Curtis, Edward S. The North American Indian: Volume 10 – The Kwakuitl. Online. Northwestern University Digital Library Collection. http://curtislibrary.northwestern.edu. 12 March 2009.
All of Curtis’ books can now be found online. I chose to look at this book because this is the tribe that I studied last year, and also because this is the same tribe that Curtis featured in his film, “In the Land of the Head Hunters.”
Curtis, Edward S. The North American Indian: Volume 12 – The Hopi. Online. Northwestern University Digital Library Collection. http://curtislibrary.northwestern.edu. 12 March 2009.
I also chose to look at this book because Curtis revisited the Hopi several times during the course of the project. Along with the Kwakuitl, the Hopi were his favorite tribe, and it was with them that Curtis realized the need to fully understand the ceremonies in order to properly record them.
Glass, Aaron. Personal interview by e-mail. 11 February 2009.
I wanted to interview Aaron Glass because he restored “In the Land of the Head Hunters” recently, and because of the research he’d done as part of the restoration. Because of his research on Curtis, he could provide a unique, non-Indian opinion about Curtis’ work.
Moran, George N. Interview with Edward S. Curtis. New York Evening Mail, 11 November 1999. BNorthwest Ethnohistory Collection. Subseries 17, Box 21/29, Courtesy of Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Bellingham, Washington.
This interview was done for publicity for the series, and also for an upcoming lecture. In this interview, Curtis strongly refutes some of the common misperceptions of Indians by white society.
Davis, Barbara. Edward S. Curtis: The Life and Times of a Shadow Catcher. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1985.
This book was one of the first books I used, and I often referred back to it when I needed to correct a fact or back up a quote. It was a very thorough documentation of his life, and it had many facts which other books had chosen to leave out. It was a very helpful book, and I started to referring to it as my “bible.”
Hausman, Gerald, ed. Prayer To the Great Mystery: The Uncollected Writings and Photography of Edward S. Curtis. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1995.
This was interesting because it was a broader view of Curtis’ work. The author reviewed Curtis’ project and pointed out that other ethnographic materials needed to be counted when judging his work. He pointed out that when looking at all of Curtis’ work, he really was very accurate, ethnographically.