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

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  • llama beans

    Penn & Teller did a special about Indian Gaming Casinos on their Showtime show, "Bullshit". Quite enlightening. About 95% of all the money earned at indian casinos is distributed to about twenty indians. The rest of the indians hardly get a thing. Seems to me like indians are now starving themselves.

  • llama beans

    The only "badass" indians are the Seminole. They're the only tribe that didn't sign a treaty with the US government.

    • Matt

      You realize that there are 500 Indian nations and 371 treaties, right? So by mathematics alone, you're wrong. And most of those 371 treaties were with the same tribal groups repeatedly. There are literally SCORES of tribes who never signed treaties. Perhaps you might have intended to comment on the only tribe who had never been defeated in a military conflict with the U.S.? That would be the Hopi, by the way.

  • jaredallas

    I hate to rain on the parade, because these do look very cool. But, during this time, it became popular among some photographers to go out and get the Natives to dress up in stereotypical garb for photo ops. Usually it was improper outfits and this was an insult. I know some of these are Edward S. Curtis, who you should look up, but I would guess there are probably Alexander Gardner photos too, which is possibly worse.

  • Rummy54

    Fuck yea for natives! tohono o odham here!

  • Derka

    #25 Looks like they are about to go battle

  • trashley

    Those bastards are everywhere in ND

  • http://www.thechive.com Elbow

    #6 if he saw that the guys on Jersey shore were sporting his hair cut, I wouldn't want to be them, man is scary looking.

  • Jorge

    And by "rare" you mean google "Edward S. Curtis photography" or "pictures of Native Americans"?

  • EZEE


    Do you know, when your laxative is going to work?

  • Satanas

    "camera took soul"

  • brandon

    Sure wish they would've taught us to grow giant corn! Re-spect

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

    Wonderful pics and that is that needs to be said

  • http://dirtyphysics.blogspot.com/ Jtokyo

    Anyone think #12 looks like Bob Einstein? Aka Super Dave Osborne

  • Hugh Jaynus

    If they are so badass why are they all dead? White man FTMFW

  • LOLA

    ~~ YIPPIE ~~

  • Ash

    Your souls, they've been stoled!

  • izzy

    hmmmm, this are some awesome pictures…but whenever i imagined a native american (their facial features at least, etc)…..only a few of the ones here actually look native american to me…..the others just kinda look mexican…..?

    • Mike

      That is why Mexicans have a greater right to be in this continent that you European descendants.

  • zdrake13

    #3 come at me bro

  • CaptainObvious

    If they were BA they would have invented ships that could sail across the Atlantic so they could conquer Europe.

  • buuillis

    they had sick HQ digital cameras back then….

  • Spartacus

    # 23 looks like Chief Wild Eagle off F-Troop, when are these guys ancestors claim back their ancestral lands

  • Jim

    I don’t mean to be a kill joy but the so called “Native Americans” emigrated here just like the rest of us. Regardless if it was 50,000 years ago or 200 years ago makes no difference and until someone produces proof that a species of Homo sapiens developed independent of the ones that came out of Africa than there is no such thing as a “Native American Homo sapien.

  • steveo

    Native Americans are AWESOME!
    Just ask a Mammoth, oh wait…………….never mind

  • bkfrijoles

    Fucking Awesome

  • eric

    around the time these photos were taken, white photographers went around with trunks of headdresses, clothes and makeup to make native Americans look more native and wild. A lot of photos of native Americans are not accurate of what native Americans life really was like. Not to say that all of these were doctored like that though. Still cool but the title is bad.

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