Native Americans - Fine Art Prints of Historical Photos

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  1. A Klamath Chief at Crater Lake - Curtis

    A Klamath Chief at Crater Lake - c. 1923

    This view by Edward Curtis shows a Klamath chief in a ceremonial headdress looking out across Crater Lake, probably the most important site in the Klamath territory. Learn More
  2. A Nez Perce Canoe - Curtis

    A Nez Perce Canoe - 1910

    Each region created their own canoe designs based on tradition and available materials. This view shows a Nez Perce version, carved out of a single cedar log. Learn More
  3. A Proud Father with his Daughter - Cummings

    A Proud Father with his Daughter - c. 1890

    Taken by photographer E. G. Cummings of Lewiston, Idaho, this cabinet card view shows a Native American father, likely Nez Perce, proudly holding his daughter. Learn More
  4. Very Small Boy with Prosthetic Hand - Bowman

    A Very Small Boy, with a Prosthetic Hand - 1890s

    This early Bowman portrait features a very small Native American boy with a prosthetic hand, standing on a wicker chair. Learn More
  5. An Old-timer of Celilo - Markham

    An Old-timer of Celilo - c. 1925

    The weathered face of this unidentified older man tells us a lot, in this portrait by Oregon postcard photographer Benjamin Markham. Learn More
  6. At Home with the Dogs, near Ceililo - Kilburn

    At Home with the Dogs, near Celilo Falls - 1890s

    The original stereoview refers to this modest dwelling as a "wigwam". Built from varied materials, it provides shelter for this family group - perhaps a father and his two sons. Learn More
  7. Celilo Falls on the Columbia - Gifford

    Celilo Falls on the Columbia - 1900

    This view of three men looking over Celilo Falls is one of Benjamin Gifford's better-known photos, and rightly so. Learn More
  8. Chief Charlot, Flathead Reservation - Forsyth

    Chief Charlot, Flathead Reservation - 1908

    Known for his scenic Montana stereoviews, photographer Forsyth created this portrait shortly before Charlot's death in 1910. Charlot led the struggle for his people to remain in the Bitter Root Valley. Learn More
  9. Chief Charlot, Salish

    Chief Charlot, Salish - 1907

    Charlot was head chief of the Bitterroot Salish, sometimes known as the Flatheads, from the time of his father's death in 1870 until his own death in 1910. Learn More
  10. Chief Joseph, Nez Perce - Gill

    Chief Joseph, Nez Perce - 1900

    This portrait of Chief Joseph was taken when he visited Washington, DC, in April of 1900. Learn More
  11. Chief Joseph, Nez Perce - Curtis

    Chief Joseph, Nez Perce - c. 1903

    This portrait of Chief Joseph was copyrighted in 1903 by Edward S. Curtis. It was likely taken when Chief Joseph visited Curtis in November of 1903 at his studio in Seattle. Learn More
  12. Chief Tommy Thompson and his Wife Flora, Feast of the First Salmon

    Chief Tommy Thompson and his Wife Flora, Feast of the First Salmon - 1945

    In 1945, Chief Tommy Thompson was ninety years old; his last wife, Flora, was forty-seven. Learn More
  13. Chief Tommy Thompson, Age 98

    Chief Tommy Thompson, Age 98 - 1954

    Tommy Thompson served as Chief at Celilo from about 1906 until his death in 1959, two years after the loss of Celilo Falls. Learn More
  14. Chinook Lodge - Agate

    Chinook Lodge - circa 1842

    This view is reproduced from an engraving published in the 1845 "Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition", led by Charles Wilkes. Learn More
  15. Colville Couple, with Winchester Rifle and River Otter Pelt

    Colville Couple, with Winchester Rifle and River Otter Pelt - c. 1895

    A couple poses outside their log house in ceremonial garb, including a breastplate worn by the man. Learn More
  16. Colville Mother and Child - Royal Engineers

    Colville Mother and Child - c. 1860

    This very early photo of a Colville mother and her infant child was taken by the Corps of Royal Engineers, likely near Spokane. Learn More
  17. County Road Crew Near Hoodsport - Mitchell

    County Road Crew Near Hoodsport - c. 1895

    At first glance this group portrait appears to be a very diverse logging crew, but a second look reveals that in addition to saws and peaveys, many shovels and grub hoes are visible. Learn More
  18. Daughter of the Wild - Haran

    Daughter of the Wild - 1907

    This evocative study of a young woman was created by James Haran, an award-winning Portland amateur photographer. Learn More
  19. Dip Netting for Lamprey at the Dalles - Bertram C. Towne

    Dip Netting for Lamprey at the Dalles - c. 1887

    The lamprey is an ancient fish, which like the salmon returns from several years in the ocean to spawn in fresh-water rivers. Learn More
  20. Dormitory at Chemawa Indian School - Crawford

    Dormitory at Chemawa Indian School - c. 1890

    This dormitory was one of the first buildings completed at Chemawa Indian School when it moved from Forest Grove to the Salem area in 1885. Learn More
  21. Drummers, Feast of the First Salmon, Celilo

    Drummers, Feast of the First Salmon, Celilo - 1945

    Five elder drummers play for the worship dance before the meal is served at the Feast of the First Salmon, April 22, 1945. Learn More
  22. Dryers and Indian Tents at Big Hop Ranch - Frank La Roche

    Dryers and Indian Tents at Big Hop Ranch - c. 1898

    According to the previous owner of the original print for this image, Big Hop Ranch was located on a flat between Snoqualmie and North Bend, Washington, and included over 300 acres of hops. Learn More
  23. Early Tepee and Canoe, Pend Oreille River - Royal Engineers

    Early Tepee and Canoe, Pend Oreille River - c. 1860

    A bark canoe and a reed-mat covered tepee sit across the Pend Oreille River from the British Northwest Boundary Commission's encampment near the Canadian border. Learn More
  24. Edna Kash-kash, Cayuse tribe - Moorhouse

    Edna Kash-kash, Cayuse tribe - 1890s

    One of a large number of portraits taken by Major Lee Moorhouse at the Umatilla Reservation, this photo of Edna Kash-kash shows her in front of her reed-mat tepee. Learn More
  25. Feast of the First Salmon, Celilo Village

    Feast of the First Salmon, Celilo Village - 1945

    Reportedly over 400 people participated in the festivities for the Feast of the First Salmon, held in the longhouse at Celilo Village on the Oregon side of the Columbia. Learn More
  26. Fish Hawk, War Chief of the Cayuses - Moorhouse

    Fish Hawk, War Chief of the Cayuses - 1903

    Major Lee Moorhouse created a number of portraits of Chief Fish Hawk, including this striking closeup. Our reproduction is made from a large print - the original glass plate is in the University of Oregon collection. Learn More
  27. Fishing at Willamette Falls - Drayton

    Fishing at Willamette Falls - c. 1842

    This engraving is taken from the five-volume set (plus an atlas) "Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition", by Charles Wilkes, published in 1845. Learn More
  28. Fishing for Salmon at Celilo Falls - Kilburn

    Fishing for Salmon at Celilo Falls - 1890s

    Two young men fish for salmon at Celilo, with their catch and some of their implements displayed in the foreground. Learn More
  29. Fishing for Salmon at Celilo Falls - Lee

    Fishing for Salmon at Celilo Falls - 1941

    Taken as part of a U. S. Farm Security Administration project, this comparatively recent photo shows two Native American men working a dip net on their slippery platform. Learn More
  30. Fishing for Salmon at Celilo Falls 2 - Lee

    Fishing for Salmon at Celilo Falls 2 - 1941

    In this comparatively recent photo taken by government photographer Russell Lee, we see an individual fisherman using a dip net to capture salmon at Celilo Falls. Learn More
  31. Fishing with a Dip-net at Celilo Falls

    Fishing with a Dip-net at Celilo Falls - 1942

    This dramatic photo shows the size of some of the dip-nets used to catch salmon at Celilo Falls on the Columbia River. Learn More
  32. Fishing, Old and New, at Celilo Falls - Patterson

    Fishing, Old and New, at Celilo Falls - 1910s

    This fishing photo shows two methods of taking salmon at the falls. Learn More
  33. Flathead Man, Profile- Curtis

    Flathead Man, Profile - c. 1910

    One of at least two photos published by Curtis of this unidentified older man in The North American Indian, a monumental multi-volume work. Learn More
  34. Four Northern Shoshone & Bannock Men - Wrensted

    Four Northern Shoshone & Bannock Men - c. 1895

    The two standing men in this photo are identified: Jack Edmo, a Northern Shoshone, is on the left, and Joe Warren, a Bannock, is on the right. Learn More
  35. Gaffing for Salmon at Celilo Falls - Prentiss

    Gaffing for Salmon at Celilo Falls - 1921

    Sometimes called "Spearing for Salmon", this popular view shows the use of the gaff hook - a sharp hook at the end of a long pole, used to stab the fish and then lift it to shore. Learn More
  36. Modoc Chief Kintpuash (Captain Jack)

    Goose, Arikara Scout, with Custer at Little Bighorn - circa 1885

    Goose was one of about fifty Native American scouts, most from the Arikara tribe, who served with the Seventh Cavalry at the time of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Learn More
  37. Happy Papoose - Markham

    Happy Papoose - c. 1925

    Yet another papoose image by Benjamin Markham of The Dalles, this view shows a laughing baby in a wonderfully detailed cradle board. Learn More
  38. Henry Thompson, Son of Chief Tommy Thompson - Markham

    Henry Thompson, Son of Chief Tommy Thompson - c. 1925

    Titled simply as "An Oregon Indian" by photographer Benjamin Markham, the subject is identified as Henry Thompson in an exhibit at Oregon's High Desert Museum. Learn More
  39. Hleastunuh, a Skokomish Woman - Curtis

    Hleastunuh, a Skokomish Woman - 1913

    We know little about Hleastunuh besides her name. Her striking image, captured here by Curtis, contrasts the textures of her own hair and weathered skin with a woven mat she wears as a garment. Learn More
  40. Hoo-sis-mox-mox (Yellow Hair), Chief of the Palouse - Moorhouse

    Hoo-sis-mox-mox (Yellow Hair), Chief of the Palouse - 1900

    Hoo-sis-mox-mox was selected by the Palouse people to become chief in 1886 after chief Big Thunder died. Learn More
  41. Hoop Dancer at Molalla Buckaroo - Rothstein

    Hoop Dancer at Molalla Buckaroo - 1936

    The Molalla Buckaroo has been a continuing tradition for a century, beginning in 1913 when the railroad came to town. Learn More
  42. Hop Pickers, Near Skokomish Reservation

    Hop Pickers, Near Skokomish Reservation - c. 1900

    We don't know the names of these women or their daughters, but they are typical of many residents of the Skokomish Reservation who worked in nearby hop fields at the turn of the last century. Learn More
  43. In the Forest - Curtis

    In the Forest - 1923

    A Klamath man in traditional garb sits quietly in front of a Ponderosa pine, probably in the Klamath Basin. Learn More
  44. Indian Camp at the Head of the Dalles - Watkins

    Indian Camp at the Head of the Dalles - 1867

    Seen from the Washington side of the Columbia, a modest dwelling overlooks the head of the Dalles, where the river narrows on the far side heading downstream to the right. Learn More
  45. Indian Carvings on Rocks Near Big Slough - Vail

    Indian Carvings on Rocks Near Big Slough - 1905

    This photo was taken in what we now know as Petroglyph Canyon, located in south central Washington State near Columbia Hills State Park. Learn More
  46. Indian Encampment, Dalles of the Columbia - Royal Engineers

    Indian Encampment, Dalles of the Columbia - 1860

    The patchwork coverings on the tepees shown in this May 1860 photo make you wonder how much more shelter their inhabitants had in the middle of winter. Learn More
  47. Indian House, Colville - National Photo Company

    Indian House, Colville - circa 1910

    This quiet photograph, probably taken on the Colville Reservation, feels much like a still-life in its arrangement of buildings, tepees, and a wagon. Learn More
  48. Indian Maid with Beaded Leather Bag - Markham

    Indian Maid with Beaded Leather Bag - c. 1925

    This unidentified young woman from The Dalles displays a beautiful beaded leather bag - perhaps created by her own hands. Learn More
  49. Indian Petroglyphs Near The Dalles - Markham

    Indian Petroglyphs Near The Dalles #1 - c. 1925

    Part of a series of petroglyph photos by Markham, this view consists mostly of game animals, with what appears to be a stylized sun and a bird near the bottom. Learn More
  50. Indian Petroglyphs Near The Dalles #2 - Markham

    Indian Petroglyphs Near The Dalles #2 - c. 1925

    This ornate petroglyph was captured by Markham as part of a series of photos he took in the 1920s, three decades before many of these images were submerged by the filling of the Dalles Dam. Learn More

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