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25 Photos of Native American History

Updated on Oct 12, 2021. Originally added on Nov 21, 2017 by Daniel Pinna
A collection of photos that give us a glimpse into the Native American people and documenting their way of life.

Before European explorers arrived in North America, scholars believe that there were upwards of 50 million Native Americans living across all of the Americas. According to the U.S. Census Bureau there 550 Federally recognized tribes, and only 4.5 million Native Americans in the United States.

These proud people have a fascinating history that was almost completely lost. However, thanks to a handful of photographers we have these photos today to remember their way of life.
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A Sioux named “Plenty Holes” in feather headdress

Sioux Indian in feather headdress

Mojave Native American scout

Mojave Indian scout

Amos Two Bulls was a performer in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show.

Amos Two Bulls
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Iroquois tribe from Buffalo New York in 1914

Iroquois Indians in Buffalo NY

Medicine lodge with two Siksika or Blackfoot tribe members

Medicine lodge in winter

A Cherokee presenting President Coolidge with a copy of “The Red Man” - a survey of the Native American people.

"The Red Man" Survey - President Coolidge.

Reenactment of the death of Colonel Custer taken from Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show

Death of Custer Reenactment
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Working on an animal hide around 1927

Blackfoot Indian

Eskimos working with walrus blubber

Eskimos, 1897

Thanks to photographers like Edward Curtis we have photos like these.

Native Americans, unknown

Crow war group from Montana

Crow or Apsaroke War Group

Chief Quanah Parker

Chief Quanah Parker
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