The early 20th century witnessed the epilogue of one of the greatest genocides in human history. In the first decade, the so-called American Indians were dying in the reserves that the United States had invented, or they had already died from illness, despair, or at the hands of the US army. Edward S. Curtis, a Seattle photographer, realized at the time the importance of their disappearance and devoted 30 years of his life to documenting the survivors. Many of his iconic photographs can now be found in Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis.
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