Edward S. Curtis Three Native Americans on Horseback Print

This serene photogravure of Three Native Americans on Horseback by Edward S. Curtis is also called The Three Chiefs. Originally taken in the Summer of 1900, the print depicts three Piegan men in traditional dress on horseback. They are situated next to a small stream in the Great Plains with a cloudy sky.

The artist, Edward S. Curtis was most famous for his in-depth studies and photographs of Native Peoples between 1900 and 1930. During that time, the photographer traveled and lived among dozens of Native American tribes. He was dedicated to studying the cultures of the people and eventually produced what is now considered the most comprehensive photo-ethnographic record of North America Indians. His photos won national awards and were internationally exhibited. This particular photo reportedly took him several days to find the perfect prairie backdrop and riders while on his trip to Montana where he first encountered Indian groups with a mostly intact traditional culture. Out of more than 40,000 photographs, The Three Chiefs is still considered one of his best works.

The three individuals were from the Piegan tribe in the North American Great Plains. The Piegans were the largest group in the Blackfoot Confederacy and still retained a majority of their original culture by the time Curtis visited in 1900. The Algonquian-speaking people were known as one of the strongest military powers of the northwestern plains and welcomed the photographer who created this beloved print.


Overall very good condition. The fantastically detailed print has no tears, creases, etc. and is framed according to the highest archival standards.

Framed Dimensions: 27" H x 31 1/2" W x 2 1/2" D

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