|Great Bear and Yellow Dog (Winnebago),
late 19th century
National Museum of the American Indian
Is this an actual portrait of contrasting lifestyles? Or are these fellows dressing up for the camera? Views of the future often split Native Americans into two philosophical camps. Should people fight to retain the old ways-and was it even possible to live the old ways on confining reservations? Or did the welfare of the children lie in learning the ways of the whites?