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Previously on The Bookshelf: Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

  April-June 2015 we aired Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher on The Bookshelf. While the audio is not available, you can browse through the entries below to see some of the images mentioned.

  We are very excited to present this book, subtitled "The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis," in its entirety with permission from author Timothy Egan.  The book chronicles part of the life of famous portrait photographer Edward Curtis, who gave up his elite life to capture on film the "old ways" of the Native Americans before they disappeared.  He spent three decades documenting their stories, rituals, and lives through images, encapsulating over 80 Native American tribes on film.  He dedicated himself to befriending the different peoples and understanding their lifestyle.  From this, he became a staunch advocate for the Native American people and their first photographic historian with nearly 40,000 photographs and 10,000 audio recordings.

Over the next seven weeks, Spokane librarian Susan Creed will read this wonderful book by Timothy Egan and we will be inviting you to explore the photographs described in the pages.  Join us for this unique and incredible jaunt through early 20th Century America through the eyes (and lens) of a man who understood it better than most.

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