1800s-1900s Portraits Of Native American Teen Girls Show Their Unique Beauty And Style

These rare and beautiful vintage portraits of Native American girls were taken between the late 1800s and the turn of the 19th Century, yet despite being over a century old, many of them are still surprisingly clear.

Women were well respected in traditional Native American culture, and although they generally had different roles from men, they often had the same rights as their male counterparts. They usually owned the home along with everything in it, and in some tribes, while the chief was a man, it was the women who were responsible for electing him. Because women’s activities were considered central to the welfare of the community, this gave them a certain level of social, political and economic power, and even today approximately 25% of Native American tribes recognised by the federal government of the United States are led by women. (h/t: vintage everyday)

 #1 Marcia Pascal, Half-cherokee, Daughter Of U.s. Army Officer George W. Paschal, 1880s

Marcia Pascal,  Half-cherokee, Daughter Of U.s. Army Officer George W. Paschal, 1880s

 #2 O-o-be, The Kiowas, 1894

O-o-be, The Kiowas, 1894

 #3 Native American Girl, 1870-1900

Native American Girl,  1870-1900

#4 Cherokee Nanyehi, Lakota

Cherokee Nanyehi, Lakota

 #5 Hattie Tom, Apache, 1899, By Frank A. Rinehart

Hattie Tom, Apache, 1899, By Frank A. Rinehart

#6 Gertrude Three Finger, Cheyenne, 1869-1904, By William E. Irwin

Gertrude Three Finger, Cheyenne, 1869-1904, By William E. Irwin

 #7 Unidentified Native American Girl, Lakota, 1890

Unidentified Native American Girl, Lakota, 1890

 #8 Elsie Vance Chestuen, Chiricahua

Elsie Vance Chestuen, Chiricahua

 #9 Native American Girl In Traditional Dress

Native American Girl In Traditional Dress

 #10 Taos Pueblo Tribe Girl, 1880-1890

Taos Pueblo Tribe Girl, 1880-1890

 #11 Hopi Girl, 1895

Hopi Girl, 1895

 #12 Tsawatenok Girl, 1914, By Edward Curtis

Tsawatenok Girl, 1914, By Edward Curtis

 #13 A Young Ute Woman, 1880-1900

A Young Ute Woman, 1880-1900

 #14 A Kiowa Girl, 1892

A Kiowa Girl, 1892

 #15 Pretty Nose, Cheyenne, 1878, By L. A. Huffman