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Roosevelt, Morgan Backed Indian Epic Now Going for $1.8 Million

Photographer Edward Curtis (1868-1952) built sandcastles with Teddy Roosevelt’s kids, challenged J.P. Morgan in his den and worked as second cameraman on “The Ten Commandments.”

All that was small beer compared with “The North American Indian,” his 20-volume photographic and written record of what then was a rapidly declining culture. Yet he died 60 years ago forgotten by all but a few.