Category Archives: 20th Century

A Samoan chief in full ceremonial costume.

Samoan chief ceremonial dress. Traditional Oceania native costume.

Samoan chief in ceremonial dress

A Samoan chief in full ceremonial costume.

Plaques of mother-of-pearls form the chief ornaments in the front of the head-dress, while the collar is of sperm-whale teeth. Apia, Samoa.

From the book: Living Races of Mankind. A popular illustrated account of the customs, habits, pursuits, feasts, and ceremonies of the races of mankind throughout the world by Henry Neville Hutchinson (1856-1927), John Walter Gregory and Richard Lydekke. Published by Hutchinson & Co. Paternoster Row, London 1902.

Samoyedic peoples from the island Novaya Zemlya

Island Novaya Zemlya clothing. Samoyedic traditional clothing. Laps dress.

Samoyedic peoples from the island Novaya Zemlya

Samoyedic peoples from the island Novaya Zemlya

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Zulu warrior with weapons in 1902.

Zulu, warrior, dress, weapons, Traditional, South Africa, native, costume,

Zulu warrior

Zulu warrior with weapons in 1902.

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Baroda Nautch girls

Traditional Gujarat Nautch girls dance costumes. India folk dress.

Nautch girls from Baroda

Baroda Nautch girls 1902.

The girls turn round and round, with much waving of the arms, accompanied by the music of tom-toms and other instruments.

Baroda (Vadodara) was a princely state of British India in the present state of Gujarat.

From the book: Living Races of Mankind. A popular illustrated account of the customs, habits, pursuits, feasts, and ceremonies of the races of mankind throughout the world, by Henry Neville Hutchinson (1856-1927), John Walter Gregory and Richard Lydekke. Published by Hutchinson & Co. Paternoster Row, London 1902.

Woman of the African Fanti tribe of Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire 1930s

African Fanti tribe of ghana costume.

Fanti woman. Ethnic group of the Akan, Ivory Coast.

Woman of the African Fanti tribe of Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire 1930s.

The Fante belong to the ethnic group of the Akan and live mainly in the Central Region in southern Ghana. The Fante (or Fanti) came in the 15th century with Europeans in contact, as the Portuguese and the Spaniards drove along the coast of West Africa. With them related Aschanti the Fante since the rise of the Ashanti Empire lived in constant fighting, as the Fante with the allied British, the Ashanti restricted the access to the sea and thus to trade with the Europeans. Famous are the so-called asafo-companies of the Fante, a kind of warrior societies today with far-reaching social significance.

Gallery: The dark continent; Africa, the landscape and the people by Hugo Adolf Bernatzik

Maori village New Zealand 1913.

Maori village. Indigenous people. Aotearoa New Zealand costumes

Maori village, New Zealand 1913

Maori village New Zealand.

From the book: Picturesque New Zealand (1913) by Paul Gooding. Photography by Muir & Moodie; and Josiah Martin.

Māori Wahine New Zealand with pendent heitiki

Māori, Wahine, costumes, kiwi, feathers, pendent, heitiki, Traditional, New Zealand, dress

Māori Wahine 1913

Māori Wahine, New Zealand 1913.

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The Ducal Haka, Rotorua. New Zealand 1913.

Poi dance, Maori, Māori warriors, piu-pius, battle, New Zealand, Tribal

The Ducal Haka, Rotorua. New Zealand 1913

The Ducal Haka, Rotoroa Island. New Zealand 1913.

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Tattoo Art on Boy from Myanmar.

Tattoo Art. Burma clothing. Myanmar body art. Traditional Myanmar costume

Boy from Burma with tattoo 1900

Tattoo Art on Boy from Burma (Myanmar), West Indies, 1900.

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Maori warrior with Taiaha weapon, New Zealand

New Zealand warrior tribe. indigenous people costume. Taiaha weapons

Maori warrior with taiaha weapon, New Zealand 1913

Maori warrior with Taiaha weapon, New Zealand

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