Thursday

Navajo blanket weaver

Navajo woman weaving
Blanket weaver - Navaho (from The North American Indian; v.01).

Description by Edward S. Curtis: The Navaho-land blanket looms are in evidence everywhere. In the winter months they are set up in the hogans, but during the summer they are erected outdoors under an improvised shelter, or, as in this case, beneath a tree. The simplicity of the loom and its product are here clearly shown, pictured in the early morning light under a large cottonwood. NOTES 1 photogravure : brown ink ; 35 x 43 cm. Original photogravure produced in Boston by John Andrew & Son, c1904. Original source: The Apache. The Jicarillas. The Navaho [portfolio] ; plate no. 34 Seattle : E.S. Curtis, 1907.
Northwestern University Library, Edward S. Curtis's 'The North American Indian': the Photographic Images,

Saturday

Crow Indian Chiefs

Crow Indian Chiefs in Montana

Crow Indian Chiefs, captured at Custer Battlefield, Montana, Nov.7th and imprisoned at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. Nov. 15th 1887.
[Crazy-Head, Looks-with-his-Ears, Rock, The-Man-that-carries-his-food, Bank, Deaf Bull, Big-Hail-Stone, and Crazy-Head's Son].

This photo was taken between circa and circa

Friday

Chief Severo and family

public domain family Ute Indian portrait from 1800's
Chief Severo - Aaron Bear - and family @ 1899 of the Ute tribe
Original copyright in 1899 by the Detroit Photographic Company.
This image was obviously taken in black and white and retouched later.

Sadly not much is known about Chief Severo except that he was Ute Captain of Indian Police and this is only known from a photograph in the Denver Public Library Digital Collections which states that fact. In that photo he is wearing a metal badge which reads "Indian Police".
During the 1880's Indian police performed all law enforcement duties on their own reservations.  These police forces first appeared when the federal government relocated tribes to Indian Territory.
Captain Severo's duties would have included maintaining law and order, maintaining the jail, and being a scout.

REFERENCE: Encyclopedia of The Great Plains

Tuesday

My words are like the stars that never change.

The only known existing photo of Chief Seattle (1864)

Chief Seattle (Si'ahl) 1780 - 1866 was a Dkhw’Duw’Absh (Duwamish) chief.

A beautiful speech in favor of ecological responsibility and respect of native Americans' land rights has been attributed to him. It includes the quote: “Man does not weave this web of life. He is merely a strand of it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.” These however are not his words but a speech written in 1972 by a screenwriter for a documentary about the environment.

Chief Seattle's speech has a much darker, more haunting message about the God of the white man and the end of the Red Man walking on the earth.

"Our dead never forget this beautiful world that gave them being. They still love its verdant valleys, its murmuring rivers, its magnificent mountains, sequestered vales and verdant lined lakes and bays, and ever yearn in tender fond affection over the lonely hearted living, and often return from the happy hunting ground to visit, guide, console, and comfort them."

Read his full speech here

Wednesday

Chased-by-Bears

Sioux Indians @ 1900
Sioux Indians at Prince Albert, Saskatchewan,
University of Saskatchewan Library, Special Collections.

"When a man does a piece of work which is admired by all we say that it is wonderful; but when we see the changes of day and night, the sun, the moon, and the stars in the sky, and the changing seasons upon the earth, with their ripening fruits,
 anyone must realize that it is the work of someone more powerful than man.”
- Chased-by-Bears, Santee-Yanktonai Sioux  (1843-1915)