The world knows not enough about the Native American Indians, their culture, clothing traditions, and lifestyle. Of course, there are museums and exhibitions that preserve some of the knowledge but only the real-life situations can show any culture in its fullest. So, we’ve prepared for you a collection of old photos that can give us a glimpse of what the Native Americans were like in the late 19th – the beginning of the 20th century. Unfortunately, we can’t have photos of these tribes from before the European colonization, simply because photography wasn’t invented yet. But it’s at least something.
Pretty Nose, an Arapaho female war chief. Photographed in 1878 at Fort Keogh, Montana.
Crow tribe boy. Photographed in 1907.
Young Ute woman. Photo from 1880-1900.
Isleta Pueblo women – Carlotta Chiwiwi and her daughters Maria and Felicita Toura. Early 1900s.
Cheyenne girl in a beaded dress and breastplate. Early 1900s, Oklahoma.
Little Bird, an Ojibwe woman. 1908.
Flathead women. Flathead Indian Reservation in Western Montana. Photo taken between 1905-1907.
Loti-kee-yah-tede. “The Chief’s Daughter”. Laguna Pueblo tribe. New Mexico, 1905.
Stella Yellow Shirt and baby. Brule Sioux tribe. 1899.
Apache girl and papoose. 1903.
Inuit woman with child. Alaska, 1900.
Girl at Taos Pueblo. New Mexico, 1895.
Kiowa girl. 1892.
Tewa girl. 1906.
Two Inuit children. Nome, Alaska, 1900-1908.
Ute women and children. 1894.
Marie and Juan Pierre, children on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Western Montana. 1905-1907.
Crow women and child. Early 1900s. Crow Indian Reservation, Montana.
Nez Perce girls. Montana. Early 1900s.
Miss Two Bears. Yanktonai tribe. Fort Yates, North Dakota. 1902.
Acoma tribe. Mother and daughter. Circa 1900.
Crow mother. 1912.
Every Wind. Ojibwe. Circa 1910.
Apache girl with basket. 1902.
Cheyenne girls. 1895.
Winyan Tanka with her daughter. Oglala Lakota tribe. 1895.