Vintage Photos Of Canada’s First Nations People (1880s)

In 1884, Alex Ross (1851-1894) moved from Winnipeg to Calgary, Alberta, where he opened a photographic studio. He is best remembered for his portraits of First Nations people, such as the Tsuu T’ina (then known as Sarcee) and the Blackfoot.

 

First Nations man, Alberta. Date: [ca. 1886-1890]

First Nations man, Alberta.
Date: [ca. 1886-1890]

First Nations man and his wife. Date: 1886

First Nations man and his wife.
Date: 1886

Three young Blackfoot men, Calgary, Alberta. Date: [ca. 1887]

Three young Blackfoot men, Calgary, Alberta.
Date: [ca. 1887]

Bobtail, Cree chief, Alberta. Date: 1886

Bobtail, Cree chief, Alberta.
Date: 1886

 Blackfoot man. Date: [ca. 1885-1894]

Blackfoot man.
Date: [ca. 1885-1894]

Blackfoot man, Alberta. Date: [ca. 1887]

Blackfoot man, Alberta.
Date: [ca. 1887]

Blackfoot boys. Date: [ca. 1886-1894]

Blackfoot boys.
Date: [ca. 1886-1894]

Blackfoot women. Date: [ca. late 1880s]

Blackfoot women.
Date: [ca. late 1880s]

Sarcee (Tsuu T'ina) woman, Katie, and baby, Calgary, Alberta. Date: [ca. 1887]

Sarcee (Tsuu T’ina) woman, Katie, and baby, Calgary, Alberta.
Date: [ca. 1887]

Blackfoot woman and child. Date: [ca. late 1880s]

Blackfoot woman and child.
Date: [ca. late 1880s]

Three young Blackfoot men. Date: [ca. 1887]

Three young Blackfoot men.
Date: [ca. 1887]

Two Sarcee (Tsuu T'ina) girls. Date: [ca. 1887]

Two Sarcee (Tsuu T’ina) girls.
Date: [ca. 1887]

Sarcee (Tsuu T'ina) people moving camp on outskirts of Calgary, Alberta. Date: [ca. 1887]

: Sarcee (Tsuu T’ina) people moving camp on outskirts of Calgary, Alberta.
Date: [ca. 1887]

Sarcee (Tsuu T'ina) man. Date: [ca. 1887]

Sarcee (Tsuu T’ina) man.
Date: [ca. 1887]

Blackfoot warrior with sword. Date: [ca. 1887]

Blackfoot warrior with sword.
Date: [ca. 1887]

"Joseph", Blackfoot man. Date: [ca. 1887]

“Joseph”, Blackfoot man.
Date: [ca. 1887]

Rabbit Carrier, Blackfoot. Date: [ca. 1887-1889]

Rabbit Carrier, Blackfoot.
Date: [ca. 1887-1889]

Blackfoot man. Date: [ca. 1886-1889]

Blackfoot man.
Date: [ca. 1886-1889]

 Crowfoot, Blackfoot Chief. Date: 1887

Crowfoot, Blackfoot Chief.
Date: 1887

Chief Owl, Blackfoot. Date: [ca. 1886]

Chief Owl, Blackfoot.
Date: [ca. 1886]

Sarcee (Tsuu T'ina) tipis, west of Calgary, Alberta. Date: [ca. 1886-1889]

Sarcee (Tsuu T’ina) tipis, west of Calgary, Alberta.
Date: [ca. 1886-1889]

Two of the first pupils at the Blackfoot Anglican School. Date: [ca. 1886]

Two of the first pupils at the Blackfoot Anglican School.
Date: [ca. 1886]

Rabbit Carrier, Blackfoot. Date: [ca. 1886-1894]

Rabbit Carrier, Blackfoot.
Date: [ca. 1886-1894]

First Nations camp near first Hudson's Bay Company store at Fort Calgary, Alberta. Date: [ca. 1886]

First Nations camp near first Hudson’s Bay Company store at Fort Calgary, Alberta.
Date: [ca. 1886]

Blackfoot women with baby on her back. Date: [ca. 1886]

Blackfoot women with baby on her back.
Date: [ca. 1886]

Crowfoot, Head Chief of the Blackfoot. Date: 1887

Crowfoot, Head Chief of the Blackfoot.
Date: 1887

Via: Glenbow Archives