1800s-1900s Portraits Of Native American Teen Girls Show Their Unique Beauty And Style (15+ Pics)

I love love love seeing historical/archival photos of people who are not white Christian Europeans 🙂

this is my fave from the source, tho.

You have no fucking idea how much i love you for the sources.

The caption for the smiley gal up above is “#O-o-be, The Kiowas, 1894”. Come on, if you’re gonna reblog the image, at least give her name and tribe! She’s even got her name on her blanket! Also OMG she’s wearing an elk tooth dress…Having a dad who could gather THAT MANY elk teeth was a sign of high prestige for plains natives, girl’s got bling! I love the rest of the outfit too!

Kiowas Tribe. 1894.



Storage Chest, Metropolitan Museum of Art: Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Medium: Wood, paint

Cedar storage chest was made by Tlingit artists from the southeast region of Alaska in the late 19th century



Gertrude Three Finger, Cheyenne by William E. Irwin (1871-1935)

The Cheyenne are one of the indigenous people of the Great Plains
and their language is of the Algonquian language family. The Cheyenne
comprise two Native American tribes, the Só’taeo’o or Só’taétaneo’o and
the Tsétsêhéstâhese. These tribes merged in the early 19th century.