PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE HOPI

The North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis is one of the most significant and controversial representations of traditional American Indian culture ever produced. Issued in a limited edition from 1907-1930, the publication continues to exert a major influence on the image of Indians in popular culture. Curtis said he wanted to document “the old time Indian, his dress, his ceremonies, his life and manners.” In over 2000 photogravure plates and narrative, Curtis portrayed the traditional customs and lifeways of eighty Indian tribes. The twenty volumes, each with an accompanying portfolio, are organized by tribes and culture areas encompassing the Great Plains, Great Basin, Plateau Region, Southwest, California, Pacific Northwest, and Alaska.

Featured here are a few of Curtis’s images of the Hopi from the Library of Congress collection. All images: Northwestern University Library, Edward S. Curtis's 'The North American Indian': the Photographic Images, 2001.

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East Side of Walpi
East Side of Walpi
Watching the Dancers
On the Housetop
Mishongnovi
Mishongnovi
Walpi Architecture
Walpi Architecture
Watching the Dancers
Watching the Dancers
Walpi
Walpi
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