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Perspectives on Identity and Identification: Highlights from IU's 2022 Themester

Guide spotlighting materials from participating Themester courses. See the companion exhibit in the Wells Library lobby after October 19, 2022.

U.S. Arts and Media: Race in American Art

AMST-A 204/ARTH 200 | Professor Phoebe Wolfskill

Edward S. Curtis's "North American Indian"

In 1906, the American photographer Edward Sherriff Curtis received a generous commission to produce a seminal work on the Native American peoples of the United States – The North American Indian, which was published in twenty volumes between 1907 and 1930. While some commentators have criticized Curtis for presenting a romanticized view of Native Americans as a "vanishing race" untouched by modernity, others have praised his photographs as sensitive portraits of Indigenous identity.

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