Amazing collection of century old pics of the Native American tribes
The ancient stories of the different tribes of the Native Americans seem to have got lost today in the midst of modern and contemporary life. There are very few people, who have interests in knowing about the history of the Native American tribes that existed in those days and the way they led their lives. Thankfully, there was a photographer and an ethnologist by the name Edward S. Curtis, who captured some of the amazing pictures of the wild landscapes by travelling all across North America.
1 Browse his book and get stunned by the abundance of the pictures
He almost spent twenty years of his life for collecting the astonishing photographs of the Native American tribes and the places in an attempt to bring the indigenous group of people into the mainstream society. Curtis was able to document pictures of around 80 Native American tribes and his excellent work has been revised into a book with the title, “The North American Indian”. This is a priceless work of art that is admired by everyone and is surely an inspiration for all the photographers out there.
It is due to his breathtaking collection of pictures that bring the history of the different Native American tribes to life. If you go through few of his collections, you will find that he captured the true essence of the idiom, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” Let us have a look at some of his outstanding work that he undertook while traversing from one place to the other in the length and breadth of North America and the pictures will surely keep you in awe and surprise.
2 A religious ritual performed by a Kwakiuti Shaman
It is one of the autonomous Native American tribes who had a strong belief in the concepts of supernatural power and magic. In fact, the group didn’t consider themselves as human beings till the year 1900. The picture clearly depicts that the shaman is involved in an act of supernatural ritual.
3 Qagyuhi dancers were very popular
During the winter season it was very common for the people from the Kwakiuti tribe to wear masks and dance. The picture displays that the masks used to be big enough and more or less symbolized the faces of the animals. Quagyuhi or masked dancers were quite popular in the culture.
4 Hollow Horn Bear: the leader
He was a popular Brule Lakota teacher who acted as the leader during the Indian wars on the Great Plains of the United States. He was involved in several treaty negotiations and since 1870’s he showed his interest in becoming friends with the Whites. In fact, Hollow Horn Bear has featured on the postage stamp of the five dollar note.
5 Tewa girl with their peculiar hairstyle
This is the photograph of Chaiwa, the Tewa girl with their peculiar butterfly like hairstyle. The Tewa girls belong to the Pueblo Native Americans linguistic group sharing the Pueblo culture. If you notice the photograph minutely, you can get access not only to the hairstyle but the one off-shoulder rope fashioned dress and the bead necklace piece.
6 Nesjaja Hatali: the Navajo medicine man
Apart from being the main medicine man in the Navajo tribe, he also acted as one of the important leaders of the group as well. His guerrilla tactics and strategies were taken into consideration to fight against the Whites. Though he had more knowledge in the field of medicine, he was more successful and popular, especially as a leader during the war times.
The above mentioned are just few when it comes to Edward’s collection of photographs, which were originally published during 1907-1930. If you go through his book, you will be mesmerized to come across as many as 40,000 unique pictures of the different Native American tribes speaking about their history and culture.