Fascinated with the extraordinary richness of Hopi ceremonial life, Curtis went back to photograph the Hopi year after year. The Hopi at Oraibi accepted Curtis to the extent of inviting him to participate in their sixteen-day-long Snake Dance, an honor awarded to very few white men.

Because the Pueblo tribes were not nomadic Curtis had the opportunity to photograph Pueblos where generations of families had lived. Some dwellings that are still in use today have been inhabited for nearly one thousand years.
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