He who doesn’t understand a look will not understand a long explanation.
Arabian proverb

A variety of circumstances have led us to feel increasingly distant from a time when people were accustomed to warriors walking daily amongst us. Integral beings, they practiced a philosophy of life that’s today taken on the halo of a relic and a museum-like virtue; an impeccable consistency.

Today though, we live in an era of abstraction and virtuality, far from such tangible and tactile elements as fire, a tree or even courage. Fortunately, we have reminders of the substance that lies at the source, and which transcend contemporary existential paraphernalia. And we can return, at least for a moment to the original canvas.

In this case, the reminder takes the form of photographs; portraits of Native American warriors whose gazes, by an implacable light, invite us to return to our own centers, and from there to perhaps understand life differently and to reconsider the primary virtues that at some point have accompanied our species.

These images, which could today be considered tools for the re-enchantment of reality and for the cultivation of a more warlike attitude toward life, are part of an invaluable anthropological file created by the photographer, Edward S. Curtis. In the early 20th century, Curtis spent two decades touring the territory of the United States. He visited 80 native tribes and captured more than 40,000 images.

Bull Chief--Apsaroke 1908

Bull Chief –– Apsaroke, 1908.

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3 Heavy Shield c1900

Heavy Shield, c. 1900.

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Joseph--Nez Percé 1903

Joseph –– Nez Percé, 1903.

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wolf 1908

Wolf, 1908.

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2 Yellow Bull--Nez Percé c1905

Yellow Bull –– Nez Percé, c. 1905.

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Hollow Horn Bear--Brulé 1907

Hollow Horn Bear –– Brulé, 1907.

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  1 Three Horses c1905

Three Horses, c. 1905.

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Head Dress--Atsina 1908

Head Dress ––Atsina, 1908.

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Oyegi-a ye (Frost Moving)

Oyegi-a ye (Frost Moving), c. 1900.

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si wa wata wa c1903

Si wa wata wa, c. 1903.

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He who doesn’t understand a look will not understand a long explanation.
Arabian proverb

A variety of circumstances have led us to feel increasingly distant from a time when people were accustomed to warriors walking daily amongst us. Integral beings, they practiced a philosophy of life that’s today taken on the halo of a relic and a museum-like virtue; an impeccable consistency.

Today though, we live in an era of abstraction and virtuality, far from such tangible and tactile elements as fire, a tree or even courage. Fortunately, we have reminders of the substance that lies at the source, and which transcend contemporary existential paraphernalia. And we can return, at least for a moment to the original canvas.

In this case, the reminder takes the form of photographs; portraits of Native American warriors whose gazes, by an implacable light, invite us to return to our own centers, and from there to perhaps understand life differently and to reconsider the primary virtues that at some point have accompanied our species.

These images, which could today be considered tools for the re-enchantment of reality and for the cultivation of a more warlike attitude toward life, are part of an invaluable anthropological file created by the photographer, Edward S. Curtis. In the early 20th century, Curtis spent two decades touring the territory of the United States. He visited 80 native tribes and captured more than 40,000 images.

Bull Chief--Apsaroke 1908

Bull Chief –– Apsaroke, 1908.

.

3 Heavy Shield c1900

Heavy Shield, c. 1900.

.

Joseph--Nez Percé 1903

Joseph –– Nez Percé, 1903.

.

wolf 1908

Wolf, 1908.

.

2 Yellow Bull--Nez Percé c1905

Yellow Bull –– Nez Percé, c. 1905.

.

Hollow Horn Bear--Brulé 1907

Hollow Horn Bear –– Brulé, 1907.

.

  1 Three Horses c1905

Three Horses, c. 1905.

.

Head Dress--Atsina 1908

Head Dress ––Atsina, 1908.

.

Oyegi-a ye (Frost Moving)

Oyegi-a ye (Frost Moving), c. 1900.

.

si wa wata wa c1903

Si wa wata wa, c. 1903.

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