Americans II

Bears Belly, an Arikara indian man in a Half-length Portrait. It was taken in 1908

Bears Belly, an Arikara indian man in a Half-length Portrait. It was taken in 1908

I have said it before, but I am newly amazed every time I view these 100+ year old photographs.  These were taken exclusively by Edward Curtis in the very early 1900’s.  American Indians should simply be called Americans, they were here first and it was their land before it was ours.   I post these as a tribute to a beautiful people!  Be sure to let me know your favorite photo and feel free to comment 🙂

Zuni Medicine Man, Grinding Medicine. It was created in 1903

Zuni Medicine Man, Grinding Medicine. It was created in 1903

Zuni Brave. It was made in 1903

Zuni Brave. It was made in 1903

Zuni Bead Worker Drilling Holes. It was created in 1903

Zuni Bead Worker Drilling Holes. It was created in 1903

White Shield, an Indian Chief. It was made in 1908

White Shield, an Indian Chief. It was made in 1908

Swallow Bird, a handsome Crow Indian in Montana. It was taken in 1908

Swallow Bird, a handsome Crow Indian in Montana. It was taken in 1908

Navaho Chief. It was made in 1904

Navaho Chief. It was made in 1904

Nova, a Walapai Man. It was taken in 1906

Nova, a Walapai Man. It was taken in 1906

Pimas Indian School Girl. It was created in 1907

Pimas Indian School Girl. It was created in 1907

Raven Blanket. It was made in 1910

Raven Blanket. It was made in 1910

Slow Bull Praying to the Great Spirit. It was created in 1907

Slow Bull Praying to the Great Spirit. It was created in 1907

Mizheh Babe, and Indian Mother. It was made in 1906

Mizheh Babe, and Indian Mother. It was made in 1906

Maricopa Water Girl. It was made in 1907

Maricopa Water Girl. It was made in 1907

Maricopa Water Girl. It was made in 1906

Maricopa Water Girl. It was made in 1906

Maricopa Indian Child. It was taken in 1907

Maricopa Indian Child. It was taken in 1907

Klamath Indian Head-dress. It was created in 1923

Klamath Indian Head-dress. It was created in 1923

Apache Papoose. It was made in 1903

Apache Papoose. It was made in 1903

Bears Belly, an Arikara indian man in a Half-length Portrait. It was taken in 1908

Bears Belly, an Arikara indian man in a Half-length Portrait. It was taken in 1908

Crow Warriors On Horseback. It was taken in 1908

Crow Warriors On Horseback. It was taken in 1908

Honovi-Walpi, a Hopi Snake Priest, with Totkya. It was made in 1910

Honovi-Walpi, a Hopi Snake Priest, with Totkya. It was made in 1910

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ah chee lo a young indian child it was taken in 1905

Ah Chee Lo, a young indian child – 1905

This is a fascinating collection of Native American Indian photographs from the turn  of the last century!  Several tribes are represented in this collection: Sioux, Walapai, Brule, Arikara and Tluwulahu.  Such a stoic people, I believe that there is a lot to be learned from lives that were led so simply.  While I look to god for my spiritual and worldly guidance, I do believe there is a lot to glean from these “simple” people.  There lives were anything but simple, the thought of living from the land, every minute of every day, really gives me pause.  I want to give credit for these spectacular photos, the clarity of old film just cannot be duplicated by a digital memory!  All of these photos were originally shot by Edward S. Curtis and can be found on this website: http://www.old-picture.com/

Little Hawk, a Brule Warrior. It was taken in 1907

Little Hawk, a Brule Warrior. It was taken in 1907

Sioux Chiefs. It was made in 1905

Sioux Chiefs. It was made in 1905

Snake Indian Priest. It was taken in 1900

Snake Indian Priest. It was taken in 1900

Tluwulahu Mask. It was created in 1914

Tluwulahu Mask. It was created in 1914

Walapai-IndianNova, a Walapai Man. It was taken in 1906

Walapai-IndianNova, a Walapai Man. It was taken in 1906

Hupa Mother and Baby in a Three-quarter Length Portrait. It was created in 1923

Hupa Mother and Baby in a Three-quarter Length Portrait. It was created in 1923

Bears Belly, an Arikara indian man in a Half-length Portrait. It was taken in 1908

Bears Belly, an Arikara indian man in a Half-length Portrait. It was taken in 1908

Looking into the future

Looking into the future

Native American overlooking the transontinental railroad, 1868

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