Curtis made over 10,000 wax cylinder recordings of Indian language and music. He took over 40,000 photographic images from over 80 tribes. He recorded tribal lore and history, and he described traditional foods, housing, garments, recreation, ceremonies, and funeral customs. He wrote biographical sketches of tribal leaders, and his material, in most cases, is the only recorded history.

Curtis made over 10,000 wax cylinder recordings of Indian language and music. He took over 40,000 photographic images from over 80 tribes. He recorded tribal lore and history, and he described traditional foods, housing, garments, recreation, ceremonies, and funeral customs. He wrote biographical sketches of tribal leaders, and his material, in most cases, is the only recorded history.

One of the earliest photos showing a Native American with a wolf - unlike the myths created about wolves by settlers, Indians maintained a close and respectful relationship with wolves.

One of the earliest photos showing a Native American with a wolf - unlike the myths created about wolves by settlers, Indians maintained a close and respectful relationship with wolves.

Olive Oatman, who was held captive and tattooed by the Mohave Indians. The first white woman in the US to be tattooed (~1850s).

Olive Oatman, who was held captive and tattooed by the Mohave Indians. The first white woman in the US to be tattooed (~1850s).

Robert McGee was scalped at age 13 while on the Santa Fe trail in a wagon train near Larned, KS...the rest of his group was slaughtered...this photo was taken 25 years later... unbelievable...

Robert McGee was scalped at age 13 while on the Santa Fe trail in a wagon train near Larned, KS...the rest of his group was slaughtered...this photo was taken 25 years later... unbelievable...

1890's Photo "Rabbit Tail" Shoshone Native American Army Scout

1890's photo "rabbit tail" shoshone native american indian us u.s. army scout

Pulini and Koyame, 1922, Edward S. Curtis. Members of the Walpi tribe in Arizona. This one is strange to me because I thought I was quite familiar with American Indians but I've never heard of the Walpi before nor have I seen this odd hairstyle they wear.

Pulini and Koyame, 1922, Edward S. Curtis. Members of the Walpi tribe in Arizona. This one is strange to me because I thought I was quite familiar with American Indians but I've never heard of the Walpi before nor have I seen this odd hairstyle they wear.

I thought this was quirky and cute…then I read the caption.  For real?!  .  Via weirdvintage:    Sending a child through the post, 1900  “After parcel post service was introduced, at least two children were sent by the service. With stamps attached to their clothing, the children rode with railway and city carriers to their destination. The Postmaster General quickly issued a regulation forbidding the sending of children in the mail after hearing of those examples.”  - Smithsonian

I thought this was quirky and cute…then I read the caption. For real?! . Via weirdvintage: Sending a child through the post, 1900 “After parcel post service was introduced, at least two children were sent by the service. With stamps attached to their clothing, the children rode with railway and city carriers to their destination. The Postmaster General quickly issued a regulation forbidding the sending of children in the mail after hearing of those examples.” - Smithsonian

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