Rarely Seen Photos Of Real Americans

By | May 12, 2020

Who would you consider to be the REAL Americans? Beware, when we get into this kind of discussion there are many mix views. But there's one thing we can all agree on, the collection of photographs in this gallery are rarely seen and truly for mature audiences only.

Some of the stories and photos are hard to look at and some are terrifying...try not to gasp.  Have no fear, it's time to journey into the mysterious past, and lose ourselves in the imagination of what life was really like back when these images were captured. 

Warning, some people may be triggered by the idea of who the REAL Americans really are...so pay attention to the stories each photograph tells and when you get to the end of the gallery you can make up your own mind. Onward!

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source: reddit

As a leader of the southern Cheyenne Indian tribe, Wolf Robe earned the Benjamin Harrison Peace Medal in 1890 for his assistance in the Cherokee Commission, a three-person bi-partisan committee that worked to legally acquire land occupied by the Cherokee Nation and other tribes in the Oklahoma Territory in order for use with non-indigenous people.

Wolf Robe is one of the most well respected members of the Cheyenne Nation not only for his grace under pressure but for the way he insured that his people would forgo their useless slaughter at the hands of the U.S. government.

A favorite of photographers like F.A. Rinehart and Nancy DeGill, it’s believed that his likeness was used for the profile on the “Indian Head Nickel.”

This is Joe Medicine Crow (1913 - 2016) who was a war chief and historian of the Crow Nation

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source: PBS

Joe Medicine Crow spent World War 2 fighting the Nazis while carrying out the four must-dos to become a war chief. While going into battle he wore his war paint - two red stripes on his arms and a sacred yellow painted eagle feather under his helmet.

During his time in U.S. Army Joe became a war chief after he accomplished the following four tasks:

  • Touching an enemy without killing him
  • Taking an enemy's weapon
  • Leading a war party
  • Stealing an enemy's horse

The first two goals were carried out after he disarmed a German soldier and knocked the rifle from his hands. The two then took part in hand to hand combat that Jim broke off shortly before killing the soldier.

Following this feat, Joe lead a group of seven soldiers along with a pack of explosives through German territory. On top of that he stole 50 horses from a Nazi camp, singing a native song as he rode corralled them back to the Army camp.

In 2009, Jim was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. In 2016 he passed away at the age of 102.