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    c. 1909 Cayuse Indian man in beaded headdress (now on the Umatilla Reservation) photo: Edward S. Curtis (Native American feathers, beadwork, Oregon)

  • Jillian Finley

    Cayuse Warrior (1910) from The North American Indian Volume 8. Photograph by Edward S. Curtis (“The information that is to be gathered … respecting the mode of life of one of the great races of mankind, must be collected at once or the opportunity will be lost.”) - Edward Sheriff Curtis (February 16, 1868 – October 19, 1952) was a photographer of the American West and of Native American peoples.

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