“Dear Mr. Curtis: I regard this work as one of the most valuable any American can do now… Making a record of the lives of the American Indians… You have begun just in time. The Indian, as an Indian, is on the point of perishing. A vanishing race in all it’s glory…” Theodore Roosevelt to photographer Edward S. Curtis. 1909.
Hosteen Tso, holding a ceremonial rattle, ranked as the most powerful medicine man in Monument Valley until his death last year. A favourite of motion picture directors, he offered to conjure fair weather for camera crews on location. His son, Hosteen Tso Begay succeeded him as medicine man.