Mar 19, 2012

Portraits of Native Americans from the Early 1900s

 

 

The Edward S. Curtis Collection offers a unique glimpse into Curtis’s work with indigenous cultures. The more than 2,400 silver-gelatin photographic prints were acquired by the Library of Congress through copyright deposit from about 1900 through 1930. About two-thirds (1,608) of these images were not published in Curtis’s multi-volume work, The North American Indian. The collection includes a large number of individual or group portraits, as well as traditional and ceremonial dress, dwellings and other structures, agriculture, arts and crafts, rites and ceremonies, dances, games, food preparation, transportation, and scenery.

Below is a small collection of portraits from this fascinating collection. To see the entire series, be sure to visit the Library of Congress site with the entire 1,069-photo collection available for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

 

 

1. White Shield – Arikara – c1908

 

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2. Si Wa Wata Wa – Zuni – c1903

 

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3. White deerskin dance costume – Hupa – c1923

 

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4. Yellow Kidney – Piegan – c1910

 

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5. Many Goat’s son – Navajo – c1904

 

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6. Weasel Tail – Piegan – c1900

 

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7. An Acoma woman – Acoma – c1905

 

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8. Running Rabbit – c1900

 

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9. Nez Percé Man – Nez Percé – c1910

 

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10. Head Carry – c1900

 

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11. Lucille – Dakota – c1907

 

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12. A Tluwulahu mask – Tsawatenok – c1914

 

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13. Two Whistles – Apsaroke – c1908

 

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14. Wishham bride – Tlakluit – c1910

 

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15. Tah It Way – c1905

 

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16. Iron Breast – Piegan – c1900

 

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17. Bull Chief – Apsaroke – c1908

 

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18. Wishham young woman – Tlakluit – c1910

 

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19. Pah Toi – Taos – c1905

 

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20. We-Ton – c1900

 

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21. Ben Long Ear – c1905

 

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22. Maskette – Nunivak – c1929

 

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23. Young Hairy Wolf – Apsaroke – c1905

 

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24. Wisham girl – c1910

 

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25. Black Hair – c1905

 

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26. One Blue Bead – Crow – c1908

 

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27. Three Horses – c1905

 

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28. Lies Sideway – Crow – c1908

 

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29. Mosa – Mohave – c1903

 

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30. Chief Joesph – Nez Percé – c1903

 

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