A Photographer’s Life: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian

Michael Flanagan, Director of Crossman Gallery, will talk about “A Photographer’s Life: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indian” at 3 p.m. on Mon., Feb. 26, as part of the Spring 2018 Fairhaven lecture series, which has the theme Native America: People and Places, Past and Present. These free, public lectures are held in Fellowship Hall of Fairhaven Senior Services (435 W Starin Road, Whitewater). Guest/street parking is adjacent to the building, but it’s also within walking distance of campus.

America’s indigenous peoples have rich and diverse traditions and cultures. What are the impacts of historical treaties and contemporary policies on native people past and present? How are native communities responding to issues of social injustice? Join us this spring as we explore historic and contemporary stories, issues and customs from the country’s indigenous peoples. –from the lecture series web page

book coverYou can learn more with resources available via Andersen Library!. For example, Andersen Library’s resources include books such as Edward S. Curtis: One hundred masterworks (3rd-floor OVERSIZE Main Collection, E77.5 .C75 2015; summary at Google Books), the video Coming to light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians (2nd-floor Academic DVDs, TR140.C87 C651 2000; information about the film from Bullfrog Films website), and articles such as ““Yet in a primitive condition”: Edward S. Curtis’s “North American Indian” (American Art, 20(3), 58-83).

Here are the forthcoming lectures in this series:


  • 5 – Native American Spirituality and Practice / by Michael Gueno, Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • 12 – Aztalan: Mysteries of an Ancient Native American Town in Southern Wisconsin / by Robert Birmingham, Archaeologist and Author, Wisconsin Historical Society Press
  • 19 – Tribal Social Entrepreneurship: Self Determination or Assimilation? / by Amy Klemm Verbos, Assistant Professor, Finance and Business Law
    Tribal Citizen, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi

  • 2 – Interpreting American Indian Treaties in the 21st Century / by Anthony Gulig, Associate Professor and Chair, History
  • 9 – Seeking Justice for a Legacy of Violence Against Women in Indian Country [This lecture is presented as part of the NEA Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest] / by Amy Casselman Hontalas, Author and Lecturer, San Francisco State University
  • 16 – Chippewa Spearfishing Conflict and Treaty Rights / by Larry Nesper, Professor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison

Please ask a librarian (choose chat or email, phone 262-472-1032, or visit the Reference Desk) if you’d like assistance with finding materials.

About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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