An Apache woman with her baby. Photograph taken in 1903 by Edward S. Curtis.

An Apache woman with her baby. Photograph taken in 1903 by Edward S. Curtis.

The Iroquois women had something over on us. Instead of our suburban nuclear family huts, all isolated from one another, and the inhabitants inside all quietly, or not so quietly going mad--the Iroquois women lived in communal female groups. At odds with what the bearded white 19th-century anthropologists believed, that Native American women were beaten and downtrodden by their men--the Iroquois ladies OWNED the longhouses. OWNED. They shared work and food production and child care duties.

The Iroquois women had something over on us. Instead of our suburban nuclear family huts, all isolated from one another, and the inhabitants inside all quietly, or not so quietly going mad--the Iroquois women lived in communal female groups. At odds with what the bearded white 19th-century anthropologists believed, that Native American women were beaten and downtrodden by their men--the Iroquois ladies OWNED the longhouses. OWNED. They shared work and food production and child care duties.

Strikes One with a Lance  Artist: Richard Throssel  Artist Bio: American, 1882 - 1933  Creation Date: c. 1910  Process: gelatin silver print

Strikes One with a Lance Artist: Richard Throssel Artist Bio: American, 1882 - 1933 Creation Date: c. 1910 Process: gelatin silver print

This image of Crazy Horse was allegedly taken just before his death in 1877, but it’s authenticity has been disputed since for most of his life he refused to be photographed. (Wikimedia Commons)

This image of Crazy Horse was allegedly taken just before his death in 1877, but it’s authenticity has been disputed since for most of his life he refused to be photographed. (Wikimedia Commons)

23 Beautiful Color Photos of Native Americans in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

23 Beautiful Color Photos of Native Americans in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

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