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July 7, 2022

35 Beautiful Portrait Photos of Native Americans From the late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Native Americans, also known as First Americans, Indigenous Americans, American Indians, and other terms, are the Indigenous peoples of the United States, including Hawaii and territories of the United States, and other times limited to the mainland.

Portraits of Native Americans  from the late 19th and early 20th centuries

There are 574 federally recognized tribes living within the US, about half of which are associated with Indian reservations. “Native Americans” (as defined by the United States Census) are Indigenous tribes that are originally from the contiguous United States, along with Alaska Natives.

Indigenous peoples of the United States who are not American Indian or Alaska Native include Native Hawaiians, Samoans, and Chamorros. The US Census groups these peoples as “Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander”.

These amazing vintage photos from Rick Soloway captured portraits of Native Americans from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

A young American Indian mother and her baby

A young Chiricahua Apache woman in native dress

A young Kiowa (Kiawah) woman in native dress

A young Native American girl in western dress

An Apache warrior seated and holding a sheathed bow and arrow quiver

An unknown Native American Indian with ornate headdress

Bear Shield

Chief Red Whip

Chief Running Bird

Chief White Horse

Crazy Horse

Frank Hup and Son

Joseph and Susie Good

Judge Bird Head and wife

Long Bull

Lovely Enohet woman

Mountain Chief

Mr. and Mrs. Sitting Hawk

Mrs. Blue Bird

Mrs. James Cedar

Mrs. Locke

Pawnee couple, Genoa, Nebraska

Pawnee tribesman, Genoa, Nebraska

Pawnee woman, Genoa, Nebraska

Portrait of Pedro, a Navajo

Sioux Indian

Two Native American children in western dress

Two Strikes, Chief of Sioux Nation, Wounded Knee, South Dakota

Two Winnebago or Menominee women from Northern Wisconsin

Two young Apache women from Arizona with their basketry

Woman in traditional dress

Wounded Bear, Wounded Knee, South Dakota

Young Native American man with a rifle standing next to a seated Caucasian man wearing a hat

Young Native American woman

"Curley" a Crow Indian Scout for General Custer


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