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Cañon de Chelly - Navaho
12018-03-16T21:11:04-07:00Erik Loyerf862727c4b34febd6a0341bffd27f168a35aa637294821A wonderfully scenic spot is this in northeastern Arizona, in the heart of the Navaho country - one of their strongholds, in fact. Cañon de Chelly exhibits evidences of having been occupied by a considerable number of people in former times, as in every niche at every side are seen the cliff-perched ruins of former villages.plain2018-03-16T21:11:04-07:00Curtis, Edward S. 1868-19521904Digital images of the plates supported by an award from the Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition, and mounted in American Memory. See http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award98/ienhtml/curthome.html Digital reproduction of the photomechanical printcp01028 - portfolio 1 plate no. 28For educational, non-commercial use only. Written permission required for any reproduction beyond fair use. Credit: Northwestern University Library, Edward S. Curtis's "The North American Indian," 2003. http://digital.library.northwestern.edu/curtis/The North American Indian (1907-1930) v.01, The Apache. The Jicarillas. The Navaho ([Seattle] : E.S. Curtis ; [Cambridge, Mass. : The University Press], 1907), plate no. 281 photogravure : brown ink ; 35 x 44 cm [plate size] Original photogravure produced in Boston by John Andrew & Sonhttp://curtis.library.northwestern.edu/curtis/info.cgi?id=nai.01.port.00000029.pErik Loyerf862727c4b34febd6a0341bffd27f168a35aa637
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12018-03-16T21:11:18-07:00Historical Fiction; Curtis as Canvas1plain2018-03-16T21:11:18-07:00Beatrice Schuster, Scripps College
Marianne Wiggins’ historical fiction novel The Shadow Catcher would seem to be a world away from anonymous users’ YouTube comments, but Wiggins also used Curtis’ photography as a route for exploring her own identity. She reproduces many of Curtis' photographs throughout the novel, but never provides any descriptions or captions for them. Wiggins completely decontextualizes the photos, instead using them as icons or symbols for her own identity project.
She composed her novel with two alternating stories: one follows Clara, the young woman who would become Edward S. Curtis’ wife, and the other follows a woman – a semi-fictional “Marianne Wiggins” – as she writes and pitches a novel about Edward Curtis (it’s all very meta). Just as she uses biographical information about Curtis to construct the “Clara” chapters, Wiggins uses her own family history to construct the others.
She also connects her character’s personal life to Curtis’ throughout the novel, highlighting that his gravesite is in Los Angeles where the character “Marianne” lives 1 and commenting that “Curtis’s own father was my great-grandfather’s contemporary and had fought beside him in the Civil War” 2. Ultimately, the two storylines converge when Marianne’s character discovers that a man named Curtis Edwards has assumed her dead father’s identity. She also meets a Native American named “Owns His Shadow” whose father worked with Curtis. Ultimately, Wiggins’ meditation on Curtis’ life and work allows her to discover more about herself. In the last chapter, she promises “Owns His Shadow” she will go on a “Vision Quest” with him, using Native American practices to discover herself. Wiggins, like the Youtube commenters, projects her character’s concerns, beliefs, and values onto Native American iconography through Curtis.