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.

“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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

Too bad we don't know who she is

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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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

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#16 Walks-in-the-water (soya-wa-awachkai) And Her Baby Koumiski (round Face). Siksika. Montana. Ear

Walks-in-the-water (soya-wa-awachkai) And Her Baby Koumiski (round Face). Siksika. Montana. Ear

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

Adorable!

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#17 Amos Two Bulls. Lakota. Photo By Gertrude Käsebier

Amos Two Bulls. Lakota. Photo By Gertrude Käsebier

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LuluArtistika 2 years ago

Handsome

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#18 She Who Travels In The Sky. Ojibwe. 1908. Photo By Roland Reed

She Who Travels In The Sky. Ojibwe. 1908. Photo By Roland Reed

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ChrisMiilu 2 years ago

"The Chippewa Indians, also known as the Ojibway or Ojibwe, lived mainly in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Ontario. They speak a form of the Algonquian language and were closely related to the Ottawa and Potawatomi Indians. The Chippewas were allies of the French and French traders often married Chippewa women. Chippewa warriors fought with the French against the British in the French and Indian War. But political alliances changed with the times. During the American Revolution the Chippewas sided with the British against the Americans. "

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#19 Northern Plains Man On An Overlook. Montana. Early 1900s. Hand-colored Photo By Roland W. Reed

Northern Plains Man On An Overlook. Montana. Early 1900s. Hand-colored Photo By Roland W. Reed

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

I feel like I'm there!

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#20 Blackfeet Children (including "sa-ko-uka-etsusin"). Montana. Early 1900s. Glass Lantern Slide B

Blackfeet Children (including "sa-ko-uka-etsusin"). Montana. Early 1900s. Glass Lantern Slide B

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

I feel like I'm actually there!

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#21 Mrs. Bad Gun. 1879. Cheyenne. Photo By L.a.huffman

Mrs. Bad Gun. 1879. Cheyenne. Photo By L.a.huffman

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ChrisMiilu 2 years ago

The Cheyenne were fierce warriors, and they had a very strong culture. They learned to read and write.

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#22 Handpainted Print Depicting Five Riders Going Downhill In Montana. Early 1900s. Photo By Roland W. Reed

Handpainted Print Depicting Five Riders Going Downhill In Montana. Early 1900s. Photo By Roland W. Reed

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ChrisMiilu 2 years ago

" The Crow are a northern Plains tribe, famous for their expert horsemanship and especially long hair. The Crow tribe are now mostly located on a reservation south of Billings, Montana. Some historians believe the early home of the Crow-Hidatsa ancestral tribe was near the headwaters of the Mississippi River in either northern Minnesota or Wisconsin; others place them in the Winnipeg area of Manitoba. Later the people moved to the Devil's Lake region of North Dakota before the Crow split from the Hidatsa and moved westward. The Crow were largely pushed Westward by the intrusion and influx of the Sioux, the Sioux being pushed West themselves by American expansion. Once established in Montana and Wyoming, the Crow eventually divided into two groups: the Mountain Crow and River Crow. --The Crow had more horses than any other Plains tribe; in 1914 they numbered approximately thirty to forty thousand head "

#23 Si Wa Wata Wa. A Zuni Elder. New Mexico. 1903. Photo By Edward S. Curtis

Si Wa Wata Wa. A Zuni Elder. New Mexico. 1903. Photo By Edward S. Curtis

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SueLitleton 2 years ago

What a marvelous face, filled with nobility and character.

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#24 A Blackfoot Couple. Montana. Early 1900s. Glass Lantern Slide By Walter Mcclintock

A Blackfoot Couple. Montana. Early 1900s. Glass Lantern Slide By Walter Mcclintock

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

Look at all that turquoise!!

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#25 "Coming Running". Blackfeet Woman With Children. Montana. Early 1900s. Glass Lantern Slide By W

"Coming Running". Blackfeet Woman With Children. Montana. Early 1900s. Glass Lantern Slide By W

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DerekRichardson 2 years ago

What a beautiful smile!

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#26 Ojibwe Woman. Early 1900s. Photo By Roland Reed

Ojibwe Woman. Early 1900s. Photo By Roland Reed

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

This would make a wonderful painting!

#27 Piegan Couple. Ca. 1890-1910. Glacier National Park, Montana. Colorized Photo/postcard

Piegan Couple. Ca. 1890-1910. Glacier National Park, Montana. Colorized Photo/postcard

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Patricia Shelton 2 years ago

Beautiful!

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#28 Night-herder On Lookout Butte Overlooking Old Man's River. Blackfeet. Montana. Early 1900s. Gla

Night-herder On Lookout Butte Overlooking Old Man's River. Blackfeet. Montana. Early 1900s. Gla

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Pauline Lloyd 1 year ago

Stunning.

#29 Red Stripe Tipi And The Thunder Tipi. Siksika Camp. Montana. Early 1900s

Red Stripe Tipi And The Thunder Tipi. Siksika Camp. Montana. Early 1900s

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XamMacias 2 years ago

Amazing!

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#30 Blackfeet Family. Montana. Early 1900s. Glass Lantern Slide By Walter Mcclintock

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

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ChrisMiilu 2 years ago

More examples of the famous Blackfeet beading artwork.

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#31 Vapore. Maricopa. 1899. Photo By F.a. Rinehart

Vapore. Maricopa. 1899. Photo By F.a. Rinehart

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TashaHarris 2 years ago

My favourite..

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#32 A Medicine Man With Patient. Taos Pueblo, New Mexico. 1905. Photo By Carl Moon

A Medicine Man With Patient. Taos Pueblo, New Mexico. 1905. Photo By Carl Moon

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ChrisMiilu 2 years ago

Taos has a very old Pueblo settlement. Visited there and ate some of the most delicious bread I ever had. Brought home a recipe and some ingredients, but never able to duplicate it. Might be the old clay ovens.

#33 Broken Arm. Oglala Lakota. Ca. 1899. Photo By F.a. Rinehart

Broken Arm. Oglala Lakota. Ca. 1899. Photo By F.a. Rinehart

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ChrisMiilu 2 years ago

This is a picture of a warrior.

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#34 Acoma Pueblo. New Mexico. Early 1900s. Photo By Chicago Transparency Company

Acoma Pueblo. New Mexico. Early 1900s. Photo By Chicago Transparency Company

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

I found that "early 1900's " to be interesting, as I had actually thought it looked more current. I'd image that's because it has been colored. I like this one!

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#35 Geronimo (goyaałé). Apache. 1898. Photo By F.a. Rinehart

Geronimo (goyaałé). Apache. 1898. Photo By F.a. Rinehart

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

Geronimo means "one who yawns" - He surrendered MANY times and was eventually put on Apache reservations in Arizona. Geronimo eventually became a celebrity. He appeared at fairs, including the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis,and sold souvenirs and photographs of himself. However, he was NEVER allowed to return to the land of his birth. He died at the Fort Sill hospital in 1909 AND he was still a prisoner of war. He is buried at the Fort Sill Indian Agency Cemetery surrounded by the graves of relatives and other Apache prisoners of war. This man was used and abused beyond belief

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#36 Piegan Men Giving Prayer To The Thunderbird Near A River In Montana. 1912. Photo By Roland W. Reed

Piegan Men Giving Prayer To The Thunderbird Near A River In Montana. 1912. Photo By Roland W. Reed

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Pauline Lloyd 1 year ago

Just beautiful.

#37 Ute Chief Ignacio. 1870-1890

Ute Chief Ignacio. 1870-1890

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

Tribal history states that at age fourteen he killed every member of a rival family to avenge the murder of his father.

#38 A Woman By The Star Tipi In Blackfoot Camp. Early 1900s

A Woman By The Star Tipi In Blackfoot Camp. Early 1900s

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

I love the color of the Tipis

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#39 Riders With Coup Sticks. Blackfeet. Montana. Early 1900s. Glass Lantern Slide By Walter Mcclint

Riders With Coup Sticks. Blackfeet. Montana. Early 1900s. Glass Lantern Slide By Walter Mcclint

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SueLitleton 2 years ago

The idea was to ride into battle and touch an armed enemy with your coup stick, bringing great honor to you and your tribe -- it was called "counting coup."

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#40 "Hiawatha's Return." 1904. Photo By Detroit Photographic Co

"Hiawatha's Return." 1904. Photo By Detroit Photographic Co

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Pauline Lloyd 1 year ago

Pretty.

#41 Thunder Tipi Of Brings-down-the-sun. Blackfoot Camp. Early 1900s. Glass Lantern Slide By Walte

Thunder Tipi Of Brings-down-the-sun. Blackfoot Camp. Early 1900s. Glass Lantern Slide By Walte

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

Stunning!

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#42 Old Coyote (aka Yellow Dog). Crow. Original Photo Circa 1879 (color Tinted Circa 1910)

Old Coyote (aka Yellow Dog). Crow. Original Photo Circa 1879 (color Tinted Circa 1910)

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

WOW! Look at those arm bracelets!

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#43 A Crow Dancer. Early 1900s. Photo By Richard Throssel

A Crow Dancer. Early 1900s. Photo By Richard Throssel

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Pauline Lloyd 1 year ago

I like the way the foreground has been left uncoloured.

#44 Strong Left Hand And Family. Northern Cheyenne Reservation. 1906. Photo By Julia Tuell

Strong Left Hand And Family. Northern Cheyenne Reservation. 1906. Photo By Julia Tuell

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

Pulling the children in this manner was not uncommon for those too big for mom to carry but too small to keep up with traveling.

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#45 Bear Chief Cutting A Green Hide. Blackfeet. Montana. Early 1900s. Glass Lantern Slide By Walter

Bear Chief Cutting A Green Hide. Blackfeet. Montana. Early 1900s. Glass Lantern Slide By Walter

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Pauline Lloyd 1 year ago

That headdress looks amazing.

#46 Chief Mad Wolf. Blackfeet. Montana. Early 1900s. Glass Lantern Slide By Walter Mcclintock

Chief Mad Wolf. Blackfeet. Montana. Early 1900s. Glass Lantern Slide By Walter Mcclintock

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DoreenKing 2 years ago

Absolutely beautiful......

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#47 Chief Hollow Horn Bear. Sicangu Lakota. 1905. Photo By Delancey W. Gill

Chief Hollow Horn Bear. Sicangu Lakota. 1905. Photo By Delancey W. Gill

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ChrisMiilu 2 years ago

The headress denotes a warrior and a chief.

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