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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#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 1 year 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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#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 1 year ago

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

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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 1 year 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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#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 1 year ago

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

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