Alaska's First People: An Exhibit of Photographic Portraits by Edward Sheriff Curtis
March 05, 2002
March 10 through March 31, 2002
The Anchorage Museum of History and Art showcases some of the most important gems of its collection in this exhibition of intimate and candid portraits of Native Alaskans and Native life by one of the most significant photographers of Native Americans.
Railroad tycoon Edward Harriman chose photographer Edward Curtis (1868-1952) to help record an expedition to coastal Alaska in 1899. Captivated by the Alaska Natives he photographed during the two-month journey, he resolved to photograph all the Native Americans west of the Mississippi to ensure Native Americans would not "by future generations be forgotten, misconstrued, too much idealized or too greatly underestimated."
Supported by Theodore Roosevelt, Curtis took more than 40,000 photographs and made more than 10,000 recordings of Native stories and vocabularies over nearly 30 years. The photographs became a part of a 20-volume survey of Native Americans, the last of which was based on his final trip to Alaska in the 1920s. The Museum has 35 of these classic images, many of which will be included in this exhibit.
For more information, call 343-6151. Anchorage Museum admission is free for Museum members, $6.50 for adult non-members, $6 for seniors and free for children 17 and under. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.; Closed Mondays.