Studio Portraits of American Indians by Alexander Gardner From the 1860s

Alexander Gardner (1821–1882) was a photographer best known for his portraits of President Abraham Lincoln, his American Civil War photographs, and his photographs of American Indian delegations. Gardner emigrated from Scotland to the United States in 1856 and worked at the New York City studio of Mathew Brady, coming into contact with numerous politicians andContinue reading “Studio Portraits of American Indians by Alexander Gardner From the 1860s”

Stunning Portraits of Young Navajo Boy, ca. 1907

These photographs were taken in 1905 or 1907 by photographer Carl Everton Moon (1879–1948). According to the Huntington Library, Carl Moon’s title read “Navajo Boy. Che-bah-nah.” There is conflicting information about the identity of the individual depicted. According to the Huntington Library, the man is Diné (Navajo), and the word “Bi-yazh” is transcribed from theContinue reading “Stunning Portraits of Young Navajo Boy, ca. 1907”

Assimilate or Die: 14 Vintage Portraits of Native Americans Dressed in European Attire in the Early 20th Century

Forced assimilation is a process of forced cultural assimilation of religious or ethnic minority groups, into an established and generally larger community. This presumes a loss of many characteristics which make the minority different. The Native Americans suffered both ethnic and religious assimilation. The assimilation process took place between the years 1790 and 1920. GeorgeContinue reading “Assimilate or Die: 14 Vintage Portraits of Native Americans Dressed in European Attire in the Early 20th Century”

30 Amazing Portraits of Maori Women With Their Traditional Chin Tattoos From the Early 20th Century

For New Zealand Maori women, the moko kauae, or traditional female chin tattoo, is considered a physical manifestation of their true identity. It is believed every Maori woman wears a moko on the inside, close to their heart; when they are ready, the tattoo artist simply brings it out to the surface. The Maori areContinue reading “30 Amazing Portraits of Maori Women With Their Traditional Chin Tattoos From the Early 20th Century”

37 Vintage Portraits of Ainu Women From Northern Japan With Their Traditional Tattooed Lips during the 1900s

Ainu means human. The Ainu people regard things useful to them or beyond their control as kamuy (gods). In daily life, they prayed to and performed various ceremonies for the gods. These gods include: “nature” gods, such as of fire, water, wind and thunder; “animal” gods, such as of bears, foxes, spotted owls and gram-puses;Continue reading “37 Vintage Portraits of Ainu Women From Northern Japan With Their Traditional Tattooed Lips during the 1900s”