étaient nécessaires pour poursuivre mon développement créatif. les photos sont magnifiques et transpirent l'histoire de ces peuples, profonds, avec certains regards bouleversants. Des scènes de vie qui, avec un peu d'imagination, nous plongent au cœur de leur traditions. Le petit format est très pratique pour la consultation, même si ces photos méritent d'être vues en grand. je suis très satisfait.
The North American Indian. The Complete Portfolios (Bibliotheca Universalis)
The North American Indian.
The Complete Portfolios
US$ 25
The North American Indian. The Complete Portfolios (Bibliotheca Universalis)