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Hamasilahl, Qagyuhl by Edward Curtis

Hamasilahl, Qagyuhl by Edward Curtis

ABOUT THIS COLLECTION  

This collection contains images not published in Curtis's 20-volume “The North American Indian.” In the early 1900s, Curtis was commissioned to produce a photographic series on Native Americans of the United States and Canada by financier J.P. Morgan. Over the next 20 years he took over 40,000 photographs of members of over 80 different tribes. One of those he visited was the Kwakwaka’wakw peoples, a group of Native Canadians who live along the Pacific Northwest near and on Vancouver Island. They are known for their artwork, especially carved wood, such as totem poles and transformation masks, which are carved and painted wooden likenesses of animals, some of which are represented here, along with ceremonial dress. These art forms continue to play a major role in both everyday life and in ceremonial affairs of the  Kwakwaka’wakw, most notably in the Hamatsa Dance and in the Potlatch, a gift-giving feast to mark important events.

 

COLLECTION DETAILS

  • Series title: The North American Indian
  • Series size: 8 artworks
  • Edition: Limited edition of 1000
  • Proof of Ownership: Certification on the Ethereum blockchain under the ERC1155 protocol. Each artwork is delivered privately and directly to collectors as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that guarrante proof of ownership.