Navajo woman and baby. Historically, the structure of the Navajo society is largely a matrilineal system, in which women owned livestock and land. Once married, a Navajo man would move to live with his bride in her dwelling and among her mother's people and clan. The children are "born to" and belong to the mother's clan, and are "born for" the father's clan.
☆ Here is a 1900 family from the Comanche Nation. The elder man is Ta-Ten-e-quer and his wife, Ta-Tat-ty. Their niece is Wife-per or Frances Wright. Her father was a Buffalo Soldier who deserted and married into the Comanches. Henry (left) and Lorenzano (right) are the sons of Frances. Within the fabric of American identity is woven a story that has long been invisible—the lives and experiences of people who share African and Frist Nation descent, their double heritage is truly…
Ground Spider, Oglala Sioux, by Heyn Photo, 1899
Cowboy, c. 1890 Jace Parker Seth's brother train and stage robber shot by Liquid Silver