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Joseph Nex Percé was a leader of the Wal-lam-wat-kai tribe of the Nex Percé in the interior of the Pacific Northwest. He is captured in this iconic photograph by noted American artist Edward S. Curtis whose work focused on the American West, especially indigenous tribes and their respective cultures and heritage. Curtis' family relocated to Seattle in 1887, and he began documenting noted members of tribes throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Chief Joseph. Three years after this photograph was taken, Curtis received $75,000 from J.P. Morgan to produce a series of pictures for Morgan's private collection.
Indigenous land was first impacted during the Gold Rushes of the nineteenth century in the Pacific Northwest as eager prospectors from across the nation flocked to the region to stake claims and established camps and towns. As these communities grew, the demand for land caused tensions to develop. Chief Joseph became known for his work as a humanitarian and peacemaker while resisting having his tribe removed from their ancestral homelands. In the late nineteenth century, Chief Joseph was forced to surrender to the US Army after being cornered some 40 miles from the Canadian border.
This iconic vintage photograph remains one of the most enduring images of the tribes of the Pacific Northwest. The image is immediately recognizable and creates a direct bond to the past while reflecting the strength and resilience of Chief Joseph during his later years. His traditional clothing and jewelry illustrate the cultural significance and history of the Nex Percé tribe.