Your account is not active. We have sent an email to the address you provided with an activation link. Check your inbox, and click on the link to activate your account. These rare and beautiful vintage photos of Native American girls were taken between the late s 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. Scroll down below to check these beautiful old photos for yourself!
O-o-be, The Kiowas, 1894
Adopted into the Commanche tribe, she lived a happy life until Texas Rangers recaptured her and forced her to return to live again among Anglo-Americans. Silas and Lucy Parker moved their young family from Illinois to Texas in However, when no Indian attacks materialized for many months, the Parker family and the relatives who joined them in the fort became careless. Frequently they left the bulletproof gates to the fort wide open for long periods. On this day in , several hundred Commanche, Kiowa, and Caddo Indians staged a surprise attack. During the ensuing battle, the Indians killed five of the Parkers. In the chaos, the Indians abducted nine-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker and four other white women and children. The Commanche and Caddo bands later divided women and children between them. The Commanche took Parker, and she lived with them for the next 25 years.
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View in National Archives Catalog. The pictures listed in this leaflet portray Native Americans, their homes and activities. All of the pictures described in the list are either photographs or copies of artworks. Any item not identified as an artwork is a photograph. Whenever available, the name of the photographer or artist and the date of the item have been given. This information is followed by the identification number. The pictures are grouped by subject. English names of individuals have been used, with native or secondary designations in parentheses. Tribal names as specific as possible have been incorporated into the descriptions where known and where appropriate and an index by tribe follows the list. Captions for and the terms used to describe the photographs in this list were created at or about the time each image was made.