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.

Scroll down below to check these beautiful old photos for yourself! (h/t: vintage everyday)

#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
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4 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.
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4 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
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4 years ago

Special

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#4

Native American Girl, 1870-1900

Native American Girl, 1870-1900

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Babs Lionetti
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4 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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rachael moore
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4 years ago

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She looks like Kendal Jenner!!!

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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
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4 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
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4 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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Bradburn James
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4 years ago

Tough chic

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#9

Native American Girl In Traditional Dress

Native American Girl In Traditional Dress

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Jude
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4 years ago

Her hair is so thick and long! She's quite lovely.

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#10

Taos Pueblo Tribe Girl, 1880-1890

Taos Pueblo Tribe Girl, 1880-1890

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José Garcia
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4 years ago

She's beautiful. ????

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#11

Hopi Girl, 1895

Hopi Girl, 1895

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Hisseefit
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4 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
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4 years ago

North ctry.

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#13

A Young Ute Woman, 1880-1900

A Young Ute Woman, 1880-1900

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Jude
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4 years ago

Woman or girl? She looks to be a child still.

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#14

A Kiowa Girl, 1892

A Kiowa Girl, 1892

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Trisch Armading
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4 years ago

Beautiful!

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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
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4 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
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4 years ago

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

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#17

Quanah Parker (Nocona), Comanche, 1848-1911

Quanah Parker (Nocona), Comanche, 1848-1911

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Joan Miller
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4 years ago

Quanah Parker was a man.

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#18

Hopi Girls, 1900, By Carl Werntz

Hopi Girls, 1900, By Carl Werntz

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Bradburn James
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4 years ago

We want a get out a here

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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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Antonia
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4 years ago

Buffafo Bill.. 0_0

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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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Marvin Sinclair
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4 years ago

Spanish name would indicate that she is Mexican. She is obviously an Indian taken in a raid and a slave.

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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
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1 year 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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Jo Good
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4 years ago

Clothing looks somewhat Kiowa, the young women are stunning!

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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
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4 years ago

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

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#24

Julie Nelson, 1886

Julie Nelson, 1886

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Alice Nelson
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4 years ago

I found it interesting that her name was Nelson

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#25

Comanche Girl, 1885

Comanche Girl, 1885

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Rasa Nekrošienė
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4 years ago

Wow

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#26

Kiowa Girl, 1890

Kiowa Girl, 1890

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Jude
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4 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
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4 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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Michael Wellman
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11 months ago

Smoking hot

#29

Hopi Girls, 1900, By Frederick Monsen

Hopi Girls, 1900, By Frederick Monsen

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Michael Wellman
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11 months ago

Smoking hot

#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
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4 years ago

Beautiful!

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#31

Na-din-praquai-gizay (ramona)

Na-din-praquai-gizay (ramona)

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Yvonne Bernal
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4 years ago

She looks happy

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#32

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
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4 years ago

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

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#33

Hopi Girls, 1900

Hopi Girls, 1900

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Lua boots
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4 years ago

my favourite <3

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#34

A Yankton Girl

A Yankton Girl

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Shelly Newitt
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4 years ago

It says "Sioux girl" on the pic itself.

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#35

Comanche Girls, 1880-1889

Comanche Girls, 1880-1889

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Ibrahim Nawaaz
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4 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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Janna Columbus
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4 years ago

All these young ladies are beautiful!????

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