Old photo avaThe 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.

Pretty Nose Arapaho female war chief 1878 Fort Keogh Montana



Crow tribe boy. Photographed in 1907.

Native American Crow tribe boy 1907



Young Ute woman. Photo from 1880-1900.

Young Native American Ute woman 1880-1900



Isleta Pueblo women – Carlotta Chiwiwi and her daughters Maria and Felicita Toura. Early 1900s.

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.

Cheyenne girl in beaded dress and breastplate Early 1900s Oklahoma



Little Bird, an Ojibwe woman. 1908.

Little Bird Native American Ojibwe woman 1908



Flathead women. Flathead Indian Reservation in Western Montana. Photo taken between 1905-1907.

Flathead women from Flathead Indian Reservation in Western Montana 1905-1907



Loti-kee-yah-tede. “The Chief’s Daughter”. Laguna Pueblo tribe. New Mexico, 1905.

Loti-kee-yah-tede The Chief’s Daughter Laguna Pueblo tribe New Mexico 1905



Stella Yellow Shirt and baby. Brule Sioux tribe. 1899.

Stella Yellow Shirt and baby Brule Sioux tribe 1899



Apache girl and papoose. 1903.

Apache girl and papoose 1903



Inuit woman with child. Alaska, 1900.

Inuit woman with child Alaska 1900



Girl at Taos Pueblo. New Mexico, 1895.

Girl at Taos Pueblo New Mexico 1895



Kiowa girl. 1892.

Native American Kiowa girl 1892



Tewa girl. 1906.

Native American Tewa girl 1906



Two Inuit children. Nome, Alaska, 1900-1908.

Two Inuit children Nome Alaska 1900-1908



Ute women and children. 1894.

Ute women and children 1894



Marie and Juan Pierre, children on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Western Montana. 1905-1907.

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.

Crow women and child Early 1900s Crow Indian Reservation Montana



Nez Perce girls. Montana. Early 1900s.

Nez Perce girls Montana Early 1900s



Miss Two Bears. Yanktonai tribe. Fort Yates, North Dakota. 1902.

Miss Two Bears Yanktonai tribe Fort Yates North Dakota 1902



Acoma tribe. Mother and daughter. Circa 1900.

Acoma tribe Mother and daughter 1900



Crow mother. 1912.

Native American Crow mother 1912



Every Wind. Ojibwe. Circa 1910.

Every Wind Native American Ojibwe 1910



Apache girl with basket. 1902.

Apache girl with basket 1902



Cheyenne girls. 1895.

Cheyenne girls 1895



Winyan Tanka with her daughter. Oglala Lakota tribe. 1895.

Winyan Tanka with her daughter Oglala Lakota tribe 1895


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