×

These Photos From The 1900s Capture How Native Americans Lived 100 Years Ago

In the 20th century, Native American Indian was fading away quickly. With this regard, Edward Sheriff Curtis dedicated years of his life to securing and recording the lifestyle of the remarkable indigenous tribes in North America. Considerably, his work comprises some of the most enthralling photos from that era.

Wealthy financier and banker J.P. Morgan equipped Curtis with $75,000 in 1906. He was to produce a Native Americans series; so together they created a 20-volume series. It's called The North American Indian, and you can purchase here: The North American Indian: The Complete Portfolios

A Klamath Chief Poses On A Hill Above Crater Lake, Oregon, 1923
How Native Americans Lived 1

A Young Jicarrilla Girl, C. 1910
How Native Americans Lived 2

On Horseback --- an Apsaroke Man, 1908
How Native Americans Lived 3

A Group Of Navajo men In The Canyon De Chelly, Arizona, 1904
How Native Americans Lived 4

An Apsaroke Mother with her Child, 1908
How Native Americans Lived 5

the Sioux Chiefs, 1905
How Native Americans Lived 6

A Tewa Girl, 1906
How Native Americans Lived 7

A bare-skinned Nootka Man Aims A Bow And Arrow, 1910
How Native Americans Lived 8

the Black Eagle, An Assiniboin Man, 1908
How Native Americans Lived 9

Piegan Tepees, 1910
How Native Americans Lived 10

the Hollow Horn Bear, A Brulé Man, 1907
How Native Americans Lived 11

A Mohave Woman, 1903
How Native Americans Lived 12

An Apache Girl with a Papoose, 1903
How Native Americans Lived 13

A Kwakiutl Wedding Party Arrives In Intricately-designed Canoes, 1914
How Native Americans Lived 14

Nakoaktok Dancers Don Hamatsa Masks In A Ritual, 1914
How Native Americans Lived 15

Eskadi, Of The Apache Tribe, 1903
How Native Americans Lived 16

The Kwakiutl Shaman Performs A Religious Ritual, 1914
How Native Americans Lived 17

An Apache Woman, 1906
How Native Americans Lived 18

A Smoky Day At The Sugar Bowl, 1923
How Native Americans Lived 19

20 A Qagyuhl Man Portraying A Bear, 1914
How Native Americans Lived 20

Some Walpi Maidens, 1906
How Native Americans Lived 21

A young Qahatika Girl, 1907
How Native Americans Lived 22

A Navajo Man, 1904
How Native Americans Lived 23

Maricopa Child, 1907
How Native Americans Lived 24

Crow Encampment With Tipis, Tents, Wagons, Horses And Men As Noticed From The Distant Shore Of The River, 1908
How Native Americans Lived 25

the Navajos, 1905
How Native Americans Lived 26

Piegan Girls Collect Goldenrod, 1910
How Native Americans Lived 27

A Koskimo Man Dressed As Hami ("dangerous Thing") During A Numhlim Ceremony, 1914
How Native Americans Lived 28

A Qagyuhl Woman Dressed Up With A Fringed Chilkat Blanket And A Mask Representing A Deceased Relative Who Had Been A Shaman, 1914
How Native Americans Lived 29

A Hidatsa Man Carrying A Captured Eagle, 1908
How Native Americans Lived 30

Medicine Crow Among The Apsaroke Tribe, 1908
How Native Americans Lived 31

Hakalahl, A Nakoaktok Chief, 1914
How Native Americans Lived 32

Indian Woman Carrying Rushes, 1908
How Native Americans Lived 33

A Young Member Of The Apache Tribe, C. 1910
How Native Americans Lived 34

The Primitive Artists-paviotso, 1924
How Native Americans Lived 35

An Apsaroke Man Wearing Medicine Hawk Headdress, 1908
How Native Americans Lived 36

A Kwakiutl Gatherer Hunting Abalones In Washington, 1910
How Native Americans Lived 37

A Hupa Spear Fisherman Watches For Salmon, 1923
How Native Americans Lived 38

A Wishran Girl, 1910
How Native Americans Lived 39

A Kwakiutl Man Wearing A Mask Representing A Man Transforming Into A Loon, 1914
How Native Americans Lived 40

**Curtis' mechanism in recording the vanishing way of life were later on condemned by some anthropologists. He seldom posed individuals from different tribes in the same clothing, separated them from their natural settings and utilized overly romantic ones, and the like. Nonetheless, his work is still considered one of he biggest Native American research and features great authenticity.

More works of Edward S. Curtis are also available on Amazon:

Edward S. Curtis: Visions of the First Americans

Edward S. Curtis: One Hundred Masterworks

The North American Indian: The Complete Portfolios

H/T EdwardCurtis.com | Mashable

Like it? Share with your friends!

Share On Facebook