Originally located in northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington. The Cayuse placed a high premium on warfare and were skilled horsemen, often using their horse-riding prowess to intimidate enemies.

The Cayuse called themselves the Liksiyu in the Cayuse language. They developed the Cayuse pony.

The Cayuse were known for their bravery and as horsemen. They bred their ponies for speed and endurance, developing what is now called the Cayuse horse.

Originally Cayuse clothes were made of shredded cedar bark, deerskin, or rabbit skin. However with the influence of the Great plains tribes they began to use buffalo hides to make their clothes. The clothes worn by the men varied according to the season but generally they wore breechcloths and leggings, shirts, moccasins and robes. Blankets and gloves were frequently used to keep out the cold. It was customary to decorate their clothes with fringes.

Breastplates were worn for decoration purposes as were armbands, wristbands and anklets. Headdresses were made of feathers, some used a 'standup' design of headdresses others were magnificent feather headdresses that trailed to the floor. The Cayuse horseman wears a halo style headdress with bison horns. Their hair was kept long and decorated with beads and plaits for special occasions.

The women of the Cayuse tribe wore long dresses that covered them from the neck to their ankles. The women also wore knee length moccasins during the winter. Cayuse Clothes were decorated with beads made from a variety of materials that included shells, pebbles, claws, bones, nuts, seeds, porcupine quills, horns, pieces of metal and bird talons.

 Ida How-Lish-Te-Moew-Na - Cayuse - 1900

 David Young - Cayuse - 1900

 Cayuse men - 1900

 Cayuse men - 1900

 Edna Kash-Kash - Cayuse - 1900

 Anna Kash-Kash - Cayuse - 1900

 Julius Williams - Cayuse - 1900

 Stella Williams - Cayuse - 1900

 Stella Williams - Cayuse - 1900

 Victor Williams - Cayuse - 1900

 Philip Jones - Cayuse - 1900

 Ku-Massag - Cayuse - 1900

 Kupt - Cayuse - 1900

 Cayuse women - 1900

 Ume-Som-Kin, Ka-Lit-In - Cayuse - 1900

 Pa-Loots-Poo - Cayuse - 1900

 Jennie Peo - Cayuse - 1900

Responses to "Stunning Portraits of Cayuse People From The Early 1900s"

  1. Love the history and the clothes

  2. Anonymous says:

    I'm fascinated with Native Americans, because the area I live in, was settled by the Mohawk (Iroquois). My husband's ancestors were related to the Algonquin. So, I still want to learn as much as I can about the American Indian Tribes, then and now.

  3. Anonymous says:

    My ex-wife was 1/8 Blackfoot so my kids are 1/16. They are very proud to be part Native American. As thanks my youngest has given me Native American items such as a very large oval painting of a buffalo being hunted by them with beaded feathers dangling from the wall hanging, and a somewhat heavy but very detailed bust of a chief. I am buying her either arrowheads or a peace/war pipe for Christmas to honor her heritage. 1 of my son-in-laws justified the US govt under Pres Jackson taking the lands from the Seminoles in violation of treaties I jumped on his case so hard he dropped the matter and never spoke of it again. That was 3 years ago.

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