These rare and beautiful vintage portraits of Native American girls were taken between the late 1800s and the turn of the 19th Century, yet despite being over a century old, many of them are still surprisingly clear.


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Women were well respected in traditional Native American culture, and although they generally had different roles from men, they often had the same rights as their male counterparts. They usually owned the home along with everything in it, and in some tribes, while the chief was a man, it was the women who were responsible for electing him. Because women's activities were considered central to the welfare of the community, this gave them a certain level of social, political and economic power, and even today approximately 25% of Native American tribes recognised by the federal government of the United States are led by women. (h/t: vintage everyday)

#2 O-o-be, The Kiowas, 1894

O-o-be, The Kiowas, 1894

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Debbie D. 1 year ago

This is one of my favorite photos in this lineup. It's great to see a really old photo with a smile, let alone one showing teeth! I was told that because shutter speeds were slower in the early days of photography that photographers required their subjects to stand still for long periods of time to expose the image to the film negative, hence so many photos from the 1800's to 1900's without smiles in them!

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#3 Native American Girl, 1870-1900

Native American Girl, 1870-1900

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Babs Lionetti 1 year ago

her name is Pretty Flower , my daughter could have been her twin

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#7 Unidentified Native American Girl, Lakota, 1890

Unidentified Native American Girl, Lakota, 1890

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Cesi Baca 1 year ago

Her pipe bone breastplate and bone earrings are awesome. Young girls usually didn't wear things so elaborate. Maybe she was the daughter of someone important.

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#11 Hopi Girl, 1895

Hopi Girl, 1895

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Hisseefit 1 year ago

Must be the inspiration for Princess Leia from Star Wars

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#13 A Young Ute Woman, 1880-1900

A Young Ute Woman, 1880-1900

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Jo Good 1 year ago

I like her "I could be up to something" grin!

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#14 A Kiowa Girl, 1892

A Kiowa Girl, 1892

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Jude 1 year ago

This is the same girl on the left in #15, though she doesn't look the same. In #15, pen has been added which ruined it. I'd never have known it's the same girl except clothing, footwear, belt and jewelry are all the same along with hair. She's beautiful here.

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#15 Pretty Nose, Cheyenne, 1878, By L. A. Huffman

Pretty Nose, Cheyenne, 1878, By L. A. Huffman

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Anita Mohler 1 year ago

These old photos capture the moment and the beauty❤️

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