These Photos Show The Daily Life Of Native Americans Over 100 Years Ago
In 1906, Curtis was financed by J.P. Morgan who wanted to fund a documentary expedition to capture the lives and memories of indigenous tribal people. With Morgan's support, Curtis spent 20 years traveling the North American continent and captured 40,000 images of 80 different tribes.
These are 12 of his best photos.
Nakoaktok dancers wear Hamatsa masks in a ritual, 1914
Piegan chiefs, 1900
A Maricopa woman, 1907
Okuwa-Tsire, also known as "Cloud Bird," of the San Ildefonso Pueblo, 1905
A Maricopa woman with arrow-brush stalks. 1907
An Apsaroke shaman, 1908
A Cahuilla woman, 1924
A Kwakiutl chief's daughter, 1910
A Kutenai duck hunter, 1910
Medicine Crow, of the Apsaroke tribe, 1908
A Wishran girl, 1910
Nesjaja Hatali, Navajo medicine man, 1904
Members of the Qagyuhl tribe dance to restore an eclipsed moon, 1910