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All birds, even those of the same species are not alike, and it is the same with animals as with human beings. The reason Wakantanka does not make two birds, or two animals, or humans exactly alike is because each is placed here by Wakantanka to be an independent individuality and to rely on its self. —Shooter, Teton Sioux

Vash Gon - Jicarilla. Photo by Edward Curtis around 1907-1930. His work did do its part to perpetuate the "noble savage" stereotype, but they're still beautiful photographs that recognize the humanity of the subjects.

Chief from the Blackfeet Teton band of the Lakota Sioux, later presiding as a Lakota chief. His warrior name was Ma-tow-a-tak-pe or Charging Bear and he fought at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

If the Great Spirit has desired me to be a white man he would have made me so in the first place. He put in your heart certain wishes and plans; in my heart he put other and different desires. Each man is good in the sight of the Great Spirit. It is not necessary for eagles to be crows. Now we are poor but we are free. No white man controls our footsteps. If we must die, we die defending our rights. --Sitting Bull - Teton Sioux

from Etsy

The Sioux Chief and Woman Native American Photochrome Portrait Print

The Sioux Chief