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Aboriginal Peoples

Gallery - The North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis

Edward Curtis portrayed himself as an ethnologist, but it is widely recognized that he embellished his sitters' costumes and paid them to pose according to his own aesthetic sensibility. Today, his highly artistic body of work raises important questions about authenticity and the politics of Aboriginal representation; while his work continues to impact popular culture, it must be recognized that he portrayed Aboriginal people as stuck in a romantic past.

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