Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Second Department

Humanities: Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture

Reader 1

Andrew Aisenberg

Reader 2

Julia Lum


The purpose of this project is to destabilize the categories of archive that render colonization in the United States a part of the past, failing to recognize its contemporary implications. This paper examines The North American Indian Project produced by Edward S. Curtis, and more specifically the photogravure Paviotso House at Walker Lake. These images, even from within the archive, can be used to challenge the very categories that it produces. Although Curtis failed to tend to the fight of the Walker River Paiute for their land and their lake, his works can be brought to bear on present day political efforts.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.