The Native American people dwelled North America since the Stone Age. Their ability to create a perfect equilibrium with the surrounding nature was not something that many other cultures had reached as much throughout history. This population was able to live  in the Prairies, Great Lakes areas, coasts and the Canyons without exploiting their potential beyond the necessity and make use of its fauna only when required, finding this perfect compromise between need and respect of the ecosystem.

When Brits, the French, Dutch or Irish people landed to the continent, what they found was a territory for the most part uncontaminated. That was quite odd considering that people had been there for almost as much as Europeans had been in their own countries. It took little time for the white men to exterminate and rule the Natives. However, only in the mid 1800s the Europeans managed to conquer the West with their howitzers and rifles and millions of people got slaughtered. It is important to mention that most of the population had previously been wiped out when the first Europeans arrived. In fact, between the 1492 and the 1550, from the 80 to the 95% of Natives Americans died due to diseases such as Measles, Chicken Pox and Scarlet Fever.

During the conquest of the West, the United States were mainly formed on its Eastern side. Very few survivors of the colonisation were finally killed, leaving a genetic footprint only withing those Indian reservations that the white men had spared.

From that period a few photographical documents have remained, one of which being the one by Ed Curtis, illustrating the sad descent of this extraordinary population.

In the gallery there are pictures of girls coming from different tribes. Taken between the 1870 and the 1900, those girls tell us, with their expressions, the tragedy of that which has been the greatest genocide of history.

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Matteo Rubboli

I am a publisher specialised in the digital distribution of culture and founder of the portal Vanilla Magazine. I don't wear a tie or branded clothes, I keep my hair short so I don't have to comb it. That's not my fault but just the way I've been drawn as...

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