2 Replies Latest reply on Feb 15, 2017 1:06 PM by Glenn Longacre

    Two unique resources to researching the North American Indian

    Luci J Baker Johnson

      This may be 'old news' for many, but maybe it will help someone who has an interest in understanding North American Native research.

       

      1. A book ••  "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis" @ 2012.  It's a fabulous read. It's not a typical biography, but instead an extremely well written non-fiction story. If you want to learn more about the book, before you go out and purchase your own copy check out this video of Mr. Egan talking about the book in a storytelling fashion. If you enjoy American history, photography, Native Americans, or just a good story.  His talk was in Bellingham, WA at the Mount Baker Theatre in the Spring of 2015. One remark he made, that touched me was this

       

      At 43:30 Mr. Egan says "We value the First Amendment in this Country because it gives us free speech and free worship. It gives us our inshrined, major foundation of our freedom. Every person in the United States has the right to practice your religion and the God of your choice—unless you were Indian. They passed the Indian Crimes Code Act (Section 294 of the Indian Penal Code) in the late 1880s that made it a felony for so many of the Indian ceremonies to take place. That was only changed in the last 15 years. So they threw people in jail for practicing their religion. A clear violation of the 1st Amendment.”

      #2  Another book •• Edward Sheriff Curtis published "The North American Indian" between 1907 and 1930 with the intent to record traditional Indian cultures. The work comprises twenty volumes of narrative text and photogravure images. Each volume is accompanied by a portfolio of large photogravure plates.  ••  What makes this remarkable is that, to the best of my knowledge, there are only about 200 copies of this 20-volume collection in existence. The pièces de résistanceis is that Northwestern University has digitized the collection--the full twenty volumes of approximately 5000 pages of narrative text were scanned. They are presented integrated with the 2226 scans of the photogravure plates, which in the original Curtis work include 1500 images bound in the volumes and the remainder as loose plates in twenty accompanying portfolios. AND it has a keyword SEARCH feature.

      I hope that someone will find these two resources useful.