Edward Sheriff Curtis’s photographic documentation of the cultures and lives of Native American tribes is absolutely precious. He shows us an ancient way of life that is about to vanish not only on this land but on our planet. And after that the wisdom will be forever lost.
The passing of every old man or woman means the passing of some tradition, some knowledge of sacred rites possessed by no other… Consequently the information that is to be gathered, for the benefit of future generations, respecting the mode of life of one of the great races of mankind, must be collected at once or the opportunity will be lost for all time.
Edward S. Curtis