Inhabitants of the Tlingit village of Tongas, Alaska, c 1868.
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Photograph by Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904), British-American photographer and the pioneer of animal sequence photography. After emigrating to California and becoming a profesional photographer, Muybridge was appointed director of photographic surveys for the United States Government. In 1873, he recorded the final stages of the conflict between the Modoc Indians and the United States army, and in 1875 embarked on an expedition, photographing the landscapes and native peoples of Central America. This photograph is most likely from 1868 when he accompanied General Henry W Halleck's expedition to Alaska. These Tlingit people in traditional dres are standing in front of two totem poles. Several of the men are holding rifles.