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The Mussel Gatherer

On Princess Angeline

The first photograph I ever made of an Indian was of Princess Angeline, the digger and dealer in clams.  I paid the princess a dollar for each picture I made.  This seemed to please her greatly and with hands + jargon she indicated that she preferred to spend her time having pictures made than in digging clams.

Letter written by Edward S. Curtis to Harriet Leitch, Seattle Public Library, March 3, 1951.


[Chief Síahl].  The chief for whom the city of Seattle is named.  The common belief that he was of the Duwamish tribe is only partially true; his mother was a Duwamish, but he was born and reared among the Suquamish, and inherited his father’s rank among that people. 

Original Copper Plate

17.25" x 14.25"


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