The Laughing (?) Singer

Today’s post is a photograph by famed photographer Edward S. Curtis, or a head-and-shoulders portrait of a Navajo man, wearing a necklace and a headband.

It’s inexplicably titled “The laughing singer.”

He looks pretty serious to me… I’ve been wondering why it would be called that. Any ideas?

The laughing singer, Published January 6, 1905

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  1. He does look pretty serious. Maybe he’s usually a laughing singer, but declined to smile for the picture? Still, it seems sort of odd that he’d still title it “The Laughing Singer” when he’s obviously not laughing

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