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"The Last of His Race: A Glimpse into the Vanishing American" In 1908

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Before the storm, c1906. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Before the storm, c1906. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Before the storm, c1906. Four Apaches on horseback under storm clouds

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: The Last of His Race (The Vanishing American), 1908 (oil on composition board)

The Last of His Race (The Vanishing American), 1908 (oil on composition board)
3247995 The Last of His Race (The Vanishing American), 1908 (oil on composition board) by Remington, Frederic (1861-1909); 45.7x31.5 cm; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, USA; American

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Alchise, Apache Indian, half-length portrait, left profile, c1906. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Alchise, Apache Indian, half-length portrait, left profile, c1906. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Alchise, Apache Indian, half-length portrait, left profile, c1906

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Czele Marie (School girl), c1907. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Czele Marie (School girl), c1907. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Czele Marie (School girl), c1907. Head-and-shoulders portrait of Pima girl

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Indians poling up the Skeena River, between c1900 and c1930. Creator: Unknown

Indians poling up the Skeena River, between c1900 and c1930. Creator: Unknown
Indians poling up the Skeena River, between c1900 and c1930

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Indians in native dress, between c1900 and 1923. Creator: Unknown

Indians in native dress, between c1900 and 1923. Creator: Unknown
Indians in native dress, between c1900 and 1923

Background imageNorth American Indian 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 imageNorth American Indian Collection: Yellow Horse-Yanktonai, half-length portrait, standing, facing slightly right, with long... c1908

Yellow Horse-Yanktonai, half-length portrait, standing, facing slightly right, with long... c1908
Yellow Horse-Yanktonai, half-length portrait, standing, facing slightly right, with long braids, two eagle feathers in hair, wrapped in buffalo skin, c1908

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Quniaika-Mohave, c1903. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Quniaika-Mohave, c1903. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Quniaika-Mohave, c1903. A Mohave man, head-and-shoulders portrait, draped in blanket, facing front

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Qa hila-Koprino, c1914. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Qa hila-Koprino, c1914. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Qa hila-Koprino, c1914. Qa hila, a Koprino man, bust portrait, facing front, with bone in nose

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Yellow Bull-Nez Percé, c1905. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Yellow Bull-Nez Percé, c1905. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Yellow Bull-Nez Perce, c1905. Yellow Bull, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Coast Pomo with feather head-dress, c1924. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Coast Pomo with feather head-dress, c1924. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Coast Pomo with feather head-dress, c1924. Head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Three Horses, c1905. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Three Horses, c1905. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Three Horses, c1905. Three Horses, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front, wearing headdress

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Charlie Wood-Kobuk, c1929. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Charlie Wood-Kobuk, c1929. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Charlie Wood-Kobuk, c1929. Charlie, Wood, half-length portrait, facing front

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Three Eagles, a Nez Percé Indian, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left, c1910

Three Eagles, a Nez Percé Indian, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Three Eagles, a Nez Perce Indian, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left, c1910

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Papago cleaning wheat (Winnowing wheat), c1907. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Papago cleaning wheat (Winnowing wheat), c1907. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Papago cleaning wheat (Winnowing wheat), c1907

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: PioPio-Maksmaks, Profile-Wallawalla, c1905. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

PioPio-Maksmaks, Profile-Wallawalla, c1905. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
PioPio-Maksmaks, Profile-Wallawalla, c1905

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: PioPio-Maksmaks-Wallawalla, c1905. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

PioPio-Maksmaks-Wallawalla, c1905. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
PioPio-Maksmaks-Wallawalla, c1905

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Upshaw-Apsaroke, c1905. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Upshaw-Apsaroke, c1905. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Upshaw-Apsaroke, c1905. Upshaw, an Apsaroke man in full headdress, half-length portrait, facing front

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Gathering abalones-Nakoaktok, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Gathering abalones-Nakoaktok, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Gathering abalones-Nakoaktok, c1910. Kwakiutl woman gathering abalones, Washington

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: On the shores of the Pacific-Tolowa, c1923. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

On the shores of the Pacific-Tolowa, c1923. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
On the shores of the Pacific-Tolowa, c1923. Dorothy Lopez Williams standing on hillside looking out over the Pacific Ocean

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Oz Sue, c1903. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Oz Sue, c1903. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Oz Sue, c1903. Head-and-shoulders portrait of a Native American man, facing front

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Tah-Lay, Apache? Indian, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front, wearing blanket and... c1903

Tah-Lay, Apache? Indian, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front, wearing blanket and... c1903
Tah-Lay, Apache? Indian, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front, wearing blanket and headband, c1903

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Oyegi-a ye ('Frost Moving'), Santa Clara Governor, c1905. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Oyegi-a ye ("Frost Moving"), Santa Clara Governor, c1905. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Oyegi-a ye ("Frost Moving"), Santa Clara Governor, c1905. Oyegi-a ye, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front, wearing cap with feathers and a single horn

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Daughter of Tamahus-Cayuse, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Daughter of Tamahus-Cayuse, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Daughter of Tamahus-Cayuse, c1910. Cayuse woman, head-and-shoulderws portrait, facing front

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Ow High, c1905. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Ow High, c1905. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Ow High, c1905. Ow High, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: O Che Che, Mohave Indian woman, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front, c1903

O Che Che, Mohave Indian woman, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front, c1903. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
O Che Che, Mohave Indian woman, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front, c1903

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Nova-Walpi, c1906. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Nova-Walpi, c1906. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Nova-Walpi, c1906. Nova, a Walpi man, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Two Charger Woman, c1907. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Two Charger Woman, c1907. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Two Charger Woman, c1907. Full-length portrait of Brule Woman

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Arikara chief, c1908. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Arikara chief, c1908. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Arikara chief, c1908. Photograph shows Sitting Bear, an Arikara chief, in full regalia, with a medallion around his neck. The medallion appears to bear the image of Millard Fillmore and the words

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Ndee Sangochonh, Apache Indian, half-length portrait, facing front, c1906

Ndee Sangochonh, Apache Indian, half-length portrait, facing front, c1906. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Ndee Sangochonh, Apache Indian, half-length portrait, facing front, c1906

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: White Shield-Arikara, c1908. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

White Shield-Arikara, c1908. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
White Shield-Arikara, c1908. White Shield, half-length portrait, facing left

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Tah It Way, c1905. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Tah It Way, c1905. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Tah It Way, c1905. Tah It Way, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front, peace pipe on right

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Tull Chee Hah, c1905. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Tull Chee Hah, c1905. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Tull Chee Hah, c1905. Half-length portrait of man facing front

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Sings in the Mountains, c1905. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Sings in the Mountains, c1905. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Sings in the Mountains, c1905. Sings in the Mountains, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Woman's primitive dress-Tolowa, c1923. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Woman's primitive dress-Tolowa, c1923. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Woman's primitive dress-Tolowa, c1923. Ada Lopez Richards, full-length portrait, standing near the shore wearing hat, necklaces, and dress

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Mowakiu-Tsawatenok, c1914. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Mowakiu-Tsawatenok, c1914. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Mowakiu-Tsawatenok, c1914. Mowakiu, a Tsawatenok Indian, bust portrait, facing front

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Sigesh-Apache, c1904. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Sigesh-Apache, c1904. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Sigesh-Apache, c1904. Head-and-shoulders portrait of an Apache Indian, right profile

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Sitting Bear-Arikara, c1908. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Sitting Bear-Arikara, c1908. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Sitting Bear-Arikara, c1908. Sitting Bear, Arikara man, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Sù^-Donii ('Osier-Willow Blossom')-Pyramid Lake Paviotso, c1924. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Sù^-Donii ("Osier-Willow Blossom")-Pyramid Lake Paviotso, c1924. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Su^-Donii ("Osier-Willow Blossom")-Pyramid Lake Paviotso, c1924. Head-and-shoulders portrait of Native American

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Wife of Mnainak-Yakima, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Wife of Mnainak-Yakima, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Wife of Mnainak-Yakima, c1910. Yakima woman, half-length portrait, facing front

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: We-Ton, c1900. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

We-Ton, c1900. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
We-Ton, c1900. We-Ton, half-length portrait, facing front

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Tonovige-Havasupai, c1907. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Tonovige-Havasupai, c1907. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Tonovige-Havasupai, c1907. Tonovige, Havasupai woman, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing slightly right

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Running Rabbit, c1900. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Running Rabbit, c1900. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Running Rabbit, c1900. Running Rabbit, Native man, half-length portrait, standing, facing front, holding staff

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Que Que Tas, c1905. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Que Que Tas, c1905. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Que Que Tas, c1905. Head-and-shoulders portrait of Native man

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Kutenai female type, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Kutenai female type, c1910. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Kutenai female type, c1910. Kootenai woman, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: The Potter-Santa Clara, c1905. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

The Potter-Santa Clara, c1905. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
The Potter-Santa Clara, c1905. Santa Clara woman, full-length portrait, seated with pottery

Background imageNorth American Indian Collection: Little Hawk, c1907. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis

Little Hawk, c1907. Creator: Edward Sheriff Curtis
Little Hawk, c1907. Head-and-shoulders portrait of Brule man



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"The Last of His Race: A Glimpse into the Vanishing American" In 1908, an oil painting on composition board titled "The Last of His Race" captured the essence of a fading era. This poignant artwork by an unknown artist serves as a reminder of the North American Indian's struggle for survival and their diminishing presence in modern society. Delving deeper into history, we uncover a treasure trove of original artwork by Waldeck depicting Mesoamerica. Box 1 reveals stunning prints from 1831 that transport us back to a time when civilizations thrived in this ancient land. Box 5 showcases more prints, each brushstroke capturing the intricate beauty and cultural richness that once flourished there. Among these captivating images lies "Portrait of Black Hawk and Na-Be-Ghi-Zeik, " showcasing two prominent figures who left an indelible mark on Native American history. Their faces tell stories of resilience, strength, and determination against all odds. As we journey further through Waldeck's collection in Box 9 and Box 10, we witness scenes that evoke both awe and curiosity. Leaving home for the Carlisle Indian School is depicted in vibrant chromolitho colors from 1911—an image that encapsulates both hope for education but also loss as indigenous children were separated from their families. Venturing beyond Mesoamerica, we encounter goddess Teoyaomqui alongside a porphyry sacrificial stone—a watercolor masterpiece dating back to c. 1843-50. The divinity portrayed here reflects the deep spiritual connection between indigenous peoples and their sacred rituals. Another watercolor transports us to Maya civilization—a depiction of a revered priest or hero whose identity remains shrouded in mystery even today. These artworks offer glimpses into forgotten worlds where myth intertwines with reality. Yet amidst these tales from distant lands lies another narrative—Mexican Indians adorned in holiday dress during c. 1843-50.