They represent much that has to do with motherhood, of yesterday and today. Steeped in Native Pride, love and tradition.

“It seemed as if the spiritual and social tapestry they had created for centuries was unraveling. Everything lost that sacred balance. And ever since, we have been striving to return to the harmony we once had. It has been a difficult task. The odds against us have been formidable. But despite everything that has happened to us, we have never given up and will never give up.” Wilma Mankiller

They provide for all of us: function, survival and beauty. If someone really wants to know what’s really important to Native communities, they’d just talk to the moms and the grandmas.

We have never given up and will never give up.”

We can judge the health of Native nations by the health of our mothers and grandmothers; if Native mothers and grandmothers are not well, we are not well.

Native Moms: Happy Mother’s Day. Thank you for never giving up. Thank you for continuing to believe in us even when we don’t deserve your faith and love. We would have been literally extinct if not for your incredible faith and love. Enjoy your weekend.

Written by Gyasi Ross, Blackfeet Nation

Responses to "Native Mothers Through The Years: a Collection of Images From Around The Web"

  1. what beautiful pictures of a beautiful people

  2. Anonymous says:

    awesome pictures. Thanks for sharing them.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Very nice.

  4. Awesome! The look of pride!

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  6. Unknown says:

    So very beautiful.

  7. Anonymous says:

    loved the beautiful pictures and the sweet babies

  8. Anonymous says:

    So lovely these pics are so beautiful of the mothers and their beautiful babies :-)

  9. jobee1940 says:

    The love and pride shows in these pictures. Heart rendering.

  10. Unknown says:

    Beautiful pictures . We only get one mother and she should be cherished πŸ’πŸ’

  11. Anonymous says:

    awwww beautiful pictures .. I have Native American daughters and they are beautiful :)

  12. Woman was given the honor of bringing forth life from love. Because of this, it's always about love for Woman.

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  14. Anonymous says:

    Gratitude for sharing your collection with us, they are the most amazing natural beautiful people I've ever seen! ;)

  15. Anonymous says:

    I so appreciate your sharing these beautiful pictures. I am so thankful this wonderful race of people survived. I pray they flourish and keep coming on strong.

  16. Love, strength, and happiness. Thank you for sharing these beautiful, courageous women.

  17. Love, strength, and happiness. Thank you for sharing these beautiful, courageous women.

  18. Unknown says:

    Please ensure that the mother & child know mother nature more than father time!

  19. Unknown says:

    you bathed me as your dreams
    clothed me weaving your fears

    taught me the art of balancing life
    with soft rotis & hard tight slaps

    when words eluded my worldview
    your lovely eyes became the voice

    years have rolled like mist & fog
    yet crisp as the dawn is still YOU

    ‘times i wonder, do i truly love you
    specially when you talk to plants

    everytime a bird or butterfly peeps
    i die seeing your childish squeaks!

    You told always that i am my name
    YET not name, fame, game & dame

    Said that the divinity of mankind
    defines both the man & the GOD

    To say that you are my “Adi Guru”
    is like showing a candle to the Sun

    showed me how to embrace death
    & bring forth life, “I LOVE YOU, mummy”

    It is always a fallen fruit that the mother gives womb to readily, how else will the seed nourish. Yesterday’s failure showed me my limitations, todays dawn gives me the opportunity to renew my vigour with experience as my rearview mirror, enthusiasm as my nature and purpose in the foresight.

    The winds whisper a daily prayer as i wake up:
    when will you sprout & surface… the stars are wondering & the moon is complaining… the sun is doing a severe penance to know why a seed forgot to say hi!

    …now my days are nights & nights nightmares
    oh seed sprout plz …

    chants of yester years have tuned into plants
    the answer is no longer in the winds alone

    the rain washes the earth renew in breath
    The pregnant clouds kiss the hill tops too

    time to lay down the ego at the alter of self
    sow seeds in a prayerful manner & bow out

    Warm self in the company of one family
    reaping the fruits in turns till the Garden IS, Ha!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Some truly gorgeous photographs. I love it.

  21. Thank you so much for showing these wonderful photos

  22. Unknown says:

    Humanity in it's finest form .....

  23. Anonymous says:

    Comforting, precious, moving pictures. Thank You

  24. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful mothers and their beautiful babies. So glad someone photographed them, and now their faces will remain for eternity.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Haawaa (thank you) for sharing these pictures. <3 I adore native women who embrace their heritage. I love being a young Haida woman and I hope when I have my own children that I can have beautiful pictures like these taken with my kids. Haawaa once again. <3

  26. Anonymous says:

    So touching; beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Anyone knows what tribe the mother and child in the fifth picture is from?

  28. Russ Lampertz says:

    ABSOLUTELY MAGNIFICANT. Thank You For The Great Photographs Of The Life Givers and The Future.

  29. Nice to see a happy family

  30. Unknown says:

    Beautiful people.

  31. Unknown says:

    you only have ONE Mother love her and treat her right forever and a day.beautiful collection of photographs. :)

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  33. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for sharing.............

  34. Lynn M. says:

    to all my girls. Daughters of the wolves,bears,turtles and others,of powerful body and spirit.We keep our cubs matter how far they roam. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

  35. Renie says:

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures of Mothers through the years. I loved each and every one of the.

    D. Irene Gardnedr

  36. Like these pictures, they are so different!

  37. in fact beautiful words

  38. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful mother's beautiful children..❤

  39. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for the beautiful pictures of mothers and their children.

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