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During the 1950's and 1960's the shutterbugs clicked away making postcards of various Indians and Indian communities.  Naturally these were popular with the tourists who used to send one back home from vacation.

You don't see many of these today, because "enough is enough" the people said.  Many of the postcards were out and out disrespectful.  Others, however, provide a window into the cultures of Native American people.  We have selected some of the best of these to share with you.


Young Cheyenne Mother and Child
Frontier Photographer L.A. Huffman
Huffman Pictures of the Old West
J. Coffrin - 1968


Chiefs and Medicine Men

People always liked a chief or a medicine man.  The chiefs pretty well stereotyped the real "Indian".  But a few honestly portrayed the true person.  You can tell the difference in the examples below.


Medicine Man
Petley Studios

Indian Sash Maker
Barnes and Caplin - 1960

Moses One Feather, Sioux
Crandall Studios

Indian Warrior
A. Devaney - 1962



Chief Running Horse
Bob Petley - 1957

Black Elk, Oglala Chief
Pikes Peak Litho - 1957



Indian Chief
Scenic Art - 1962