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The Indigenous People of North America

Created on Aug 21, 2017 by Kathy Pinna
Holy men, hunters, chiefs, merchants and ceremonial dancers - see wonderful photos of the indigenous peoples of North America. We're fortunate that photographers like Edward Curtis and Heyn & Matzen took such pains to document Native American culture around 1900. Many are included here, as well as a couple from the 1920's. Enjoy!

History: Around 1,000 years ago, Vikings came to North America. Then came the Spanish – you know that one, 1492 – the English, the French . . . But before all of them, around 12,000 years ago, settlers came from Asia. The descendants of those settlers are the Native Americans. Each group has tried to keep the next wave out – but let’s face it, we’re all immigrants!
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The Indigenous People of North America

Cup'ig walrus drum 1929

Cup'ig Eskimo - Nunivak Island Alaska

This Cup'ig (Alaska native) drum is made of walrus bladder or stomach.

Siksika fair, 1907

Chief Running Wolf and party of Blackfoot Indians

Chief Running Wolf and party of Blackfoot.

Horse's Ghost, circa 1915

Horse's Ghost at the fair, Poplar, Mont.

At the fair in Montana.

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Seminole Chief Nea-math-la

Nea-math-la, a Seminole chief

Two Moons

Two Moons - Cheyenne

Cheyenne, 1910.

1907

Two Moons

Also called Two Moons, this photo is otherwise unidentified.

Broken Arm

Broken Arm

Sioux, 1899

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Stars Come Out

Stars Come Out

1899 Sioux

St Regis Mohawk, 1894

St. Regis Mohawk

On the reservation in New York.

Susie Baggage

Susie Baggage / Heyn and Matzen, Chicago.

Taken in 1900 but her people aren't recorded.

Samuel Lone Bear

Samuel Lone Bear

1900, people not recorded.

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