The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Native-Americana of Edward S. Curtis #5

Geronimo -- Apache (1905)


Jay River said...

Lovin your website,keep the Curtis pics coming.

ES Curtis on film.

The Indian Picture Opera, Search Amazon (dvd).

It's a total Curtis experience.

Tom Sutpen said...

You're tireless!

What's your connection with this film, if you don't mind my asking.

slyboots2 said...

It's funny. Every Curtis posting, I check the comments, because like the sun circling the earth, jay river will comment about the Curtis film. There's a sense of security in repetition.

Tom Sutpen said...

I don't mind it . . . even though I did ask him to keep it to every other post. Yeah, it's technically advertising, but Curtis is a worthy subject for a film.

I figure it's okay so long as he's not posting these in, say, The Art of the Centerfold.

Vanwall said...

I new his grandson, who was a good friend of my Dad's, back when I was kid in San Manuel, AZ - I was pretty lucky to have as much contact with Native Americans of various tribes over the years, as it made them seem more part of the natural order of the desert State. Tramped over the some of same ground a few times, and it was a wonder how Geronimo and his band survived out there. The best guerrillas and light horseman, without a doubt. Geronimo never would've been taken without some Apache help, BTW.