vintage native americans

Native American man, circa 1900. He was photographed by Edward Curtis as part of a project to create a nearly comprehensive record of the indigenous peoples of America and their quickly disappearing way of life. This photograph was published in the resulting 20-volume compendium called The North American Indian.

Unfortunately, I have not been able to uncover anything more about the photograph, not even the man’s tribal affiliation. I am hoping you all can help!

Zitkala-Ša, shown here in 1898, was a Yankton Dakota writer, editor, musician, teacher and political activist. She wrote several works chronicling her youthful struggles with identity and pulls between the majority culture and her Native American heritage. Her later books in English were among the first works to bring traditional Native American stories to a widespread white readership. Working with American William F. Hanson, Zitkala-Ša wrote the libretto and songs for The Sun Dance Opera, (1913), the first Native American opera. She was a co-founder of the National Council of American Indians in 1926 to lobby for rights to United States citizenship and civil rights. She served as its president until her death in 1938.