1923. Suffolk Engr. Co., Cambridge, Mass., 1923.
Photogravure, 21.8 x 17.8 inches.
§ A beautiful image showing a Klamath man hunting from a dugout canoe, Plate 458 from Volume 13 (1923) of Curtis's The North American Indian. The Klamath people are from the inland region of Northern California and Southern Oregon. Their oral history records the volcanic eruption that created Crater Lake over 7000 years ago.
The North American Indian remains one the most ambitious publishing projects and one of the most important works of ethnography of all time. J.P. Morgan provided the initial funding of $75,000 over five years but in the end Curtis worked for over 20 years to produce the 20 volume work. In that time he took over 40,000 photographs and made over 10,000 wax cylinder recordings to illustrate a detailed written record of the lives, languages, and beliefs of over 80 different tribes. The importance and the urgency of the task was clear to him, as he wrote in the introduction to his first volume in 1907, "The information that is to be gathered ... respecting the mode of life of one of the great races of mankind, must be collected at once or the opportunity will be lost." Item #123264