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Vanishing Race, Navajo

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Edward Sheriff Curtis, Vanishing Race, Navajo, 1904, gelatin silver on glass with applied toned lacquer, Gift of Fae Heath Batten, public domain, 94.33.2

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Title

Vanishing Race, Navajo

Artist

Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868-1952)

Date

1904

Medium

gelatin silver on glass with applied toned lacquer

Dimensions (H x W x D)

10 5/8 in x 13 3/4 in

Collection Area

Photography; Northwest Art

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Gift of Fae Heath Batten

Accession Number

94.33.2

Copyright

public domain

Terms

gelatin silver prints

horse

Navajo

orotones

photographs

Description

Among the tens of thousands of photographs featuring Native Americans that Edward Sheriff Curtis made in the first three decades of the twentieth century, The Vanishing Race, Navajo is one of the most widely recognized. The softly focused, picturesque composition romanticizes the stark plight of Native American peoples, who were systematically removed from their land and stripped of their customs, languages, and religion during centuries of forced assimilation. By 1900, many Americans looked upon Native populations with nostalgia, collecting artifacts and images of a “vanishing race” that was considered fated to surrender to Western culture.

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