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

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Goose, Arikara Scout, with Custer at Little Bighorn - David F. Barry

    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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. Innocence, a Umatilla Girl - Curtis

    Innocence, a Umatilla Girl - 1910

    The clothes worn by this young girl appear to be her own, as evidenced by their stains and her toe peeking through one moccasin. Learn More
  23. Jennie Michel, "The Last of her Tribe"

    Jennie Michel, "The Last of her Tribe" - 1905

    Jennie Michel, a well-known (and often photographed) Clatsop basket weaver, was sometimes referred to as "The Last of her Tribe", though others of the Clatsop lineage outlived her. Learn More
  24. Kalispel Couple in Traditional Dress - Royal Engineers

    Kalispel Couple, Wearing Traditional Dress - c. 1861

    This early portrait by the Royal Engineers, and others in its series, are notable as they are some of the first photographs made of Northwest Native Americans. Learn More
  25. 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
  26. Light House Joe, a Makah, on Neah Bay - Curtis

    Light House Joe, a Makah, on Neah Bay - 1910

    This view by Asahel Curtis shows Light House Joe posing next to his canoe with his hand-made wooden harpoon and sealskin buoys. Learn More
  27. 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
  28. Makah Indian Basket Weavers - Curtis

    Makah Indian Basket Weavers - 1910

    Asahel Curtis, brother of the more well-known Edward S. Curtis, also produced photos of Native Americans - often focusing on the Makah tribe in northwest Washington. Learn More
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
  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. 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
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. 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
  48. 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
  49. 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
  50. 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

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