'Gathering Gras Seed', North America, 1855.
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Engraving showing Native American women using woven baskets to collect gras seed, posibly in the San Joaquin Valley, California. The Native American population of the Americas was drastically reduced after the arrival of the Europeans due to war, disease, forced removal and relocation, and the destruction of traditional ways of life. Illustration from 'Information respecting the history, condition and prospects of the Indian tribes of the United States. Part 5' by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft (1793-1864), published in Philadelphia in 1855.