Native Americans - Fine Art Prints of Historical Photos from the Pacific Northwest

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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Indian Petroglyphs Near The Dalles - Markham

    Indian Petroglyphs Near The Dalles #3 - c. 1925

    Based in The Dalles, photographer Markham captured many images of local petroglyphs. This image shows a sun, two crescent moons, and a man. Learn More
  11. Indian Petroglyphs Near The Dalles #4 - Markham

    Indian Petroglyphs Near The Dalles #4 - c. 1925

    This image of petroglyphs was captured by Benjamin Markham in Petroglyph Canyon on the north side of the Columbia River. Learn More
  12. Indian Petroglyphs Near The Dalles #5 - Markham

    Indian Petroglyphs Near The Dalles #5 - c. 1925

    Some petroglyph images are hard to identify; the main figure here is pretty clearly a deer, with what appears to be the sun behind it. Learn More
  13. Indian Petroglyphs Near Wishram, Washington - Markham

    Indian Petroglyphs Near Wishram, Washington - c. 1925

    We attribute this photo of an intricate petroglyph to Benjamin Markham. Though unsigned, it is similar in presentation to his other real photo postcards. Learn More
  14. Klamath Woman - Curtis

    Klamath Woman - 1923

    This photo of a Klamath woman may have been taken earlier, but was published in 1923 in Volume 13 of Curtis' "The North American Indian". Learn More
  15. Klamath Woman Grinding Wokas - Curtis

    Klamath Woman Grinding Wokas - c. 1923

    Wokas, the seed of a type of water lily, are an important traditional food for the Klamath people of southern Oregon. Learn More
  16. Little Chief - Markham

    Little Chief - c. 1928

    Benjamin Markham was partial to scenic views and portraits of Native Americans taken at his studio in The Dalles. He created a series of papoose photos, of which "Little Chief" is likely the best known. Learn More
  17. Old Klamath Woman - Curtis

    Old Klamath Woman - 1923

    This photo of a woman who has seen much was published in 1923 as part of Edward S. Curtis' masterpiece, "The North American Indian". Learn More
  18. Papoose Weeps in his Calcleeps - Markham

    Papoose Weeps in his Calcleeps - c. 1928

    Early photographers often created pairs of photos of babies - one happy and one sad. This view pairs with Markham's photograph titled "Little Chief". Learn More
  19. Picture Writings Near The Dalles - Union Pacific

    Picture Writings Near The Dalles - 1928

    This photo shows Silas (Si) Allen, an amateur archeologist who here is pointing out some details on a Columbia River area petroglyph. Learn More
  20. The Scout at Crater Lake - Harwood

    The Scout at Crater Lake - c. 1925

    This image is a detail from a wider panoramic print by photographer Burhl Harwood. Learn More

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