Photographing Native Americans

This show is a rebroadcast from Oct 22nd, 2012

The amazing story of the photographer who captured the last old ways of the Apache, the Hopi, the Sioux—Native Americans.

Chief Joseph by Edward Curtis.

Chief Joseph by Edward Curtis.

In the 1890’s, young Edward Curtis was a favorite portrait photographer in Seattle. Nice little business in town. Good clientele. Then Curtis opened his eyes to the vanishing world of native America, and was transformed. A man on a mission to capture the last great images of American Indians in their teepees and lodges, regalia and battered pride before their traditional world vanished.

It’s an amazing story. Indiana Jones with a camera. And a vanishing world of proud Apache, Navajo, Sioux, Cheyenne.

This hour, On Point: capturing the last great images of traditional native America.

-Tom Ashbrook


Timothy Egan, Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist for the New York Times, his new book is Short Night of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis.

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