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You are viewing a rare image of a Wichita Grass-house. It was taken in 1927 by Edward S. Curtis. The image shows a nice view of this traditional Wachita Home. We have created this collection of images primarily to serve as an easy to access educational tool. Contact curator@old-picture.com. Image ID# FB94850E

Here for your enjoyment is an interesting photograph of an Indian Grass House in the Cahuilla Desert in California. It was made in 1924 by Edward S. Curtis. The photo illustrates a grass home used by the Indians of North America.

The Cherokee never had princesses. This is a concept based on European folktales and has no reality in Cherokee history and culture. In fact, Cherokee women were very powerful. They owned all the houses and fields, and they could marry and divorce as they pleased. Kinship was determined through the mother's line. Clan mothers administered justice in many matters. Beloved women were very special women chosen for their outstanding qualities. As in other aspects of Cherokee culture, there was a…

Grass house of the Wichita Indians near Anadarko, Oklahoma, is cone shape with a thatch of long grass laid in tiers that overlap like shingles. The Wichita have been identified historically with Quivirans that the Coronado expedition encountered in south-central Kansas in 1541. The group moved south into what is now Oklahoma early in the eighteenth century where they are located today. Photo taken between 1890 and 1899.

When you need to get the real story about some of history's most fascinating women, call Stacy Schiff. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author's work includes Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) and Cleopatra: A Life. In her highly anticipated new book, The Witches: Salem, 1692, Schiff focuses on an infamous and dark period of American history, especially as it relates to women: the Salem witch trials.