CURTIS INDIAN DAYS OF THE LONG AGO, 1915 Scarce North American Indian Photographs, Native American Rites, Religion, Culture Publisher: World Book Company, New York (1915) In exceedingly well preserved condition. 221 pages, followed by 2 pages of illustrations and blank pages. 1915 2nd edition, originally published in 1914. Eautifully illustrated throughout with photographs by the author and drawings by F.
The boards and binding are solid and tight, and display minimal shelf wear. The pages are crisp and clean, and are free of interior markings. The book does not seem to have been read.Contents include: Morning in Camp; The Sweat-Bath; Ways of the Clayoquot; Adventures of Coyote; Hunting the Seals; The Snake Dance; An Elk Hunt; A Buffalo Hunt; and much more. Please see below for more information about this groundbreaking book from the author's forward. Description from the Author's Forward This little book was written in the hope that it would give a more intimate view of Indian life in the old days, in the days when to the far western tribes the white race was but a rumor, and buffalo roamed the plains in countless numbers. A further desire was to call attention to the great divergencies in Indian life, the number of languages, and the striking differences in dress and habits. The pictures, as well as the text, will emphasize this. We have been prone to regard Indians as being without religion or spiritual life. Instead of being without a religion, they were influenced in every important act of their life by spiritual beliefs and religious practices. This fact is touched upon not as a pedantic lecture but rather as we see its influence on the characters of the story and in the folk-tales. I have tried to show how their religious beliefs influence the character building of the youth. Simple animistic beliefs, which bring the spirit beings close, are easy of comprehension, and the belief in the ever-present nearness has a strong influence upon the children... Book Review The book is aimed at young readers, incorporates many Indian legends, with the goal of understanding their divergent cultures and languages, their spiritual beliefs and their religious practices. The book is beautifully illustrated with photographs by the author and drawings by F.
The story takes place in Flathead (Salish) country, home of the Nez Perce Indians, in what is nowadays western Montana. Two visitors, wanderers from the East, come to the Salish camp and using sign language because their words are different, tell wonderful stories and also foretell of disaster to all tribes with the coming of the white men. The visitors lodge with the chief of the tribe, and bond with the chief's nearly 10 year old son, who is the central character in the story... [Amazon] Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions!
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