Rare 100 year old Indian photos remind me how badass they were (30 photos)

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  • kyle

    first fuckers

    • nate

      you're a faggot

      • Leles

        and a plain stupid one

    • Lev

      No, the natives were.

    • zman

      Get your hand out of your pants and go find a human to interact with dumbass!

    • Rabbit

      kyle's self-declaration: he's first but he's a fucker. or that he's one fubar mofo. pardon my french but your an a-hole.

  • kyle

    I dont get why that is so thrilling to some people

    • http://twitter.com/withquotation @withquotation

      why are the Marines so thrilling to people? or action movies? their existence was legendary all around the world. nothing is more American then the pictures you dont' find so thrilling. well done chive.

      • skylarrrr

        Well said ^^

        • http://www.facebook.com/bryan.barbeau Bryan Barbeau

          I think he meant being "first"

    • abipolarguy

      wow – at least 48 people totaly missed that you were talking about the "firsters" not the native americans.

      I bumped you up to −47 all I could do

      • First to reply.

        Yeah. People are fucking stupid. First to comment that though!!!!

    • Mr Details

      I used to wonder that too, but I think it all began with the 'be first to post a comment' button that appears at the bottom of fresh posts that makes the first post seem like it's something noteworthy.

  • DRC

    #2 looks like a strait up beast

    • Suck it Trebek

      That look = I wish a muthafucka would

      • http://www.facebook.com/pcribaudo Pete Ribaudo

        come at me bro

    • Mark

      dude, he looks like Nastas from Red Dead Redemption

  • SHitAmerica

    And now, 'Merica do the same with Iraqis.

    • Cinco de ketchup

      What? Take pictures of them? Oh, the humanity!

    • BaJezzus

      And you're Indian name shall be…He Who Blows Goats

    • V4Vendetta14

      You know shit about world events…

    • http://www.facebook.com/tylermars.design Tyler Mars

      you know what this means chivers? our first iraqi chiver is here!

      • jrj

        How dare he…! An Iraqi with an opinion..! The bastard.. Doesn't he realize now that he has been "liberated and democratized" he has no right to an opinion..! He is not an American after all..! The bastard. Oh …. and by the way… I agree with him.. '

        • LOL

          Hey jeffy poo, where u been?

  • BloodScrubber

    Badasses before the white man even knew what badass was. Cool post Chive.

    • torllin

      obviously not that badass, because we kicked their asses and took their land…… suckas

      • http://www.facebook.com/gabriela.r.miranda Gabriela Robyn Miranda

        you're an asshole, but i guess your faggot name sorta gives that away too.

        • fuk Gabriela

          my faggot name was what your mom was screaming last night bitch…… I saw you watching………

      • Logic76

        Way to go white eyes…these indian souls will never rest because their spirits have been captured by your iphones great-great-great-great-grand daddy. Fuck it, these are still cool pix. Frybread anyone?

      • Jon

        Pretty sure they'd kick you ass in a second.

    • Jim

      The Celts would paint their faces blue and wear head dresses that they would set on fire when going into battle.

      Oh ya, and they were also nude exposing their cocks to the enemy as if to say “not a single fuck is being given to you and your army”

      Native American badassery 0 Celtic badassery 1

    • Rabbit

      warriors indeed. i admire their spirit and determination and perseverance to prevent the invaders…

  • http://www.facebook.com/smitty1c John Smith

    # 29 id not a bad ass, he is the Froto of the tribe…

  • CL

    Woohoo! I'm going to the casino to lose more money and pick up some tax free cigarettes.

    • AaA

      failed attempted humour. obvious and cliché

      • Poot

        Like using "fail" to describe disapproval

  • http://desejos-intimoss.blogspot.com Paula

    i wonder…


  • Nat

    Native Americans, asshole.

    • The Real D. Nozzle

      fuck your PC crap. They've been called indians since 1492. get over it.

      • Gwenn

        Neither Indian nor Native American is correct. They've been here before America was created.

        • asur18

          America's a continent, idiot. Not a country.

          • turd ferguson

            U.S.A. is a country (America). North America is a continent…idiot. thanks for playing

            • asur18

              Humm, and where do you see USA (that's the name of the country, fyi) mentioned? Nowhere.
              South America is a continent, North America is a continent, America (or Americas) is a supercontinent. Ever heard of Eurasia?
              But don't you miss my point, there. America is not a country.

              Always a pleasure, idiot. 😉

              • Libertariandude

                "America" IS a country depending on which context you're speaking. So yes, for most people in the USA it is correct to refer to their country as "America", and we in other countries should respect that.

                • Kio

                  From now on you refer to my country as Best-country-in-the-world-you-suck

      • Nateb123

        So what? Black people were called Negroes for at least that long. You wouldn't be caught dead calling someone that. Calling black folks "negro" being pretty much being analogous to calling Natives "Indians" by the way. Do you also call anyone from an East Asian country "Chinamen" too?

    • Columbus

      I was born here too idiot, so we are all native Americans.

    • MrCjv

      They are and were the closest culture to the earth in recorded history. Read a book bitch.

  • Josh

    we could have learned a lot from the Native Americans about how to handle resources sustainably…..oh well….got to get back to eating my genetically modified food

    • http://www.facebook.com/bryan.barbeau Bryan Barbeau

      Yeah, and they could have learned how to make a wheel…oh well… got to get back to my modern life.

      • twinkle toes

        and they might have, if they were given a chance… go back to cleaning the blood of the Natives of your hands…

        • V4Vendetta14

          I know the modern day propaganda is to paint them as elegant peaceful people. But they were tribal cultures that in some cases savagely brutalized each other over territory. How is that any different than what we did? They were a bronze age culture living living right before the industrial revolution. They had no chance. What country are you from? Peaceful cultures were always defeated by warlike cultures in human history. Somewhere down the line in your culture, they must not have been total pussies.

          • GI Joe

            They also raped the area of land they lived in of all resources and polluted the waters by dumping or using the water upstream for toilets. This is why they had no permanent villages in the West. They also hunted buffalo by stampeding whole herds off of cliffs and then taking what meat and hides they needed and left the rest to rot.
            The Eastern tribes were much more land friendly. Growing crops and making towns.

  • Spartaca

    In my family we call them In'dins. We are in'dins, so its not considered derogatory.:p

  • Tylrd67

    The original American Badasses! Doesn't 12 look like Iron Eyes Cody (the crying Indian guy from the pollution commercials, who was not native I believe)?

    • Indy Girl

      You're correct…he was actually Italian-American

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=682389863 Jacob Cotter

    Ive always been curious as to why native americans NEVER have facial hair

    • http://twitter.com/withquotation @withquotation

      ya its something in their… er… our genes. my mom never has to shave her legs. yes TMI but relevant.

    • matt

      True 100% native americans can't grow facial hair. It's in their genetics.

      • aleXTC


        • Del

          everyone has facial hair including ndns. they shaved for the photos. notice how they also dressed up for the photos too.

          • Quinn

            bro this isn't a GAP add. they didn't put on their finest gear. this is them %100 real and raw.

    • sully23

      funny i was thinking the same shit. never had to worry about the mexican 'stache as a teenager

    • nemo1080

      it is in their/our genes.

  • B Money

    Epic Post. Epic photos.

  • Eric

    I am a Canadian Cree Native attending the University of Saskatchewan. I would like to thank The Chive for posting these pictures. I feel the time for the animosity between the two races is coming to an end and I would like thank you for posting this. It has given me an incredible sense of pride that will last through the week. Also will be kick ass for an upcoming project. Thanks, Eric Standing.

    • phideauxe

      Awesome. Always refreshing to see someone posting a sincere message. Eric is the ruggedly handsome man of the day. Well, right behind the guy who posted the Claudia De Falchi video. Holy smoke.

    • Phil

      I'm Mdewakanton Dakota from Minnesota, I do respect your comment but the only reason that the animosity between us and the whites is first because our culture has been cheapened so much in this country and also because, according to census data, within the next 3-5 years every US citizen will have some Indian blood in them and the number of full blood Indians is rapidly diminishing. In other words, we are disappearing.

  • NickRob

    I wish there was one of someone throwing a Tomahawk. Just sayin. Badass nonetheless tho

  • Stephen Neal

    If you knew anything about the history of art or photography, you'd know that these are not "rare." Your "art" postings are a joke.

    • Mario

      Ironically, so are your "comment" postings.

    • http://twitter.com/withquotation @withquotation

      jack ass. rare is insinuating that the original photos are rare. you think michaelangelo's work of the Sistine Chapel isn't rare cause it's been mass distributed. think before you type.

    • skylarrrr

      Don't be hatin' on my brethren!

    • This Guy

      @ Stephen Neal
      If you knew anything about the history of art or photography you'd know that art can be as abstract as we want. The ideas posed wasn't even hey look at his "art", anyways, it was hey look…Badass! How bout you get off my chive, dickbutt….

    • yomama

      i agree. most of these guys don't appear to be real native americans anyway. #19 could be jake gyllenhaal. and by 1910, living in tepees was pretty much obsolete.

      • aosux

        I think you both are missing the point completely. You are not "badass"

      • Mikey WINS

        100 years ago would have been 2011, YOU DINGLEBERRY

        • Mikey WINS

          I meant 1911! damn my one shot at an internet diss and I blow it!!!!!

          Oh well back to being nice.

          • Ravienne_Cullen


      • shazayam

        Edward Curtis spent many, many years photographing hundreds of different tribes throughout America. He did this to record their existence because it was evident that they would soon dwindle dramatically. Many of these people are from tribes that no longer exist, with names the majority of America is not familiar with. Just because they don't look like what you think they SHOULD look like, does not, in any way, mean they aren't real, genuine, native american.

    • Jorge

      Stephen is right. It's Edward S. Curtis and these photos are incredibly famous.

    • Josh

      This is thechive…..who cares…everything on this website is a joke, funny I mean. You Steven are a joke for having to come in here on a high horse to educate us art illiterate…….mmmmm….me think pictures pretty…….I like!!!! LOL

  • the truth

    These are great.

    Also, it's natives. Indians are from India.

    • http://www.facebook.com/potgut Al Adriel Hinojos

      What about Native Americans who become a citizen of India?

      • http://www.facebook.com/bryan.barbeau Bryan Barbeau

        Native American Indians? Indian Alien Americans. Hmmm. Good questions!

    • Naz1962

      Simple answer: They were referred to as Indians because Columbus thought he had landed in the West Indies, hence he called them 'Indians' – it's where we get the state name 'Indiana' from. We have Indian Councils and Indian Tribal Unions, etc …
      No need to try and force political correctness – just be quiet and hold some reverence for these folks whos land we stole and ravaged. They had a beautiful and wonderful life here, but we lied, cheated, and stole everything they held dear. Fuck political correctness – if they refer to themselves as Indians, who the hell are we to call them anything different?

      • V4Vendetta14

        Get the fuck over it! The Indians were nomadic tribes that followed their food from season to season. The had no permanent structures, and no concept of land ownership. We aren't the first culture to eliminate all competition. Every culture on the planet, at some point, cemented their place in history by eliminating the weaker culture.

        You are using a computer, so I know you don't practice what you preach. You'd be living off the land if you really thought their way of life was so noble.

        • Naz1962

          Wow, you're really an ignorant fuck!
          So then what you're saying is that mass genocide is perfectly alright with you? You're saying it's ok to invade another country and rape their women and children, kill their men, steal their land and possessions, pass out blankets knowingly infected with smallpox, and pretty much destroy their entire way of life because they're different from us?

          Hmmm … this seems startlingly familar and I think the Jewish community would agree!

          Seems like we have another HITLER on our hands here, folks!

          Well listen up, HITLER – it is NOT OK to 'eliminate all competition', as you so coldly put it! It's NOT OK to kill those we think don't deserve their land or way of life because they live a simpler one that's different from our own!

          You seriously need to re-think what you just wrote, because I'm quite sure most would agree that your statement just made you the leading ASSHOLE on Chive this week!

          'Nuff said!

        • Slappy

          Not all were nomadic, and many lived in permanant structures. I imagine you learned your Native American facts from old westerns. Read a book once in a while.

    • zombie

      i just go with injuns

    • dave

      Then all Americans who were born in the US are native Americans too. Your logic is failing somewhat.

    • Knowledge

      Ignorance abounds. They were called Indians long before Columbus came; by centuries. You should have learned that in Junior High when you learned Spain and the Aztecs.

      The reason they were called Indians was because they were Indigenous to the region.

      You just had knowledge dropped on you.

      • Poot


      • BillyBob

        What the hell are you talking about? Spain and the Aztecs??? Columbus was the first European to land in the "New World". What we know today the Turks and Caicos islands and the Bahamas. He never even made it to South America until his 3rd voyage in 1498 and Central America until 1502. He never set foot in North America or seen a Native American. The only ones who knew about Aztecs centuries before where the other Aztecs. Ignorance abounds indeed.

        • Libertariandude

          Other aztecs and other Indians around them…

    • SmokeyTheBear

      Damn dirty engines*

  • skylarrrr

    Makes me proud to be a Cherokee!!

    • Matt

      Plbbt. EVERYBODY is proud to be a Cherokee. They're made fun of by all the other tribes for being a million white people with "Cherokee Great-Grandmothers."

  • http://twitter.com/withquotation @withquotation

    #7 looks just like my Grandpa who has passed. i know both him and my Grandma have "indian" in their blood but have done the research. but 7 looks just like my Grandpa.

    • bdubgnes

      He'll make a beautiful tree.

  • Crystal

    Native Americans are awesome. Seriously awesome.

  • floscar

    #29 that isnt one of those blankets the pilgrims gave you is it?

    • Sean

      #3 has a small pox blanket too

      • bdubgnes

        I can haz a blankit?

  • SweetJesus

    WERE badass? We STILL ARE badass. We're still here motherfuckers! Long live the Ponca Sioux!

    Mahpiya ekta token nitawacin econpi kin, maka akan hecen econpi nunwe. Anpetu kin de taku-yutapi unku-po: ka waunhtanpi kin unkicicazuzu-po, unkis iyecen tona ecinsniyan unkokicihanyanpi hena iyecen wicunkicicazuzupi kin.

    • Crackhead

      Are you wearing red nail polish in your picture? *COUGH* FAG! *COUGH*

    • Naz1962

      Fuck Yeah!

    • tom

      Right, go up to northern AZ and check out the res, nothing badass about it.

    • bdubgnes

      I'm sure you're a force to be reckoned with.

      By today's standards, wouldn't we have called them insurgents back in the day?

    • Matt

      Okay, so you can cut-and-paste a Dakota rosary prayer from a Google search. That doesn't make you Indian. Second, there is no such thing as a "Ponca Sioux." Ponca and Sioux are two DIFFERENT tribes from DIFFERENT places.

      Second, if you want to pretend to speak Sioux, well, here you go:
      MaLakota sni, tuka Chi'kala Lakota wowaglake.

  • Jordan


    • Rabbit

      fuck you invader!

  • Quixote

    I asked him, "Sir, are you a Navajo?" and he responded "No, I'm an Alcoholic."

    • The Real D. Nozzle


      • Ranger

        hahaha Douche

    • Ben

      Dave Chappelle

      • http://twitter.com/Gingergreek @Gingergreek

        No, your name is Ben 😛

        I can;t believe assholes thumbed his comment down?!

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