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. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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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