Film-maker Paul Ratner developed a passion for researching old photographs of indigenous people while making "Moses on the Mesa", a film about a German-Jewish immigrant who fell in love with a Native-American woman and became governor of her tribe of Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico in the late 1800s.


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“What has been most gratifying to me about researching old photos of Native Americans is when the relatives of the people featured in the photos discover them through our popular Facebook page," Ratner told Bored Panda. "Many of them have never seen these photos and are excited to find them. It is also exciting when folks correctly identify the people and the tribes pictured in the photos since the archives or vintage photo auctions often have incorrect or incomplete information. I feel like through this process we are reclaiming some lost history.”

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#1 Minnehaha. 1904

Minnehaha. 1904

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DonnaJohnson 7 months ago

How lovely she is.

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#2 Bone Necklace. Oglala Lakota Chief. 1899. Photo By Heyn Photo

Bone Necklace. Oglala Lakota Chief. 1899. Photo By Heyn Photo

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ChrisMiilu 7 months ago

This man has a sensitive, intelligent face and beautiful hands. This is an example of those who fell victim to the brutality of those who wanted their land. Sensitive face and beautiful hands. This man is an example of those we murdered for land.

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#3 Blackfeet Tribal Camp With Grazing Horses. Montana. Early 1900s. Glass Lantern Slide By Walter Mcclintock

Blackfeet Tribal Camp With Grazing Horses. Montana. Early 1900s. Glass Lantern Slide By Walter Mcclintock

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GordMcgowan 7 months ago

It's bigger than Hartney

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#4 Eagle Arrow. A Siksika Man. Montana. Early 1900s. Glass Lantern Slide By Walter Mcclintock

Eagle Arrow. A Siksika Man. Montana. Early 1900s. Glass Lantern Slide By Walter Mcclintock

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ygraine 7 months ago

He has a face full of wisdom and experience. Love it.

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#5 Blackfeet Girl. Montana. Early 1900s. Glass Lantern Slide By Walter Mcclintock

Blackfeet Girl. Montana. Early 1900s. Glass Lantern Slide By Walter Mcclintock

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CharlesLaster 7 months ago

Astounding in her beauty.

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#6 Chief James A. Garfield. Jicarilla Apache. 1899. Photo By William Henry Jackson

Chief James A. Garfield. Jicarilla Apache. 1899. Photo By William Henry Jackson

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ChrisMiilu 7 months ago

The Apaches were among the fiercest fighters, much feared. Death was meted out slowly and painfully.

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#7 "Painted Tipis Of The Headmen". Blackfeet. Montana. Early 1900s. By Walter Mcclintock

"Painted Tipis Of The Headmen". Blackfeet. Montana. Early 1900s. By Walter Mcclintock

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CuriousCat 7 months ago

Amazing to think this was only 100 years ago..

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#8 Arrowmaker, An Ojibwe Man. 1903

Arrowmaker, An Ojibwe Man. 1903

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CarolMcKenna 7 months ago

Beautful

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#9 "Ringing Bell". 1908. Minnesota. Handpainted Photo Print By Roland W. Reed

"Ringing Bell". 1908. Minnesota. Handpainted Photo Print By Roland W. Reed

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DonnaJohnson 7 months ago

How beautiful our American Indians are and were.

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#10 Handpainted Print Of A Young Woman By The River. Early 1900s. Photo By Roland W. Reed

Handpainted Print Of A Young Woman By The River. Early 1900s. Photo By Roland W. Reed

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GordMcgowan 7 months ago

Loretta in deep thought

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#11 Charles American Horse (the Son Of Chief American Horse). Oglala Lakota. 1901. Photo By William Herman Rau

Charles American Horse (the Son Of Chief American Horse). Oglala Lakota. 1901. Photo By William Herman Rau

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NawaazIbrahim 7 months ago

Real Americans, sad the invaders brutally killed most of them.

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#12 Chief Little Wound And Family. Oglala Lakota. 1899. Photo By Heyn Photo

Chief Little Wound And Family. Oglala Lakota. 1899. Photo By Heyn Photo

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CarolMcKenna 7 months ago

love their clothes

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#13 Cheyenne Chief Wolf Robe. Color Halftone Reproduction Of A Painting From A F. A. Rinehart Photograph. 1898

Cheyenne Chief Wolf Robe. Color Halftone Reproduction Of A Painting From A F. A. Rinehart Photograph. 1898

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SueLitleton 7 months ago

The Cheyenne were the Indian's Indian -- their ethics, beliefs, and philosophical ideas were greatly honored by the other Indian tribes.

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#14 ”In Summer”. Kiowa. 1898. Photo By F.a. Rinehart

”In Summer”. Kiowa. 1898. Photo By F.a. Rinehart

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CarolMcKenna 7 months ago

Beautiful

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#15 “Songlike”, A Pueblo Man, 1899. Photo By F.a. Rinehart

“Songlike”, A Pueblo Man, 1899. Photo By F.a. Rinehart

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ChrisMiilu 7 months ago

Visited the Pueblo Indian reservation in New Mexico. Amazing place with a burial ground in the mountains above it.