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Magnificent portraits of the original settlers of Western Canada

July 7, 2016

Harry Pollard is a studio photographer based in Calgary, in these images he captures the essence of the members of First Nations in and around Western Canada and Alberta.

The Tsuu T’ina are one of the groups captured in photographs by Harry, with an ever decreasing population the group has gone from over 2,000 to a couple hundred people.

This series includes portraits of the Kainai, Siksika and the Piikani. They are the 3 original peoples of the Blackfoot Confederacy, who, traditionally, hunt bison across the plains of Canada and North Western America. In the 20th century these related nomadic nations were forced to settle on reservations.

“Spring Chief.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

Shot by Harry Pollard, a prominent studio photographer in Calgary, these photos capture members of several First Nations around Alberta and western Canada.

Among the groups represented are the Tsuu T’ina, whose population had dwindled to just a few hundred at the time of these photographs and has since rebounded to more than 2,000 individuals.

Also included are portraits of the Siksika, Kainai, and Piikani, the three “original people” of the Blackfoot Confederacy, a group of related nomadic nations who traditionally hunted bison across the vast plains of northwestern America and Canada but were forced to settle on reservations by the start of the 20th century.

“Rabbit Carrier.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Big Belly, Tsuu T’ina chief.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Mrs. Thomas of Tsuu T’ina Nation.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Martin Horses of the Kainai Nation.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Joe Big Plume of Tsuu T’ina Nation.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Lone Walker.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Wolfe Caller of Siksika Nation.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Wolfe Teeth of Nakoda Nation.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Peter Wesley, Nakoda Nation.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Red Leggings.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Chief Duck.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Wide Face Chief of Piikani Nation.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Calf Robe.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Old Tom, Tsuu T’ina Nation.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Assiniboine camp.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Siksika Council.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Martin Breaker, Nakoda Nation.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Jim Rabbit, Kainai Nation.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Betty Hunter, Nakoda Nation.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Wolfe Robe.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Lone Walking Buffalo, Nakoda Nation.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Running Antelope, Tsuu T’ina shaman.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Herbert Lawrence of Siksika Nation.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Raw Eater of Siksika Nation.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Woman smoking meat.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Chief White Head, Nakoda chief.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Savage Hunting Eagle, Nakoda Nation.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

“Walking Buffalo of Nakoda Nation.”

Image: Harry Pollard/Provincial Archives of Alberta

Source:http://mashable.com/2016/07/01/alberta-first-nations/#roe75NUbRkq2

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