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All photos included here are in the Public Domain (PD) in the United States of America unless noted otherwise. Western photographers are noted in the Players (if I have a workable date for them) [LOC = Library of Congress]. Nothing in the way of enhancement has been done to these photographs they are as originally produced.

 Souix girl by teepee - Indian Photos
Oglala Lakota
c. 1891
Sioux Girl by Tipi – John C. H. Grabill LOC


Red Cloud and American Horse - Indian Photos
Red Cloud and American Horse
Photo: U.S. PD – John C. H. Grabill, LOC


Plenty Horses - Indian Photos
Plenty Horses
Note this handsome young warrior in the Old West Daily Reader header.
Photo: U.S. PD – John C.H. Grabill, LOC


Black Elk and family - Indian Photos
Black Elk
and Family
Photo U.S. PD – John C.H. Grabill,  LOC


Little - Indian Photos

Little, Ogalala Sioux
Photo: U.S. PD 1890 – John C.H. Grabill – LOC


Navajo at Ft. Defiance - Indian Photos

Photo: U.S. PD – Timothy H. O’Sullivan, LOC



"Villa of Brulé" (1891) - Indian Photos
Brulé tipi camp near Pine Ridge.
White Clay Creek watering hole in the foreground.
“Villa of Brulé” (1891) John C.H. Grabill  LOC


Pah-Ute Indians - Indian Photos
Group of Pah-ute Indians (NV)  Timothy H. O’Sullivan – LOC
Taken during the West of the 100th Meridian Expedition (1871-73)

Wk 2, 01/14/1882 – 100th Meridian Expedition


Little Big Man - Indian Photos
Little Big Man
Photo: U.S. PD pre-1923, Timothy H. O’Sullivan – LOC
(ID correction by Mike Long {007)


Apache Prisoners - Indian Photos
Nueces River, Tex: Chiricahua Apache prisoners
being sent to Fort Marion, FL on the UP RR.
Only the men, the women were sent to Fort Pickens (1886)
(Geronimo, fourth from left, front)


 Chief Ouray & Chipeta - Indian Photos
Tabeguache Ute Chief Ouray and his wife Chipeta
Photo: U.S. PD LOC, 1865-1880 Mathew Brady & Levin Corbin Handy

Wk. 46, 11/13/1833 – Chief Ouray
Wk. 34, 08/24/1880 – Chief Ouray
Quotes Index – Indian Quotes – about Ouray [3]



Pine River Store - 1890 - Indian Photos
Pine River Store on the Southern Ute Reservation c. 1890
Photo: U.S. PD Courtesy of the Utah historical society classified photo collection.


Ouray's Bones - Indian PhotosUte Chiefs Buckskin Charlie (R) and John McCook (L)
with the bones of Chief Ouray at the re-internment in 1925 with full ceremony
in the cemetery at Ignacio, CO.
Photo: U.S. PD, Colorado State Archives – photographer unknown


Chiefs - Indian PhotosThis delegation of Arapaho, Cheyenne and Kiowa Chiefs visited Denver, CO (09/28/1864) Photo: PD, Charles William Carter
Black Kettle, front, second from left.







Indians hauling wheat - Indian Photos
Indian teams hauling  the 1100 bushels of wheat raised by the school, 60 miles to market.
Seger Colony, Oklahoma Territory, c. 1900
Photo: U.S. P.D. pre-1923 – U.S. Gov.


Nambe O-Ween-Ge - Indian Photos

Nambe O-Ween-Ge Pueblo Woman


Hoxie Simmons - Indian PhotosThis mustachioed fellow is Hoxie Simmons, a Rogue River Indian c. 1870
Photo: U.S. PD

Wk. 44, 10/31/1855 –


Disputed Crazy Horse photo - Indian Photos

Crazy Horse ? This tintype image, which surfaced in 1956, was in the possession of the family of Baptiste “Little Bat” Garnier who had been an Indian scout for the U.S. Army. First published in: With Crook at the Rosebud (1956) by J. W. Vaughn and again some decades later. It now resides in The Custer Battlefield Museum in Garryowen, MT, who identifies it as genuine. Hardly anyone else, among a broad spectrum of experts, agrees with their assessment. There are far too many doubts, about too many issues, with this photograph. Perhaps the two worst being: 1. The Indian regalia appears to date from more like 1887 than 1877. 2. Although at least four well known photographers passed through Fort Robinson that year (1877), none used this back ground, nor did they ever offer this picture. There is no provenance* what-so-ever, to show that this could be Crazy Horse.
Look it up. Crazy Horse, like Ute Chief Ouray went to some lengths to prevent the location of his grave being known. Ouray was recovered and reburied by his people (see photo above). I do not think this will happen with Crazy Horse. Photo: U.S. PD c. 1887 unknown.

Crazy Horse sketch 1934 - Indian PhotosThere is a sketch, in the possession of descendants of Crazy Horse, which was made in 1934 by a Mormon missionary directed by his sister. Alleged to have have been a good likeness. Said to have been presented once in a TV show. It is likely a copyrighted** item. As this is a discussion on Crazy Horse and the authenticity of these items I claim “fair use” here, to present a copy of the sketch.   {001}
see also:
*OWDR Site Guide – Provenance
**OWDR Site Guide – Copyright Issues“New” picture discussion


The Modoc War – 1872-73

Modoc Stronghold - Indian PhotosFrank and Toby Riddle and others - Indian Photos

The woodcut on the left is “The Modoc’s in Their Stronghold” 1873. The photo, right: U.S. PD by Eadweard Muybridge in 1873. The back row, from the right; Frank Riddle, his wife Winema (Toby Riddle); an unidentified man and the four unidentified Modoc women in front. The Riddle’s were both interperters and made a considerable contribution to the peacekeeping attempt. Toby Riddle received a military pension from the U.S. Congress in recognition of her work. Look up the entire debacle, it’s very typical of white man – Indian relations.

Modoc War body recovery - Indian PhotosA woodcut, “Soldiers Recovering the Bodies of the Slain
Harper’s Weekly 05/03/1873

PLAYERS – Timelines – Timelines A-L – Indian Wars TimelineModoc War Timeline
Wk. 40, 10/03/1873 –  included in the Timeline – includes an economic assessment of the war…


Shoshone Tipis - Indian Photos“Shoshoni Skin Tipies” 1870 Photo: U.S. PD, Wm. H. Jackson


Salish “Wool” Dog

Salish wool dog - extinct - Indian PhotosPrized by the Salish coast Indians for their fur, these little dogs were kept separate from other village dogs to preserve the white coat and hair length and sheared like sheep every spring. The fibre was spun for traditional blanket weaving.  The availability of Hudson Bay trade blankets, inexpensive sheep wool, and the interbreeding of woolly dogs with other breeds all contributed to the extinction of the breed.
Coast Salish peoples are a group of ethnically and linguistically related Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast, living in British Columbia, Canada and the states of Washington and Oregon in the United States. They speak one of the Coast Salish languages. A loose grouping of many tribes with numerous distinct cultures and languages. The Tillamook or Nehalem around Tillamook, Oregon are the southernmost of the Coast Salish peoples.


Assiniboine Buffalo Robe

Buffalo Robe - Doc- - Indian PhotosLikely dating to the 1850-60’s.
This fine old robe was purchased in a sale of items from an unpaid storage unit in Colorado.
More than that is unknown at this time…
Photo: © 2016 – Doc, sorry, it’s not my robe.


Little Big Horn  Illustration Hide

Little Big Horn Hide Illustration - Indian PhotosPhoto: U.S. PD, unknown

A few painting from George Catlin (1796 – 1872)

Buffalo Bulls Back Fat - George Catlin - Indian PhotosStu-mick-o-súcks [Buffalo Bull’s Back Fat]
George Catlin (1832) Photo and painting U.S. PD
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Widely considered to be Catlin’s best work.

Attacking the Grizzly Bear - George Catlin - Indian PhotosAttacking the Grizzly Bear
George Catlin (1844) Photo and Painting U.S. PD – via Wikipedia

Ball play of the Choctaw Ball Up- George - Indian PhotosBall players - George - Indian Photos







  LH – Ball Players [Lacrosse players] (Lithograph, date unknown)
RH – Ball-Play of the Chocktaw–Ball Up (c. 1846-50)

George Catlin Photos and Paintings U.S. PD via Wikipedia

for other Indian games see:
References – DictionaryHandgame,  Snow Snake
See also:
Wk. 30, 07/29/1796 – George Catlin
Wk.51, 12/23/1872 – George Catlin


White Wolf - Chippewa - Indian Photos

White Wolf – Chippewa
said to have lived to 137 years old

barbed wire - Indian PhotosEnd: Indian Photos

{001} C02/20; E 12/11: F 12/11; P 02/20

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