The Most Breathtaking Photos I've Ever Seen Of Early 1900s Native Americans

April 16, 2016

During his life, Edward S. Curtis took astonishing pictures of the American West and Native Americans.

Starting in 1906, Curtis spent over two decades traveling across North America, tracing the footsteps of over 80 Native American tribes, in an attempt to document the indigenous people.

Below you will see some of our favorite photographs from Curtis' The North American Indian collection...

Man of the Crow tribe on horseback - 1908

native american indian photos early 1900s
Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress

Hupa spear fisherman watches for salmon - 1923

native american indian photos early 1900s
Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress

An Apsaroke shaman - 1908

native american indian photos early 1900s
Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress

A mother and child of the Crow tribe - 1908

native american indian photos early 1900s
Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress

A Kutenai duck hunter - 1910

native american indian photos early 1900s
Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress

The Navajo tribe in the Canyon de Chelly, Arizona - 1904

native american indian photos early 1900s
Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress

Medicine Crow, of the Apsaroke tribe - 1908

native american indian photos early 1900s
Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress

Two Piegan girls gather the goldenrod plant - 1910

native american indian photos early 1900s
Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress

Piegan chiefs - 1900

native american indian photos early 1900s
Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress

Sioux chiefs - 1905

native american indian photos early 1900s
Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress

A Hidatsa man with an eagle - 1908

native american indian photos early 1900s
Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress

Hollow Horn Bear, a Brulé man - 1907

native american indian photos early 1900s
Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress

A girl of the Jicarrilla Apache people - 1910

native american indian photos early 1900s
Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress

A girl of the Wishran tribe - 1910

native american indian photos early 1900s
Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress

Dancers of the Qagyuhl tribe - 1914

native american indian photos early 1900s
Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress

A Kwakiutwl wedding party arrives on shore in canoes - 1914

native american indian photos early 1900s
Edward S. Curtis/Library of Congress

(h/t) littlethings. Learn more about this collection at the Library of Congress.

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