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Sublime Portraits Of Native Americans At The Dawn of The 20th Century

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We’ve shown you photographs of Native Americans in the early 1900s before, most notably Edward C. Curtis’s wonderful portraits and ceremonial masks. But nothing betters George Bancroft Cornish’s work.

In 1905 Cornish took over a studio in Arkansas, Kansas, from his mentor, famed Western American photographer William Prettyman (1858-1932). Cornish ran the store until his death in 1946. At some point he took these sublime portraits.

 

aw-u-tz (Cado) Alternative Title: [Kaw-u-tz, Caddo] Creator: Cornish, Geo. B. (George Bancroft) Date: 1906

Kaw-u-tz, 1906

Title: Otoe. Indian Woman. Creator: Cornish, Geo. B. (George Bancroft) Date: 1907

Otoe, 1907

Hen-Tah Wyandot Chief. Creator: Cornish, Geo. B. (George Bancroft) Date: 1909

Hen-Tah. Wyandot Chief, 1909

Wah-Shun-Gah. Kaw Chief. Creator: Cornish, Geo. B. (George Bancroft) Indian portraits Date: 1909

Wah-Shun-Gah. Kaw Chief, 1909

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