This orotone was featured in portfolio 1 as plate 1 in The North American Indian. The Vanishing Race is the most common of Curtis’s master-prints but its subject matter and beauty make the image highly desirable.
Size 14×17″. Curtis’s original description from the portfolio:
The thought which this picture is meant to convey is that the Indians as a race, already shorn of their tribal strength and stripped of their primitive dress, are passing into the darkness of an unknown future. Feeling that the picture expresses so much of the thought that inspired the entire work, the author has chosen it as the first of the series.