Beautiful Portraits of Native American Teen Girls, 1800s-1900s

While Native America women generally had different roles from men, they often had the same rights as their male counterparts.

They usually owned the home along with everything in it, and in some tribes, while the chief was a man, it was the women who were responsible for electing him. Because women’s activities were considered central to the welfare of the community, this gave them a certain level of social, political and economic power, and even today approximately 25% of Native American tribes recognised by the federal government of the United States are led by women.

Following are beautiful vintage portraits of Native American girls taken between the late 1800s and the turn of the 19th Century…

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