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Pulini and Koyame-Walpi, 1921

THE EDWARD CURTIS FOUNDATION

HEALING THE HUMAN SPIRIT

MISSION STATEMENT

The Edward Curtis Foundation fosters understanding, inclusion, healing and conscious stewardship through exhibitions, publications, education, and cultural repatriation.

VISION

Edward Curtis was an American hero and a true renaissance man. He was a visionary, an award-winning photographer, a consummate craftsman, an entrepreneur, a publisher, a filmmaker and a ground-breaking multi-media artist. An estimated 10,000 tribal individuals collaborated and participated with Curtis and together they co-created a landmark in modern anthropology, an unprecedented cultural and artistic record and one of the most enduring and iconic visual records in the 175-year history of the photographic medium. This record has helped inform our vision of who we are and where we came from. Over the past two decades, Christopher Cardozo Fine Art (“CCFA”) has reached over 10,000,000 people globally with this message of Beauty, Heart and Spirit™. We are currently dramatically increasing our support of The Edward Curtis Foundation and as we enter the period marking the 150th anniversary of Curtis’ birth, CCFA and The Edward Curtis Foundation plan to reach another 10,000,000 by 2021. We will do this by reprising and expanding our existing and already proven programs and initiatives, as well as creating new forms of outreach. Among our existing programs are: international museum exhibitions, major publications, visual and cultural repatriation and educational and community outreach. Additionally, we are working on social media and crowdfunding campaigns, a feature film project, children’s books, a nomadic museum and the creation of the most comprehensive Edward Curtis website in existence, complemented by an extensive website on Native American history, culture and art. Also, we will continue a nearly forty-year tradition of active support of Native people and Institutions and the arts.

 ABOUT OUR WORK

Taken as a whole, the work of Edward Curtis is a singular achievement. Never before have we seen the Indians of North America so close to the origins of their humanity, their sense of themselves in the world, their innate dignity and self-possession …  Curtis’ photographs comprehend indispensable images of every human being at every time in every place. Some years ago, I purchased a Curtis photograph…It struck me with such force that tears came to my eyes. I felt that I was looking into a memory in my blood.

– N. Scott Momaday, Kiowa, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and novelist

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 where we come from.
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 gives us insight into our own identities and allows us to witness and reclaim pride in being Native.

– Ethan Flatten, Development Director, Little Earth Community, 2016

I have always been a proud Lakota and the Edward Curtis photographs are part of our history. They connect us to our past and our present. These are our ancestors …
We have given many books, prints and images to the American Indian community over the past 15 years. We impacted over 150 individuals with your Edward Curtis mini-books for an event with Wilma Mankiller. This event spurred a fire in philanthropy and has had a spiritual impact on those that received this gift 10 years ago. Many of us believe that event helped us to launch Tiwahe Foundation. Recently, Curtis prints were given to over 250 people with special gifts for American Indian youth. That same look of connection, spirituality and love for our people was seen from their smiling eyes. … Because of the sharing of these images thousands of American Indians have been able to connect, heal and appreciate the images of our Indigenous ancestors.

– Kelly Drummer, Lakota, President and CEO, Tiwahe Foundation, December 14, 2016

Chief Joseph – Nez Perce, 1908

Untitled Self-Portrait (Curtis with Whale), circa 1914