Native Americans’ daily lives in early-1900s Arizona
PHOENIX – Edward Curtis‘ portraits of Native Americans living in Arizona was the race-defining iconography for the Western world in the 20th century.
Curtis spent 20 years documenting the indigenous people of North America, taking nearly 40,000 photos of more than 80 tribes. He made thousands of wax-cylinder recordings of native songs and languages, many of which can still be heard thanks to preservation efforts by Indiana University.
Arizona was the backdrop of some of Curtis’ most-recognizable work. Some of his photos even hang in the Arizona Capitol Museum.
The Library of Congress online archives now house the entire 20-voume “The North American Indian” series Curtis shot during his lifelong fascination with the Native American West.