THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN
Praise for The Republication
Embarking on the creation of a facsimile republication of The North American Indian requires an ambition almost equal to that which saw the original edition through to its completion.
The level of craftsmanship necessary to fulfill Edward S. Curtis’ vision had become scarce even in his day. By now it has become rarer still. Moreover, slavish replication of the first edition’s now-antiquated production system would not take advantage of the ways in which new technologies could enhance the work. That made it necessary for Christopher Cardozo and his team to rethink the project from the ground up, marrying traditional and contemporary elements in order to create an edition that would both meet Curtis’ standards and remain faithful to his dream.
In terms of elegance and sumptuousness, what the Cardozo Fine Art project has accomplished can stand alongside the parent edition as a worthy successor thereto. Its sensuous, tactile qualities evoke exactly the immersive experience that Curtis intended to deliver to those who read its texts and engage with its images. An artisanal landmark, this new edition offers as close an approximation as one can imagine of a hands-on, eyes-on encounter with Curtis’ masterpiece in its original form.
– A.D. Coleman, Noted Photographic Critic and Historian
Little Earth is the only Native preference housing community in the nation. It is a vibrant Minneapolis community that also faces systemic, multigenerational challenges. Average annual household income is less than $5,500 and unemployment is approximately 90 %. Links to our cultural roots and identities are weak.
We have discovered that one of the primary keys to healing is reconnecting with our culture, heritage and identity. For us, real change must start with knowing who we are and from where we come.
The work of Edward Curtis remains of singular importance in this regard. It is through his artistry and his collaboration with Native people that we are allowed to see who we really are. His unique gifts and perspective give us insight into our own identities and allow us to witness and reclaim pride in being Native.
For the Little Earth community to have access to, and to preserve for future generations, the work of Edward Curtis, would be of great benefit and a privilege. Powerful images of our ancestors which show us their humanity and true selves is something that can be used to teach and inform, and to heal and grow. Having access to the rich and extensive text about our history, culture, and identities would provide current and future generations with a resource of extraordinary and lasting value.
– Ethan Flatten Development Director of Little Earth Community
I hope that a great many libraries throughout the world with and without copies of the original edition of The North American Indian will consider adding this Republication from Christopher Cardozo Fine Art to their collections, so that Edward S. Curtis’ extraordinary work will be available to new generations of readers …
A very worthwhile project is being realized with great success, and I am so pleased to be able to promise access to this stunning, modern, yet soon-to-be classic, edition to students and researchers who come to Harvard from all over the world to use our library collections.
– Janet Steins, Collections Librarian, Tozzer Library, Harvard University
For readers interested in Curtis’ words as well as in his pictures, the elegant and clear typographical redesign of the text makes the new Cardozo edition much easier to read. It is evident that a great deal of thought and care and love have been poured into this ambitious project and Mr. Cardozo and his team should be very proud of their accomplishment.
– Scott Krafft, Curator, McCormick Library of Special Collections, Northwestern University
I wanted you and your Republication team to know how pleased the Seattle Public Library is with its acquisition of your new edition of The North American Indian. It will make an important and valuable addition to Special Collections. It will enhance the preservation of our original Set, significantly increase access for broader audiences, and make more efficient use of our staff resources.
You have made important improvements to the layout, design and readability of the text … Everyone wants to see the images, but the narrative is so important – anything that encourages people to pause and read it is good.
The cost of this new edition is 1-2 % of an original Set of The North American Indian and will over time play an important supportive role in bringing Curtis to a much wider audience.
– Jodee Fenton, Manager of Special Collections, Seattle Public Library
You and your team have done a wonderful job. The Volumes are absolutely magnificent!
– Richard Talley, Collector