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Plate 657: Walter Ross-Wichita

Plate 657: Walter Ross-Wichita


Edward S. Curtis

(American, 1868–1952)

Glass interpositive plate

Overall: 43.2 x 35.6 cm (17 x 14 in.)

Gift of Dr. Terence and Joyce Isakov 2022.301


Did you know?

A reservation was established for the Wichita people in 1855, but in 1900 that land was opened to white settlement, destroying the Wichita’s communal way of life.


Even after losing their reservation in 1900, the Wichita preserved many elements of their culture. Farming and hunting had been essential elements of Plains life. Among the important crops were pumpkins and corn, which was dried, then ground into cornmeal used to make bread. Walter Ross, who Edward S. Curtis identified as a successful corn farmer, posed for two photographs: this straightforward portrait, and another done in profile.

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