These rare and beautiful vintage photos of Native American girls were taken between the late 1800s and the turn of the 19th Century, yet despite being over a hundred years old, many of the old photos are still in mint condition.

Women were well respected in traditional Native American tribe culture, and although they generally had different roles from men, the Native American women 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 in the Native American history, this gave them a certain level of social, political and economic power, and even today approximately 25% of Native American tribes recognized by the federal government of the United States are led by women.

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#1

Marcia Pascal, Half-cherokee, Daughter Of U.s. Army Officer George W. Paschal, 1880s

Marcia Pascal, Half-cherokee, Daughter Of U.s. Army Officer George W. Paschal, 1880s

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Fatemeh 3 years ago

Looks a bit like kristen Stewart!

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O-o-be, The Kiowas, 1894

O-o-be, The Kiowas, 1894

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Debbie D. 3 years 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

Cherokee Nanyehi, Lakota

Cherokee Nanyehi, Lakota

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Bradburn James 3 years ago

Special

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#4

Native American Girl, 1870-1900

Native American Girl, 1870-1900

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Babs Lionetti 3 years ago

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

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#5

Gertrude Three Finger, Cheyenne, 1869-1904, By William E. Irwin

Gertrude Three Finger, Cheyenne, 1869-1904, By William E. Irwin

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Laszlo Molnar 3 years ago

She is proud.

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#6

Hattie Tom, Apache, 1899, By Frank A. Rinehart

Hattie Tom, Apache, 1899, By Frank A. Rinehart

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Eve McGee 3 years ago

Sadness

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#7

Unidentified Native American Girl, Lakota, 1890

Unidentified Native American Girl, Lakota, 1890

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Cesi Baca 3 years 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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#8

Elsie Vance Chestuen, Chiricahua

Elsie Vance Chestuen, Chiricahua

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#9

Native American Girl In Traditional Dress

Native American Girl In Traditional Dress

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Agnes Metzler 3 years ago

This doesn't look old xd

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#10

Taos Pueblo Tribe Girl, 1880-1890

Taos Pueblo Tribe Girl, 1880-1890

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Willy Gaters 3 years ago

+63

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#11

Hopi Girl, 1895

Hopi Girl, 1895

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Hisseefit 3 years ago

Must be the inspiration for Princess Leia from Star Wars

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#12

Tsawatenok Girl, 1914, By Edward Curtis

Tsawatenok Girl, 1914, By Edward Curtis

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Bradburn James 3 years ago

North ctry.

#13

A Young Ute Woman, 1880-1900

A Young Ute Woman, 1880-1900

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Jo Good 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years ago

These old photos capture the moment and the beauty❤️

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#16

A Girl At Taos Pueblo, 1895, By H.s. Poley

A Girl At Taos Pueblo, 1895, By H.s. Poley

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Chris Miilu 3 years ago

I visited that Pueblo; their sacred places were in the mountains behind the Pueblo.

#17

Quanah Parker (Nocona), Comanche, 1848-1911

Quanah Parker (Nocona), Comanche, 1848-1911

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Joan Miller 3 years ago

Quanah Parker was a man.

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Hopi Girls, 1900, By Carl Werntz

Hopi Girls, 1900, By Carl Werntz

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

This was the tribal hairstyle for women was the elaborate squash blossom or butterfly whorls worn by Hopi maidens

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#19

Lizzie Long Wolf As A Performer In Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, 1886

Lizzie Long Wolf As A Performer In Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, 1886

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

Interesting that even though she was in Buffalo Bill's side shows, there isn't really much written about her.

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#20

Isabelle Perico Enjady, Chiricahuah Apache Prisoner Of War, 1886-1914

Isabelle Perico Enjady, Chiricahuah Apache Prisoner Of War, 1886-1914

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Jeanne Deaux 3 years ago

Prisoner of war... there was no war, just invasion and extermination.

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#21

Hattie Tom, Chiricahua Apache, 1899, By Frank A. Rinehart

Hattie Tom, Chiricahua Apache, 1899, By Frank A. Rinehart

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Richard Mason 4 months ago

This is not the same girl as #6 Hattie Tom. Eyes are all wrong.

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#22

Native American Teen Girls, 1870-1900

Native American Teen Girls, 1870-1900

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

I wonder how and why she has the American flag on her lap or dress??

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#23

Inusk, Kickapoo Chief's Daughter, By Lenny And Jordan, 1880-1890

Inusk, Kickapoo Chief's Daughter, By Lenny And Jordan, 1880-1890

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

She appears to be "with child" but she also appears SO YOUNG!!

#24

Julie Nelson, 1886

Julie Nelson, 1886

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Alice Nelson 3 years ago

I found it interesting that her name was Nelson

#25

Comanche Girl, 1885

Comanche Girl, 1885

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Rasa Nekrošienė 3 years ago

Wow

#26

Kiowa Girl, 1890

Kiowa Girl, 1890

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Jude 3 years ago

Aw, she's sweet looking but so sad.

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#27

Hopi Girl On Her Wedding Day, 1900

Hopi Girl On Her Wedding Day, 1900

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Sam Carroll 3 years ago

She looks thrilled.

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#28

Amie And Carrie, Kiawah, By George A. Addison,1895

Amie And Carrie, Kiawah, By George A. Addison,1895

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#29

Hopi Girls, 1900, By Frederick Monsen

Hopi Girls, 1900, By Frederick Monsen

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#30

Alice, Unknown Tribe (possibly Cayuse, Walla Walla, Or Umatilla), 1900

Alice, Unknown Tribe (possibly Cayuse, Walla Walla, Or Umatilla), 1900

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Gail Reichter 3 years ago

Beautiful!

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#31

Na-din-praquai-gizay (ramona)

Na-din-praquai-gizay (ramona)

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

She looks happy

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Arapaho Girl Only Child Saved Out Of Sand Creek Massacre, 1870-1880, By Mckinney, Albert S.

Arapaho Girl Only Child Saved Out Of Sand Creek Massacre, 1870-1880, By Mckinney, Albert S.

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

It is interesting how back in the day they would only color in one or two items of a photo

#33

Hopi Girls, 1900

Hopi Girls, 1900

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

The girl on the left looks shy

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#34

A Yankton Girl

A Yankton Girl

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Kurt Glassell 3 years ago

Yankton is in South Dakota, which is Sioux country

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#35

Comanche Girls, 1880-1889

Comanche Girls, 1880-1889

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Ibrahim Nawaaz 3 years ago

is that a face between them?

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#36

Susan Bullock-tibbitts, 1895

Susan Bullock-tibbitts, 1895

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Suzanne Markey 3 years ago

These photos are amazing and belong in a museum.

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