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"Exploring the Rich Heritage of Native Americans: A Glimpse into their World" Step back in time with a 17th-century map of the New World

Background imageNative Americans Collection: 17th century map of the New World

17th century map of the New World
Western Hemisphere, 17th century Dutch map. This shows the New World that was being discovered by Europeans exploring the Western Hemisphere of the Earth

Background imageNative Americans Collection: 17th century map of South America

17th century map of South America
South America, 17th century Dutch map. This shows the new continent that was being discovered by European explorers. The shape is distorted because it had not yet been accurately mapped

Background imageNative Americans Collection: An Inca Using A Quipu

An Inca Using A Quipu
Illustration of the Keeper of the Quipu, a device used by the Incas to record mathematical data and possibly non-numerical information as well, 1565

Background imageNative Americans Collection: An Eskimo muskrat hunter paddling through the marsh, Kotzebue, Alaska, c. 1929 (b/w photo)

An Eskimo muskrat hunter paddling through the marsh, Kotzebue, Alaska, c. 1929 (b/w photo)
7315335 An Eskimo muskrat hunter paddling through the marsh, Kotzebue, Alaska, c.1929 (b/w photo) by Curtis, Edward Sheriff (1868-1952) ; Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Winter count on buffalo robe (colour litho)

Winter count on buffalo robe (colour litho)
980466 Winter count on buffalo robe (colour litho) by American School, (19th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Winter count on buffalo robe)

Background imageNative Americans Collection: 485-2801

485-2801
Hail to the Sunrise statue of Mohawk Indian, on the Mohawk Trail, Massachusetts, New England, United States of America, North America

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Aims Back, 1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Aims Back, 1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Aims Back, 1910. Photograph shows Aims Back with woman, both in traditional dress, standing outside of tipi

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Judge James Wickersham in council with Indian chiefs, between 1900 and 1907. Creator: Unknown

Judge James Wickersham in council with Indian chiefs, between 1900 and 1907. Creator: Unknown
Judge James Wickersham in council with Indian chiefs, between 1900 and 1907

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Yellow Kidney, Piegan, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Yellow Kidney, Piegan, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Yellow Kidney, Piegan, c1910. Yellow Kidney, Piegan man, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left, wearing a fur headdress

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Mike Shortman, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Mike Shortman, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Mike Shortman, c1910. Piegan man, half-length portrait, facing right

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Wades in Water, Piegan Indian, full-length portrait, seated on floor, facing front... c1910

Wades in Water, Piegan Indian, full-length portrait, seated on floor, facing front... c1910
Wades in Water, Piegan Indian, full-length portrait, seated on floor, facing front, with braids, beaded buckskin shirt and leggings, beads with ermine tail trim, c1910

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Reuben Black Boy, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Reuben Black Boy, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Reuben Black Boy, c1910. Reuben Black Boy, half-length portrait, facing front

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Tearing Lodge and wife(?), c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Tearing Lodge and wife(?), c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Tearing Lodge and wife(?), c1910. Piegan man and woman, possibly husband and wife, three-quarter length portrait, facing front

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Wild Gun, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Wild Gun, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Wild Gun, c1910. Three-quarter length portrait of Piegan family

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Joe Russell, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Joe Russell, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Joe Russell, c1910. Piegan man and woman standing in open prairie

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Two Kill, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Two Kill, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Two Kill, c1910. Piegan woman, full-length portrait, seated on blankets inside tipi(?), facing front

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Running Owl, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Running Owl, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Running Owl, c1910. Running Owl, Piegan, half-length portrait, facing front

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Running Owl's daughter, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Running Owl's daughter, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Running Owl's daughter, c1910. Young Piegan girl, full-length portrait, wearing dress decorated with elk teeth, sitting on open ground, facing front

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Mountain Chief, 1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Mountain Chief, 1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Mountain Chief, 1910. Photograph shows Mountain Chief, wrapped in Buffalo hide, standing outside of tipi

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Morning Eagle, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Morning Eagle, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Morning Eagle, c1910. Elderly Piegan man, half-length portrait, wrapped in blanket, seated on horse, facing front

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Weasel Tail-Piegan, c1900. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Weasel Tail-Piegan, c1900. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Weasel Tail-Piegan, c1900. Weasel Tail, half-length portrait, facing front, holding tomahawk

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Strikes Back, 1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Strikes Back, 1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Strikes Back, 1910. Photograph shows Strikes Back, wearing traidtional clothing, sitting in grassy area

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Spotted Eagle's wife, 1907. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Spotted Eagle's wife, 1907. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Spotted Eagle's wife, 1907. Photograph shows full-length portrait of Spotted Eagle's wife, facing front, standing, wearing traditional clothing

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Iron Breast-Piegan, c1900. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Iron Breast-Piegan, c1900. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Iron Breast-Piegan, c1900. Iron Breast, full-length portrait of a Piegan man, standing, wearing war bonnet, holding tomahawk and animal pelt draped over his arm

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Piegan woman, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Piegan woman, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Piegan woman, c1910. Piegan woman, half-length portrait, facing front

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Substitute sacred head-dress-Piegan, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Substitute sacred head-dress-Piegan, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Substitute sacred head-dress-Piegan, c1910. Piegan woman, half-length portrait, seated, facing front, wearing headdress made of ermine tails, feathers, and bunches of grass

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Piegan encampment, c1900. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Piegan encampment, c1900. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Piegan encampment, c1900. Tepees with mountains in background

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Medicine bags, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Medicine bags, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Medicine bags, c1910. Four Piegan fringed leather containers hung on tripod

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Bird Rattle, 1909, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Bird Rattle, 1909, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Bird Rattle, 1909, c1910. Half-length portrait of Indian man, facing front, wearing beaded buckskin shirt, one feather, and loop necklace

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Piegan scout, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Piegan scout, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Piegan scout, c1910. Piegan man stands with open prairie behind him

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Flint Smoker's daughter, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Flint Smoker's daughter, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Flint Smoker's daughter, c1910. Piegan woman seated on ground in open field

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Spotted Eagle, Heavy Gun, and Robert Calf Robe, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Spotted Eagle, Heavy Gun, and Robert Calf Robe, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Spotted Eagle, Heavy Gun, and Robert Calf Robe, c1910

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Little Plume's daughter, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Little Plume's daughter, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Little Plume's daughter, c1910. Two young Piegan women seated in tall grass

Background imageNative Americans Collection: At the water's edge-Piegan, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

At the water's edge-Piegan, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
At the water's edge-Piegan, c1910. Photo shows two tepees reflected in water of pond, with four Piegan Indians seated in front of one tepee

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Piegan war-bonnet and coup-stick, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Piegan war-bonnet and coup-stick, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Piegan war-bonnet and coup-stick, c1910. Piegan man, half-length portrait, dressed in war bonnet and holding a feathered coup-stick, facing front

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Overlooking the camp-Piegan, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Overlooking the camp-Piegan, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Overlooking the camp-Piegan, c1910. One man and two women, seated on hill, facing right

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Day dreams-Piegan, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Day dreams-Piegan, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Day dreams-Piegan, c1910. Young Piegan Indian woman, wearing beaded dress, seated on hill

Background imageNative Americans Collection: The Grizzly Bear, Piegan, half-length portrait, facing front, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

The Grizzly Bear, Piegan, half-length portrait, facing front, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
The Grizzly Bear, Piegan, half-length portrait, facing front, c1910

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Three Piegan Indians and four horses on hill above river, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Three Piegan Indians and four horses on hill above river, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Three Piegan Indians and four horses on hill above river, c1910

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Goldenrod meadows-Piegan, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Goldenrod meadows-Piegan, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Goldenrod meadows-Piegan, c1910. Two girls standing in a field of goldenrod

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Wife of Weasel Head-Piegan, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Wife of Weasel Head-Piegan, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Wife of Weasel Head-Piegan, c1910. Piegan woman, half-length portrait, facing right

Background imageNative Americans Collection: An idle hour, Piegan, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

An idle hour, Piegan, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
An idle hour, Piegan, c1910. Photograph shows two Piegan Indians sitting on grassy area above a body of water

Background imageNative Americans Collection: The three chiefs-Piegan, c1900. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

The three chiefs-Piegan, c1900. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
The three chiefs-Piegan, c1900. Three Piegan men on horseback in open grassland near pond

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Group of Native Americans, three standing, one seated on the ground, possibly... 1860 or 1861

Group of Native Americans, three standing, one seated on the ground, possibly... 1860 or 1861. Creator: Unknown
Group of Native Americans, three standing, one seated on the ground, possibly Colville or Kutenai, at the winter quarters of the British Northwest Boundary Commission Survey in Colville, Washington

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Good Stab, 1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Good Stab, 1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Good Stab, 1910. Photograph shows Good Stab, with braided hair, wearing traditional clothing, sitting in grassy area

Background imageNative Americans Collection: Bull Shoe's children, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Bull Shoe's children, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Bull Shoe's children, c1910. Two girls, full-length, seated, facing front, with loose hair, one wearing buckskin dress decorated with elks teeth, one wearing beaded cloth dress

Background imageNative Americans Collection: A medicine pipe-Piegan, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

A medicine pipe-Piegan, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
A medicine pipe-Piegan, c1910. Piegan man, full-length portrait, kneeling on right knee, facing front, holding medicine pipe



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"Exploring the Rich Heritage of Native Americans: A Glimpse into their World" Step back in time with a 17th-century map of the New World, where the vast lands were home to diverse indigenous tribes. From coast to coast, these native peoples thrived in harmony with nature and shaped the landscape we know today. In Kotzebue, Alaska, witness an Eskimo muskrat hunter gracefully paddling through marshes in search of sustenance. This snapshot from c. 1929 captures their deep connection to the land and their resourcefulness as skilled hunters. Travel southward on a 17th-century map of South America, discovering ancient civilizations like the Incas who left behind remarkable legacies. Marvel at an Inca using a quipu – a complex system of knotted strings that served as a form of communication and record-keeping. The Battle of Pea Ridge in Arkansas (1889) showcases Native American warriors' bravery and resilience during times of conflict. Color lithographs bring this historic event to life, reminding us that they fought fiercely for their ancestral lands. Delve into winter counts on buffalo robes; these vibrant pictorial calendars depict significant events within tribal communities throughout generations. Each stroke tells stories passed down orally from one generation to another—a testament to their rich oral traditions. Journey across North America's breathtaking landscapes until you reach British Columbia's Victoria—home to stunning Totem Poles at Butchart Gardens. These towering monuments pay homage to indigenous cultures while preserving their artistry for future generations. Immerse yourself further into history by exploring Waldeck's original artwork depicting Mesoamerica (1831). Box after box reveals intricate details capturing rituals, architecture, and daily life—an invaluable glimpse into ancient civilizations long gone but not forgotten. Finally, gaze upon Black Hawk and Na-Be-Ghi-Zeik—their portraits speak volumes about leadership and resistance against colonization.