Tuesday, 29 December
549. Curtis Meets the Kwakwaka’wakw: In the Land of the Headhunters (1914)
5:15–6:30 p.m., Washington A, Loews
Presiding: Peter M. Logan, Temple Univ., Philadelphia
Speaker: Bradley W. Evans, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick
The event features a 45-minute showing of restored footage from a 1914 feature film on the Indians of British Columbia directed by the American photographer Edward Curtis, who dedicated much of his career to an idealized goal of recording traditional American Indian customs. Thus the film serves as a rare visual illustration of ethnographic concepts of the Indian as “primitive” in the early twentieth century. Further information on the restoration project is available at www.curtisfilm.rutgers.edu/.