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

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  1. Young Quinault Woman - Edward S. Curtis1

    Young Quinault Woman - 1913

    This image of a young woman was created by Edward Curtis as part of his multi-volume series, "The American Indian". Learn More
  2. Young Man with Face Paint - Wilder

    Young Man with Face Paint - 1903

    A young man in a mixture of traditional and store-bought attire sits solemnly for a portrait. Learn More
  3. Wishram Young Woman - Curtis

    Wishram Young Woman - c. 1910

    This striking portrait in profile of a young Wishram woman was copyrighted by Edward S. Curtis in 1910, and included in his classic work "The North American Indian". Learn More
  4. Wishram Woman - Edward S.Curtis

    Wishram Woman - 1910

    This soft portrait is one of a number taken by photographer Curtis in 1910 when he visited the Wishram people, on the north side of the Columbia near The Dalles. Learn More
  5. Wishram Bride - Curtis

    Wishram Bride - c. 1910

    A young woman shows off her wedding outfit in this photo by Edward S. Curtis. The Wishram people lived on the Washington side of the Columbia at the Dalles. Learn More
  6. Willamette Falls with Fishing Platform - Crawford

    Willamette Falls with Fishing Platform - c. 1890

    Fishing from platforms by Native Americans was coming to an end at the falls at the time this view was created by Crawford in about 1890. Learn More
  7. Wife of Mnainak, Yakima - Curtis

    Wife of Mnainak, Yakima - c. 1910

    The husband of the woman pictured here was Mnainak, described by Curtis as "probably the man of greatest influence among the remnant of the cognate bands that constitute the Yakima." Learn More
  8. Warm Springs Indian Agency - Moorhouse

    Warm Springs Indian Agency - c. 1901

    While this view is not signed, we attribute it to Moorhouse since it so closely resembles some of his other photos. As Indian Agent for the Umatillas, Moorhouse was himself responsible in 1890 for acquiring funds for the school buildings, which make up most of the structures in this photo. Learn More
  9. Walking Along the Tracks above Celilo - Kilburn

    Walking Along the Tracks above Celilo Falls - 1890s

    Two young men, probably brothers, walk along the railroad tracks on the Oregon side of Celilo Falls. Learn More
  10. Wah-nik-noote, Nez Perce - La Roche

    Wah-nik-noote, Nez Perce - 1899

    This view of Wah-nik-noote is one of two captured by Seattle photographer Frank La Roche in 1899. The other, a profile view apparently taken in the same session, is in the University of Washington library. Learn More
  11. Village of the Kalispel - Curtis

    Village of the Kalispel - c. 1910

    This scene was captured by Edward S. Curtis, probably along the Pend Oreille River in eastern Washington, part of the original Kalispel territory and location of the current Kalispel reservation. Learn More
  12. Two Women and a Dog - J. A. McIntire

    Two Women and a Dog - Circa 1890

    There are a lot of patterns present in this studio portrait of two women. While each wears traditional jewelry and the woman on the left has a beaded bag, the fabrics and blankets appear to all be factory made. Learn More
  13. Two of the Old Originals - Palmer

    Two of the Old Originals - c. 1910

    This portrait of an older Native American couple was created by Spokane photographer Frank Palmer in the early part of the twentieth century. Learn More
  14. Two Cultures at Celilo Falls - Culver Pictures

    Two Cultures at Celilo Falls - c. 1895

    Several Native American men and their dog quietly observe their traditional fishing site and the large fish wheel above it, as a worker looks back at them from its deck. Learn More
  15. Tumwater (Celilo) Falls - Crawford

    Tumwater (Celilo) Falls, Columbia River - c. 1885

    Tumwater Falls, the traditional name of the main part of Celilo Falls, on the Columbia River. Learn More
  16. Tule Mat Teepee, Umatilla Reservation - Moorhouse

    Tule Mat Teepee, Umatilla Reservation - c. 1895

    This teepee is covered by traditional tule mats, made from the tule or bulrush, a plant still widespread in wetlands and areas of seasonal flooding. Learn More
  17. Totem Pole at Pioneer Place, Seattle - Webster and Stevens

    Totem Pole at Pioneer Place, Seattle - c. 1909

    The buildings seen here were all built after the great fire of 1889. The Tlingit totem pole was essentially stolen from Alaska by businessmen and placed in the plaza in 1899. Learn More
  18. Three of Spokane Chief Garry's Men - Royal Engineers

    Three of Spokane Chief Garry's Men - c. 1860

    Three of Chief Garry's inner circle, in this early photograph by the Corps of Royal Engineers. Learn More
  19. Three Klamath Men at Discovery Point, Crater Lake - Tibbitts

    Three Klamath Men at Discovery Point, Crater Lake - c. 1908

    This image is from a glass negative created by early Sunset Magazine photographer Howard Tibbits, who visited Crater Lake in about 1908. Learn More
  20. Three Eagles, a Nez Perce - Curtis

    Three Eagles, a Nez Perce - c. 1910

    This dramatic photo of Three Eagles, an associate of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce, was copyrighted by Edward Curtis in 1910. Learn More
  21. The Tule Gatherer - Curtis

    The Tule Gatherer - 1910

    Tule reeds have been gathered at the edges of lakes for millennia along the pacific coast, from northern California to British Columbia. Learn More
  22. The Sewing Machine - Miller

    The Sewing Machine - 1904

    The original title of this view was "The New Home", the brand of sewing machine being used by this unidentified Native American woman. Learn More
  23. 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
  24. The King of the Seas in the Hands of the Makahs - Curtis

    The King of the Seas in the Hands of the Makahs - 1910

    When the Makah in 1855 ceded thousands of acres of land to the government of the United States, they explicitly reserved their right to whale within the Treaty of Neah Bay. This view illustrates the process of beginning to cut up a whale on the shore. Learn More
  25. The Home Guard. On the Columbia - Gifford

    The Home Guard. On the Columbia - c. 1899

    This variation on Gifford's famous "Sunset on the Columbia" features the family's dog, left behind to guard their tepees pitched along the Columbia River. Learn More
  26. The Fish Carrier - Curtis

    The Fish Carrier - c. 1910

    A young Wishram woman pauses at the banks of the Columbia River with her woven fish basket on her back, suspended by a traditional head-strap as shown in detail view 1. Learn More
  27. The Belle of the Yakimas - La Roche

    The Belle of the Yakimas - 1899

    This striking portrait of an unidentified young woman in native dress was created by Seattle photographer Frank La Roche in 1899. Learn More
  28. Stage Stopping at Fort Klamath Indian Agency - Tibbitts

    Stage Stopping at Fort Klamath Indian Agency - c. 1908

    The original Klamath Indian Agency was located about two miles from Fort Klamath, and was thus sometimes referred to as "Fort Klamath Indian Agency", which was the title Howard Tibbitts gave to this photograph. Learn More
  29. Silto, a Quilliute - Curtis

    Silto, a Quilliute - 1913

    About all we know about Silto is that Edward S. Curtis published two photos of him in his multi-volume set, "The North American Indian". Learn More
  30. Shores of Shoalwater (Willapa) Bay - Curtis

    Shores of Shoalwater (Willapa) Bay - 1913

    Shoalwater Bay was an early name for what we now know as Willapa Bay in southwest Washington, separated from the Pacific by Long Beach Peninsula. Learn More
  31. Seasonal Yakima Indian Village at Celilo - Lange

    Seasonal Yakima Indian Village at Celilo - 1939

    Notes with the original photo indicate that this encampment at Celilo was used by members of the Yakima tribe during the salmon fishing season at Celilo Falls. Learn More
  32. Saying Goodbye - The Funeral of Chief Tommy Thompson - Allan de Lay

    Saying Goodbye - The Funeral of Chief Tommy Thompson - 1959

    This solemn photo was taken for the Oregonian by photographer Allan Delay in April of 1959 at the site of the funeral for Chief Tommy Thompson. Learn More
  33. Saying Farewell to Kettle Falls, on the Columbia - Wallace Gamble

    Saying Farewell to Kettle Falls, on the Columbia - 1940

    Headed by Chief Jim James, center, with the beaded vest, these Colville and others give the farewell sign to their traditional fishing grounds at Kettle Falls. Learn More
  34. Preparing Salmon, Wishram - Curtis

    Preparing Salmon, Wishram - c. 1910

    While this Wishram woman is likely preparing salmon for drying for her own family, for centuries the Wishram people dried thousands of pounds of Salmon for trading with other tribes. Learn More
  35. Pop-Kio-Wina (Short Arm) - Gifford

    Pop-Kio-Wina (Short Arm) - 1899

    This studio portrait was taken in The Dalles by Benjamin Gifford in 1899. Learn More
  36. 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
  37. Phillip Wildshoe & Family in their Chalmers Automobile - Palmer

    Phillip Wildshoe & Family in their Chalmers Automobile - 1916

    The Wildshoe family, members of the Coeur D'Alene tribe, go for a ride somewhere near Spokane, Washington. Learn More
  38. Periods of Time - White

    Periods of Time - 1902

    This classic photo of different generations was taken by Oregon amateur photographer Lily White, likely somewhere along the Columbia River. Learn More
  39. Part of Kettle Falls on the Columbia - Corps of Royal Engineers

    Part of Kettle Falls on the Columbia - 1860

    Kettle Falls (Salish: Shonitkwu, meaning "roaring or noisy waters") was an ancient and important salmon fishing site on the upper reaches of the Columbia River, in what is today the U.S. state of Washington. Learn More
  40. 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
  41. Oregon's Indian Madonna - Gifford

    Oregon's Indian Madonna - c. 1905

    Gifford's affection for soft-focus especially lends itself to "Oregon's Indian Madonna", one of his most famous photos. Learn More
  42. Older Wishram Woman - Curtis

    Older Wishram Woman - circa 1910

    This older woman is wearing a traditional woven basket hat as well as a dentalium placed through a piercing in the septum of her nose. Learn More
  43. Older Klickitat Man, Profile - Curtis

    Older Klickitat Man, Profile - c. 1910

    One of two portraits of this unnamed man published in "The North American Indian", both are exercises in simplicity - white hair, weathered skin, and a blanket. Learn More
  44. 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
  45. Old and New in Klamath County - M. S. Stewart Company

    Old and New in Klamath County - c. 1908

    Three local Native American men join the driver of this early, and quite substantial, automobile in a contrast of the traditional and the modern. Learn More
  46. Northern Shoshone or Bannock Couple - Wrensted

    Northern Shoshone or Bannock Couple - c. 1895

    This unknown couple are probably members of the Northern Shoshone or Bannock tribes, based on other photos taken at the time by Benedicte Wrensted. Learn More
  47. My Day at Home. Wa-Ku-Kum - Gifford

    My Day at Home. Wa-Ku-Kum - 1899

    A young woman stands (not very happily) next to her tepee along the south bank of the Columbia River near the Dalles. Learn More
  48. Mother and Son, Likely Nez Perce or Wasco

    Mother and Son, Likely Nez Perce or Wasco - circa 1885

    This studio portrait by an unidentified photographer shows a mother and son in fine ceremonial garb, probably taken somewhere in north-central Oregon. Learn More
  49. Mother and Daughter at Pendleton - Bowman

    Mother and Daughter at Pendleton - c. 1895

    This touching studio portrait was created by Walter Bowman, who for many years operated a photo studio in Pendleton. He often took portraits of people from the nearby Umatilla Reservation. Learn More
  50. Makah Woman Carrying Firewood - Curtis

    Makah Woman Carrying Firewood - 1910

    In this photo by Asahel Curtis, brother of Edward S. Curtis, an elderly Makah woman brings firewood back to her home, somewhere on the northwest corner of the Olympic Peninsula. Learn More

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