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Prayer to the Great Mystery; The Uncollected Writings and Photography of Edward S. Curtis

Curtis, Edward S.; Hausman, Gerald

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ISBN 10: 0312169698 / ISBN 13: 9780312169695
Published by St. Martin's Press, New York, 1995
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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Octavo in color illus. paper wraps (black spine); illus.; 245 p., 25 cm. Text edited by Gerald Hausman; photography edited by Bob Kapoun; introduction by Patricia Nelson Limerick. Fine copy with the faintest edgewear. smallest nick to back wrap at spine; pages are fine, bright and free of marks and creases; binding is tight. Bookseller Inventory # 83106

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Title: Prayer to the Great Mystery; The Uncollected...

Publisher: St. Martin's Press, New York

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: First edition.

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Prayer to the Great Mystery is a historic publishing event, a remarkable coup that presents 93 newly discovered photographs--along with 150 others--taken by Edward S. Curtis. Deeply human and symphathetic, these images embody Curtis's attempt to preserve the character is Native American Cultural life before its erosion by the nineteenth-century flood of American expansion. Accompanying the photographs is a poignant series of myths, abridged from Curtis's ethnographic writings. Prayers to the Great Mystery is a stunning account of a vanished era, and a seminal book for understanding our rich Native American legacy.


Edward S. Curtis was obsessed with recording information about Native Americans: he believed their culture might simply disappear without a trace. More than 100 years ago, he took his first photographs of Native Americans, and for decades he traveled extensively, snapping pictures and taking copious notes on their ways of life. Prayer to the Great Mystery contains dozens of Curtis's photos that were discovered in the files of the Library of Congress, as well as many previously known prints, some of which are considered masterpieces of photographic art. The text, taken from Curtis's voluminous writings on Native Americans provides priceless accounts of how they lived on the Great Plains, in the Southwest, and in the Pacific Northwest.

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