Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Indians on Horseback

Today's picture is from 1912, and it shows a group of Native Americans on horseback. I do not recognize the peak in the background but hope one of you visitors could comment on where this picture might be.


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  2. I'm going to take a wild guess here, Grinnell Point in Glacier National Park, Montana. I would go so far to say it's along the Swiftcurrent Creek. Although the Park was established in 1910, the Blackfeet Indian nation still maintained their presence throughout the park as their reservation exists on the East side of Glacier.

    Let me know what you discover from this picture. Cheers.

    Picture Behind Swiftcurrent Lodge:

  3. My first guess would have been practically any triangular mountain in the Rockies from Jackson Hole north. I looked at Wikipedia's article on Glacier and didn't see anything that looked exactly like this. However, every mountain looks a bit different depending on the angle it's viewed from. I looked at Canada's Glacier Park too, and there are similar mountains there. Even in SE Alaska, but Indians dressed like this wouldn't have been that far north. So Tyler may well be right, but it could be a bunch of other mountains too. It's clearly taken somewhere that Plains Indians could easily get to, as the garb and weapons belong to one of the Plains tribes. Since Glacier has Plains on both sides, and a reservation on each side, that would argue it's one of the many peaks in what's now Glacier Park. Very dramatic picture, showing the geology of the region as well as the group of Indians.

  4. Blackfoot at the Landmark, 1912

    Blackfoot at the Landmark. The Blackfoot Confederacy is the name given to four Native American tribes in the Northwestern Plains, which include the North Piegan the South Piegan, the Blood, and the Siksika tribes. Photo by Edward S. Curtis. Vintage image restored by Kathy Weiser-Alexander.

  5. I was unable to add photos to the comment thread so I posted a few pictures on my blog. Please check out,

    My evidence is a picture of my buddies standing close to the exact spot the Native Americans were standing at nearly a century beforehand. The flanks and ridges of Grinnell Point in the photo I have are nearly identical to the original 1912 photo. Let me know your thoughts, Cheers.

  6. Very cool Tyler, you have nailed it!


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