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Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians - Long Version

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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 84 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: Online See Link Below

Copyright Date: 2000
Available in French: No

Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952) was a driven, pioneer photographer who set out in 1900 to document traditional Indian life. He became the most famous photographer of his time, created an enormous body of work - 10,000 recordings, 40,000 photographs, and a full length ethnographic motion picture. Coming to Light tells the dramatic story of Curtis' life, his monumental work, and his changing views of the people he set out to document. The film also gives Indian people a voice in the discussion of Curtis' images. Hopi, Navajo, Eskimo, Blackfeet, Blood, Piegan, Suquamish, and Kwatiutl people who are descended from Curtis' subjects, are using his photographs for cultural preservation. They respond to the pictures, tell stories about the people in the photographs, and discuss the meaning of the images.

Awards: ALA Notable Videos for Adults List; Sundance Film Festival; John E. O'Connor Film of the Year Award, American Historical Association; Gold Hugo, Chicago International Television Competition; Gold Award, Special Jury Prize, Houston WorldFest; CINE Golden Eagle; Best Documentary, MountainFilm, Telluride;

Links: http://www.bullfrogfilms.com (for study guide) www.thirteen.org/americanmasters/curtis/index.html (PBS site)

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