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1800s American Indian Color Prints

In the 1800s when most of these American Indian lithographs were produced Indians roamed free and were treated as independent nations subject to treaties. Some of the lithographs come from "The Indian Tribes of North America" by Thomas McKenney (first head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs) and James Hall, which was originally published starting in 1836.  Others were from United States government survey reports in the 1850s to determine the Mexican and United States border and to find a railroad route to the Pacific. Still later lithographs come from the reports of the Smithsonian Institution Bureau of Ethnology headed by famous Western explorer John Wesley Powell.


Prints From "The Indian Tribes of North America" by Thomas McKenney and James Hall.

 


Lithographs From "Report of the United States and Mexican Boundary Survey."

   


Prints From "Reports of Explorations and Survey to Ascertain the Most Practicable and Economical Route for a Railroad from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean."

 


Prints From "The Medicine Men of the Apache" In John Wesley Powell's Smithsonian Institution Bureau of Ethnology Ninth Annual Report (1887-'88)