Native American Life In The Early 1900s

In the United States, Native Americans are considered to be people whose pre-Columbian ancestors were indigenous to the lands within the nation’s modern boundaries. These peoples were composed of numerous distinct tribes, bands, and ethnic groups, and many of these groups survive intact today as sovereign nations. This article simply seeks to details some early Native American life.

 

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1914 - A Kwakiutl shaman performs a religious ritual.

1914 - A Kwakiutl shaman performs a religious ritual.

Born on a Wisconsin farm in 1868, Edward Sheriff Curtis grew up to become a commercial photographer in Seattle. In 1895 he photographed Princess Angeline, the daughter of the Duwamish chief Seattle, for whom the city was named.

That encounter sparked Curtis' lifelong fascination with the cultures and lives of Native American tribes. He soon joined expeditions to visit tribes in Alaska and Montana.

In 1906, Curtis was approached by wealthy financier J.P. Morgan, who was interested in funding a documentary project on the indigenous people of the continent.

With Morgan's backing, Curtis spent more than 20 years crisscrossing North America, creating over 40,000 images of more than 80 different tribes. He made thousands of wax cylinder recordings of native songs and language, and wrote down oral histories, legends and biographies.

Curtis' vast body of work is one of the most impressive historical records of Native American life at the beginning of the 20th century.

 

1904 - A group of Navajo in the Canyon de Chelly, Arizona.

1904 - A group of Navajo in the Canyon de Chelly, Arizona.

 

1905 - Sioux chiefs.

1905 - Sioux chiefs.

 

1908 - An Apsaroke mother and child.

1908 - An Apsaroke mother and child.

 

1907 - Luzi, of the Papago tribe.

1907 - Luzi, of the Papago tribe.

 

1914 - A Qagyuhl woman wears a fringed Chilkat blanket and a mask representing a deceased relative who had been a shaman.

1914 - A Qagyuhl woman wears a fringed Chilkat blanket and a mask representing a deceased relative who had been a shaman.

 

1914 - Hakalahl, a Nakoaktok chief.

1914 - Hakalahl, a Nakoaktok chief.

 

1910 - A Kwakiutl gatherer hunts abalones in Washington.

1910 - A Kwakiutl gatherer hunts abalones in Washington.

 

1910 - Piegan girls gather goldenrod.

1910 - Piegan girls gather goldenrod.

 

1907 - A Qahatika girl.

1907 - A Qahatika girl.

 

 

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