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Edward S. Curtis Above the Medicine Line

Portraits of Aboriginal Life in the Canadian West

by (author) Rodger D. Touchie

Publisher
Heritage House Publishing
Initial publish date
Jun 2010
Category
Native American, Artists, Architects, Photographers, Portraits
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781894974868
    Publish Date
    May 2010
    List Price
    $19.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781926613772
    Publish Date
    Jun 2010
    List Price
    $19.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781927051887
    Publish Date
    Feb 2011
    List Price
    $9.99

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About the author

Rodger D. Touchie was first attracted to writing when his MBA thesis was published in three parts by Canadian Business magazine. Rodger continued writing, including books on BC history and travel, before becoming the owner/publisher of Heritage House in 1995. He and his wife, Pat, divide their time between Nanoose Bay and Victoria, BC.

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Editorial Reviews

“Rodger D. Touchie’s Edward S. Curtis: Above the Medicine Line is a handsome volume that treats readers to some of Curtis’s stunning black-and-white photography. As Touchie tells of Curtis’s life and travels, the photographs offer compelling glimpses of landscapes and peoples that a century later seem both strangely present and remarkably foreign. You will want to linger over many of these extraordinary images.” —Phil Koch, Canada’s History

"This book provides excellent information on ethnographers' bias and the tension created preserving the cultures and creating an image of the noble savage." —Canada’s History

Librarian Reviews

Edward S. Curtis Above the Medicine Line: Portraits of Aboriginal Life in the Canadian West

Edward S. Curtis was a well known photographer who became an ethnographer of many Aboriginal nations in western Canada and the United States. This is the story of his life and how documented information about nations such as the Coast Salish, Siksika and the Kwakwaka’wakw between 1900 and 1930. This book provides excellent information about ethnographers’ bias and the tension created between preserving the cultures and creating an image of the “noble savage”. Information about specific nations describes battles, daily routines and ceremonies. The author succeeds in identifying historical bias.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2010-2011.

Edward S. Curtis Above the Medicine Line: Portraits of Aboriginal Life in the Canadian West

Edward S. Curtis was a well known photographer who became an ethnographer of many Aboriginal nations in western Canada and the United States. This is the story of his life and how documented information about nations such as the Coast Salish, Siksika and the Kwakwaka’wakw between 1900 and 1930. This book provides excellent information about ethnographers’ bias and the tension created between preserving the cultures and creating an image of the “noble savage”. Information about specific nations describes battles, daily routines and ceremonies. The author succeeds in identifying historical bias.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2010-2011.

User Reviews

Excellent pictorial history book!

I ordered this book from Munro's of Victoria, out of curiosity. It did not disappoint. The pictures are amazingly clear and a beautiful tribute to the history of the First Nations.

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