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Unique Images Of Native Americans Show History Almost Forgotten

In 1906, when Edward S. Curtis, American photographer first photographed Native Indians, he didn’t know that it was just the beginning of his 20-year journey of photographing more than 80 tribes.

His fascination of indigenous people turned into a collection of more than 40,000 photos, named The North American Indian. Today they are an impressive record of life, culture, and the struggles of Native Americans.

Navajo tribe in the Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, in 1904.
Shows As He Goes, half-length portrait from a visit of Apache Indian groups, 1905.
The Talk, 1905.
Sioux chiefs, 1905.
The whaler-Clayoquot, 1910.
Saguaro fruit gatherers–Maricopa, Arizona, 1907.
The lone Chief–Cheyenne, 1927.
Watching the signal, 1905.
Running Rabbit, 1900
Wisham girl, 1910.
Three Piegan Indians and four horses on hill above river, 1910.
Lies Sideway, a Crow man, 1908.
Quiet waters–Yurok, 1923.
The Hidatsa Indian eagle catcher, 1908.


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