Over one hundred years ago, Edward Sheriff Curtis began a thirty-year odyssey to photograph and document the lives and traditions of the Native peoples of North America. This monumental project, The North American Indian, was hailed by The New York Herald as “the most gigantic undertaking since the making of the King James edition of the Bible.”

Edward Sheriff Curtis not only attempted, but actually achieved the impossible. With The North American Indian, he created an irreplaceable photographic and ethnographic record of more than eighty of North America’s native nations – a record first published between 1907 and 1930, which after decades of obscurity in rare book rooms and private collections, has experienced its renaissance. Comprising twenty volumes, twenty portfolios, thousands of pages of text, and more than twenty- two hundred photogravures, The North American Indian remains not only an unparalleled artistic and historic achievement, but a watershed in publishing history. Chistopher Cardozo