In 1895 Edward Curtis became interested in the Native Americans living in and around Seattle and began to photograph them. One of his earliest subjects was Princess Angeline, the aged daughter of Chief Sealth, the Suquamish Indian from whom Seattle took its name. At the National Photographic Exhibition of 1899 Curtis was awarded the grand prize for several of his soft-focused, sepia-toned photographs of Indians collecting clams and mussels along the beaches of Puget Sound.
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