The North American Indian, 1904-1924 (28 Photos)

 

In 1906, photographer Edward S. Curtis was approached by wealthy banker J.P. Morgan about a documentary project featuring the indigenous people of North America.  Curtis had long-been fascinated by the Native American tribes and immediately took the project.  

Over the course of the next 20 years, Mr. Curtis captured more than 40,000 images of 80 different tribes.  We selected a few of our favorite old photos below...

1905

Three chiefs from the Sioux tribe prepare for a meeting.

 

1904

A group of Navajo tribesmen travel across the Canyon de Chelly in Arizona

 

1900

Chiefs from the Piegan tribe visit a watering hole.