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The best way to understand the people who first inhabited North America, Native Americans, is through their own words. The following quotes contain some of the wisdom passed down through generations of experience with the lands that are now called Canada, the United States, and Mexico:

"We are now about to take our leave and kind farewell to our native land, the country the Great Spirit gave our Fathers, we are on the eve of leaving that country that gave us birth, it is with sorrow we are forced by the white man to quit the scenes of our childhood...we bid farewell to it and all we hold dear." - Charles Hicks, Tsalagi (Cherokee) Vice Chief, just prior to the Trail of Tears, November 4, 1838

"Upon suffering beyond suffering: the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again. In that day, there will be those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things and the young white ones will come to those of my people and ask for this wisdom. I salute the light within your eyes where the whole Universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am that place within me, we shall be one." - Crazy Horse, Oglala Sioux Chief, said on September 1, 1877, 4 days before he was bayoneted by a U.S. soldier while in custody

"I have heard you intend to settle us on a reservation near the mountains. I don't want to settle. I love to roam over the prairies. There I feel free and happy, but when we settle down we grow pale and die.” - Satanta, Kiowa Chief

"Conversation was never begun at once, nor in a hurried manner. No one was quick with a question, no matter how important, and no one was pressed for an answer. A pause giving time for thought was the truly courteous way of beginning and conducting a conversation. Silence was meaningful with the Lakota, and his granting a space of silence to the speech-maker and his own moment of silence before talking was done in the practice of true politeness and regard for the rule that, "thought comes before speech." - Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Sioux Chief

"Out of the Indian approach to life there came a great freedom, an intense and absorbing respect for life, enriching faith in a Supreme Power, and principles of truth, honesty, generosity, equity, and brotherhood as a guide to mundane relations." - Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Sioux Chief

"The Earth is the Mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it. You might as well expect the river to run backward as that any man who was born a free man should be contented when penned up and denied liberty to go where he pleases.” - Chief Joseph, Nez Perce

"Among the Indians there have been no written laws. Customs handed down from generation to generation have been the only laws to guide them. Every one might act different from what was considered right did he choose to do so, but such acts would bring upon him the censure of the Nation . . . This fear of the Nation's censure acted as a mighty band, binding all in one social, honorable compact." - George Copway (Kah-ge-ga-bowh) Ojibwa Chief

"In the beginning of all things, wisdom and knowledge were with the animals, for Tirawa, the One Above, did not speak directly to man. He sent certain animals to tell men that he showed himself through the beast, and that from them, and from the stars and the sun and moon should man learn . . . all things tell of Tirawa." - Eagle Chief (Letakos-Lesa) Pawnee

These words describe the lives and principles of Native Americans - their images show their customs and dress. << Read less
A photo of Native Americans, place and date unknown, submitted by Marshal Meira. If you would like more information about this photo, please contact the submitter.
Spinning thread on his bare knee, an old witch doctor of the Skenna River Indians who lived in lower Alaska and upper British Columbia.
This is believed to be an image of "Little", a Sioux Lakota Native American who was supposedly involved in the Wounded Knee Massacre. The Wounded Knee Massacre occurred on December 29th, 1890 near Wounded Knee Creek on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Accounts vary, but essentially the U.S. 7th Cavalry, led by Major Samuel M. Whitside, slaughtered Spotted Elk's band of Lakota Sioux Native Americans (estimated 150 men, women and children).
A photo of a Blackfoot Tepee. Blackfoot Native American, (Bear Bull?) holding horse outside a tipi.
A photo of a group of Shoshoni with their skin tepees.
Cherokee Miss Ruth Muskrat presenting a survey or census of the Native American peoples entitled "The Red Man" to President Coolidge.
Shown here is Bread, a member of the Native American Crow Nation, also called Absaroka, who originally inhabited the Wyoming, North Dakota and Montana area. Interesting to note, the name of the tribe in the Siouan language is Apsaalooke, which means "children of the large-beaked bird" and was interpreted by translators as "people of the crow". The photo was taken by Curtis.
A photo of Chief Stabbed-by-Nustah (?)--one of the council protesting against change of names of mountains, lakes, rivers and waterfalls in Glacier National Park -- he was of the Blackfeet Tribe
A photo of Washakie, Chief of Shoshones, taken by Rose & Hopkins
A photo of Queen Aliquippa
People in this photo:
Queen Aliquippa
1700 - Dec 23, 1754
This photo has been claimed by Ira Cornelius' family. This photo was found in a central Texas antique store. Written on the back: Milo Casebere and Ira Cornelius, Oneida, Wisconsin. According to Ira's family, Milo Casebere worked at the Indian School that Ira attended.
People in this photo:
Ira Cornelius
Aug 21, 1887 - 1956
My grandfather, Arthur Carl Pohley, was with the Bill Cody Wild West Show.
People in this photo:
Arthur Carl Pohley
Oct 10, 1873 - Nov 7, 1963
A photo of Alex Occoma in the Great Smoky Mountains, TN, 1939 - Centenarian mountain man Alex Occoma, a 100-year-old Cherokee Indian, standing on a hillside. He wears patched and torn overalls and shirt and is leaning on a pole or long stick.
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During the summer months, Mary would ride her horse through Custer, SD while holding her little dog and a small portable radio to listen to. Mary would accept tips from Tourists who wanted to take her photograph. She was known to cover her head with a large paper grocery sack and ride off when she was offered no tips! (Super Mellow Horse!)
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Mary Two Eagles
May 1, 1909 - Mar 26, 1984
Custer, SD, United States
A photo of (1967) Mary Two Eagles. (VANNESSA HOUGHLAND PHOTO) - Custer County Chronicle article. Custer, SD July "Gold Discovery Days" parade.
People in this photo:
Mary Two Eagles
May 1, 1909 - Mar 26, 1984
Custer, SD, United States
A photo of Mary Two Eagles (1950's EARLY) MARY - JOHN TWO EAGLES (GENEAL LIPP POSTCARD)
People in this photo:
John Two Eagles
Jan 15, 1896 - 1966
Custer, SD
Possibly of the Nisqually people, that lived in the Olympia surrounding area. During this time frame the native Americans were being “civilized” forced to reservations and instructed to “look white” hence his attire.
This is a postcard sent from Rimrock. TX from my sister , Betty (Mort) Lacher to my parents, Mr. & Mrs. Norman Mort, in Fannettsburg, PA. It is supposed to show an Osage Indian village. Postmark is unreadable.
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This is a postcard of an annual pow wow of Blackfoot Indians, taken at a Blackfoot Reservation in Montana. It was never mailed and there is no date on it, but probably in 1910's or 1920's.
My great grandfather John Otto LaDoux. He was born in 1908 and resided in Ponsford, MN later in life. He was a member of the White Earth Tribe and a decedent of the Loon Clan. We gather the girls are most likely sisters, but their names have been lost to us.
People in this photo:
John Otto LaDoux
Born: 1908
This picture comes from the McLaughlin, S.D. Diamond Jubilee book, 1984. The caption tells it all. This is where my great grandparents settled in 1917, winning a land lottery to homestead on Standing Rock Reservation. My g. grandfather knew many of these Lakota personally, and helped them where the government failed woefully, mostly with food.
A photo of Twylah v Nitsch (1912 - 2007)
People in this photo:
Twylah v. (Hurd) Nitsch
Dec 5, 1912 - Aug 21, 2007
Orange Park, FL
A photo of Joe Herkshan (1891 - 1972)
People in this photo:
Joseph Herkshan
Feb 22, 1891 - June 1972
Klamath Falls, Oregon
Photograph of my great grand mother who was part native american indian.
Born 1793 Died Sept. 13, 1873. Was a U.S. interpreter for the army and was the Chief of the Peoria Tribe.
People in this photo:
Baptiste Peoria
1793 - Sep 13, 1873
My great-great grandmother, Leah Alice Cloud Clark: I'm looking for any information anyone may have. Leah Alice may have gone by Alice and was, according to family lore, Cherokee. She died very young, like in her early 30's in the Nevada, Missouri area.
People in this photo:
Leah Alice (Cloud) Clark
around 1861 - around July 1893
A photo of Mary Lee Cox.
People in this photo:
Mary Lee Cox
Jan 3, 1908 - Jun 17, 1990
A photo of Ruth "Siastenu" Sehome Shelton, friends, and a totem pole.
People in this photo:
Ruth "Siastenu" Sehome Shelton
around 1857 - Oct 4, 1958
MY GREAT GREAT GRANDMOTHER Ruth "Siastenu" Sehome Shelton Daughter of Chief Sehome
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Ruth "Siastenu" Sehome Shelton
around 1857 - Oct 4, 1958
A photo of Ruth "Siastenu" Sehome Shelton with family.
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Ruth "Siastenu" Sehome Shelton
around 1857 - Oct 4, 1958
A photo of Ruth "Siastenu" Sehome Shelton.
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Ruth "Siastenu" Sehome Shelton
around 1857 - Oct 4, 1958
A photo of Geroge & Georgia Galbreath with their children, Edgar and Edward.
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Frank G. Ellis - coming down the river: This picture is of the group of Native American guides who brought Frank G. Ellis and his family down the Colorado River in 1906. On the back it says this is their lunch break. The trip took two days.
People in this photo:
Frank G. Ellis
1868 - Sep 13, 1932
Leavenworth, KS
A photo of Browning Yellowfish, Native American, taken at the Colorado River Agency by Dr. Frank Ellis, doctor at the Parker reservation.
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Mamie Hanner (McCloe) Grimes Rightmire is the lady on the left: this photo was taken in Binghamton, NY on Conklin Ave, maybe late 1960's early 1970's we are interested in finding the tribe they belonged too, the lady on the left is Mamie Hanner McCloe Grimes Rightmire, we believe the middle person is Bea ? no idea who the other person is, If anyone could help identify the people and tribe I would be greatly appreciate it. Thank you, Penny Wager
This is my grandmother Ola Vesta Hale. She was in WWII in the Marines. Her father was a full blood Chickasaw and her mother was part German. She was also a twin and the youngest of 12 children. I was told that her family was older generation because some of her siblings had already died before she was born. I do not know if she has any half siblings from any previous marriages. Thanks! May everyone have a blessed day!
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Old Sauk Trail Pageant, Richton Park, Illinois circa 1923. The pageant/event was an attempt in the go-go 1920's to develop interest in the area. Something like a historical recreation, it never caught on, perhaps because of the Great Depression. Indians, probably Sauk or Fox, were shipped in for the event, perhaps from the reservation in Iowa.
Photo of Emma Andy and her daughter, Juanita June Mesplie, taken in Toppenish, Washington. Emma Andy was born in 1912 (daughter of Nora Waters) and married Floyd Arthur Mesplie (born January 9, 1913) in Toppenish. Their daughter, Juanita June Mesplie was born June 25, 1935. Juanita married Floyd Brown in the 1950's. Juanita died November 7, 2007 in Toppenish, Washington.
People in this photo:
Juanita June (Mesplie) Brown
Jun 25, 1935 - Nov 7, 2007
Malcolm Lenora Gillis Ross of Texas was the daughter of Malcom "Mick" Gillis and Martha Drucilla Johnston. I do not know what kind of Indian that she was. She is pictured here holding Minnie Lee Ragon, her grand-daughter (Emma Lee Ross and Hugh Aubrey Ragon Sr's daughter).
People in this photo:
Malcolm Lenora Gillis Ross
Born: Nov 30, 1865
A painting of Hannah Rebecca Nikiti, a Cherokee, I show she lived to be 105 years of age. Birth 1735 in Virginia, United States Death 1834 in United States Married to: Gabriel Arthur (1725 - 1830) is your 6th great grandfather Martha Rebecca Patsy Arthur (1751 - 1840) Daughter of Gabriel Wm (William James) Lester (1775 - 1836) Son of Martha Rebecca Patsy John Lester (1805 - 1854) Son of Wm (William James) Wilson Pollard Lester (LUSTER) (1839 - 1930) Son of John Albert (Elbert) Fulton Lester (1879 - 1944) Son of Wilson Pollard Willie Lester (1922 - 2010) Son of Albert (Elbert) Fulton Leslie Wayne Lester (1942 - ) Son of Willie Belinda Kay Lester Daughter of Leslie Wayne http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/25089847/person/12543743330
People in this photo:
Hannah Rebecca Nikiti
Born: around 1730
Chief Joseph Quanah Parker of the Nez Perce, Wallowa Band as a young man. He succeeded his father as chief in 1871 and lead the Nez Perce when the U.S. government was trying to force the Nez Perce onto reservation land in Idaho. The struggle between Chief Joseph and the U.S. government lasted many years. He died in 1904 and is buried in the state of Washington. Since he was born between 1840 and 1845 and he looks about 25 or so here, this photo was probably taken sometime around 1870.
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Picture found in my Seitz/Sitz family album,and was believe to be part of the family from the areas of Warren/Marion/Grundy Co TN or Alabama in the 1800's
My GGmother Mary Seitz Lankford brn abt 1822 Indian Territory of TN in the now areas of Warren/Grundy Co TN,known to be 1/2 Cherokee Her maiden name was spelled both Seitz and Sitz
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John Ross, although only 1/8 Cherokee Native American, fought in Congress for the fair treatment of Native Americans but lost the fight and the Trail of Tears followed.
People in this photo:
John Vander Ross
Born: Jun 3, 1908
Emma Baker, Mohegan Medicine Woman, in Connecticut
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This is a photo of St. Paul, Minn. from the Indian mounds added by Ancient Faces on January 11, 2012.
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