1924 - Native Americans. Royston Leonard / mediadrumworld.com

By Timmy Odejimi

STUNNING images of the indigenous Native Americans have been brought back to life through vivid colourisation.

 

Native Americans posing for group portrait in 1915. Royston Leonard / mediadrumworld.com

The remarkable pictures show the group during the 1920s, with some of the leaders meeting with then American president, Calvin Coolidge, at the White House.

 

Native Indians leaders meeting with American President Calvin Coolidge in 1923. Royston Leonard / mediadrumworld.com

Other fascinating images show the native tribe mixing with the public, the group, draped in their traditional attire, standing on top of the Lincoln Memorial holding the American flag high, and two Native American elders meeting with politicians at the Capitol Hill in 1936, the same year the Aborigines Act Amendment Act was legislated.

 

1936 – Native Americans in their traditional attire holding American flag at the Lincoln Memorial building. Royston Leonard / mediadrumworld.com

These incredible photographs were colourised by British colourisation specialist, Royston Leonard (54), from Cardiff, Wales.

The indigenous community were the first and original settlers on the land that is today known as the United States of America.

 

Native Americans at the White House, circa. 1929. Royston Leonard / mediadrumworld.com

In 1924, the Indian Citizenship Act was proposed by Representative Homer P. Snyder and signed by President Calvin Coolidge, meaning the indigenous peoples including the Native American tribe, also known as Native Indians, were granted full U.S. citizenship.

 

Native American women, circa 1924. Royston Leonard / mediadrumworld.com

Native Americans, long before explorer Christopher Columbus stumbled upon America, lived throughout the North and South of America.

 

April, 1936 – Native Americans mix with the public in Washington. Royston Leonard / mediadrumworld.com

Today, there are people who still belong to one of the five hundred distinct Native American tribes and they live partially as sovereign nations within America’s modern society.

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