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

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. Landing a Salmon at The Dalles - Herrin

    Landing a Salmon at The Dalles - 1890s

    A rare early "live action" shot of dip-net fishing at The Dalles. Learn More
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  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. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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

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