THE INDIANS' BOOK by Natalie Curtis, 1935 - Native American Music, Art and Legends

Regular price $ 275.00


  • Vintage item

Natalie Curtis (1875-1921) was intent on a career as a concert pianist but grew fascinated with Native American music after a trip to Arizona in 1900. She became an ethnomusicologist, visiting 18 different tribes to compile this book. She recorded (with an Edison cylinder recorder) and hand transcribed American Indian songs and music and gathered artwork and photographs. The subtitle states that the book is "An Offering by the American Indians of Indian Lore, Musical and Narrative, to Form a Record of the Songs and Legends of Their Race. Illustrations from Photographs and From Original Drawings by Indians." Amazingly, there is a signed foreword by Hiamovi (High Chief) who was chief among the Cheyennes and the Dakotas. The author interviewed High Chief and also Geronimo, among many others, and transcribed their ancient songs and legends. The next to last photo is the author in native dress.

This is the third edition (the first was in 1907, the second in 1923), which contains a preface by her brother, Bridgham Curtis, who recounts her death in an auto accident in Paris. Published by Harper and Brothers, New York and London, this hardcover book is in Very Good to Near Fine condition. If the volume has been read, it was done gently and respectfully. The original beige cloth cover with its black, red and yellow geometric designs on front, back and spine--both Native American and Art Deco--is clean save for one faint mark on the lower front cover (located to the upper right of the bottom left yellow triangle). The slightly darkened spine is tight, solid and uncreased. The almost 600 pages, toned on the edges, are free of any marks or writing; none are missing.

The book measures 10 1/4 by 7 1/4 inches, is 2 inches thick and weighs a bit over 3 pounds. It's a valuable historical document of a way of life that has vanished.

>>.PLEASE NOTE: Due to the condition and value of this book, we will ship it Priority Mail, not Media or Ground Mail. The shipping fees are included in the price.


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