Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher Pdf




Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

Number of page: 352
Author: Timothy Egan
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780547840604
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Category: History

“A vivid exploration of one man’s lifelong obsession with an idea . . . Egan’s spirited biography might just bring [Curtis] the recognition that eluded him in life.” — Washington Post Edward Curtis was charismatic, handsome, a passionate mountaineer, and a famous portrait photographer, the Annie Leibovitz of his time. He moved in rarefied circles, a friend to presidents, vaudeville stars, leading thinkers. But when he was thirty-two years old, in 1900, he gave it all up to pursue his Great Idea: to capture on film the continent’s original inhabitants before the old ways disappeared.Curtis spent the next three decades documenting the stories and rituals of more than eighty North American tribes. It took tremendous perseverance — ten years alone to persuade the Hopi to allow him to observe their Snake Dance ceremony. And the undertaking changed him profoundly, from detached observer to outraged advocate. Curtis would amass more than 40,000 photographs and 10,000 audio recordings, and he is credited with making the first narrative documentary film. In the process, the charming rogue with the grade school education created the most definitive archive of the American Indian.“A darn good yarn. Egan is a muscular storyteller and his book is a rollicking page-turner with a colorfully drawn hero.” — San Francisco Chronicle

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  • J RumbaughJ Rumbaugh
    Great story of an unsung hero Well written historical book that kept me interested throughout. Curtis captured the fading culture of Native Americans before they were altered or destroyed by modern society. Now generations of First Nation people can literally see their history.
  • Iriaka Epiha-FerrisIriaka Epiha-Ferris
    awesome! Just awesome
  • Josh LopezJosh Lopez
    Best nonfiction book I’ve ever read I normally do not read nonfiction, but I was both interested because of my interest in Native Americans and photography. The author did an amazing job of keeping it a page turner the whole way through
  • jphamiltonjphamilton
    LibraryThing Review My short review: outstanding book, unbelievable life
  • maryreinertmaryreinert
    LibraryThing Review Not sure when I finished this, but do remember finding it fascinating. The story of an American photographer who took pictures of the native Americans and documented their way of life.
  • nmelenmele
    LibraryThing Review A fascinating man and a fascinating book. All editions include wonderful Curtis photos, all of which are discussed in the text. Makes me want to dig into the shelves at a local university and spend time with his magnum opus.
  • gbelikgbelik
    LibraryThing Review Edward Curtis spent his life trying to capture images, language and traditions of the remaining western Indian tribes that still existed at the turn of the twentieth century, finally producing a 20
  • Sheila1957Sheila1957
    LibraryThing Review The life of Edward Curtis who photographed and told the stories of The North American Indian. His collection of the languages, customs, and traditions was phenomenal. If he had not done the
  • SchmergulsSchmerguls
    LibraryThing Review This 2012 book by the author of The Worst Bad Time (read by me on 17 Oct 2006) tells the story of Edward Curtis, who took some 40,000 pictures of American Indians and actually managed to to produce a
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