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An Encounter with Edward Curtis
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

Come and experience "An Encounter with Edward Curtis", a living history bio drama featuring Edward Sheriff Curtis, a self-taught photographer who was a prolific artist with boundless energy and a passion for adventure. Curtis’s genuine concern for the effects of Western expansion on Native American Peoples and their rich cultures caused him to envision an impossible project, one that would consume thirty years of his life and cost him his health, marriage and reputation. The result: The North American Indian. 20 volumes and portfolios, 5,000 pages of text, more than 2,200 photographs, and over 10,000 wax cylinder recordings of Indigenous languages and songs – a magnum opus brought to completion in 1930. Reserve your seat beside his campfire to hear Curtis reflect on his adventures, tragedies, and triumphs.

Upon completion of the bio drama you will have the opportunity to experience Western Spirit’s magnificent new exhibit showcasing his work: Light & Legacy, the Art and Techniques of Edward S. Curtis.