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Plate 516: Home in the Mesquite-Chemehuevi

Plate 516: Home in the Mesquite-Chemehuevi


Edward S. Curtis

(American, 1868–1952)

Glass interpositive plate with lightbox

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

Gift of Dr. Terence and Joyce Isakov 2022.306


Did you know?

The Chemehuevi moved around the Mohave Desert until the mid-19th century, when they started to settle near the Colorado River in Nevada and Chemehuevi Valley, California.


“The Chemehuevi character,” wrote Carobeth Laird, whose husband George Laird was one of the last in the tribe raised in its traditional culture, “is made up of polarities which are complementary rather than contradictory. They are loquacious yet capable of silence; gregarious yet so close to the earth that single families or even men alone might live and travel for long periods away from other human beings; proud, yet capable of a gentle self-ridicule.” Perhaps this wooden hut sheltered such a recluse.

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