Friday, May 22, 2015


This picture shows the ingenious method Indians used to move their camp and belongings. The poles from the tipis were configured onto the horses to create a sled of sort, and then there things were loaded onto the sled. These were called Travois. They were almost as efficient as having wheels.

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Today's picture shows a group of Native Americans on lookout at the top of a mountain. You can see a lake in the background. This is a great picture that our old friend Nate Maas pointed me to.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Indians on Horseback

Today's picture is from 1912, and it shows a group of Native Americans on horseback. I do not recognize the peak in the background but hope one of you visitors could comment on where this picture might be.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Indian Dance

Today's picture shows Atsina Indians dancing on the plains. The picture was taken in 1908 as their native way of life was coming to an end. This is really a great view of  this culture.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Native Men

This is an interesting picture of two Native American Men from 1923. The one man is dressed in a traditional manner, and is holding a well decorated scabbard for a 30-30. the other man is dressed in fine 3 piece suit. It shows the choice this culture had to make at this time . . . stick with the traditional ways, or become westernized.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Indian Camp

Today's picture shows two Native Americans in front of their camp and tipis. The interesting thing is they are beside a camera, and are looking at a roll of negatives, presumably exposures of their camp and family. The picture was taken in 1913, so one would presume that the person who took this picture also had taken pictures earlier and was sharing those results with these men.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Snake Priest

Welcome to Native American Week here at OPOD. We will be looking at pictures of our original people here in the US. We start with this picture of a Hopi Snake Priest. The picture was taken in 1910.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Trailer Family

This is a picture from 1936 that shows a family living in a trailer park. Actually they appear to be doing very well compared to many things we have seen from this era. They look well dressed, and have a roof over their heads.