On the contrary, Mr. Curtis, Indians do smile.

On the contrary, Mr. Curtis, Indians do smile.

‘Smiling Indians’—Take that, Edward S. Curtis!

Edward S. Curtis is famous for his photographs of American Indians, who he was convinced were a “vanishing race.” His pictures ended up defining the look and even personality of the people he documented, at least in the eyes of non-Indians. Curtis didn’t like for his Indians to smile, and he even messed with the pictures a bit to make them fit his narrative—visit this blog post at Native Appropriations for a better explanation.

But guess what? Indians do smile. All the time! Filmmaker Sterlin Harjo and Demockratees founder Ryan Red Corn have created a short film about smiling Indians, and it’s dedicated to Edward S. Curtis:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga98brEf1AU[/youtube]

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