The Native Americans faced much battle and strife during the 1700s and 1800s, but there is little photographic evidence about their way of life at the start of the 1900s. Thankfully, well-known photographer at the time, Edward S. Curtis, was able to raise money for a documentary project to do just this. From the period from 1900 to 1924, Mr. Curtis took over 40,000 images of 80 different tribes throughout the continental U.S. Here are a few of our favorite photos from his collection.
Three chiefs from the Sioux tribe prepare for a meeting.
Chiefs from the Piegan tribe visit a watering hole.
A group of Navajo tribesmen travel across the Canyon de Chelly in Arizona
Rare Photos of the American Indian, 1900-1924