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Familiar Faces Given New Life: 20 Amazing Colorized Photos of Native Americans

John Gulizia has applied his skills in image colorization to a variety of images of Native Americans throughout history giving them a new life.
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John Gulizia of John Gulizia Foto FX specializes in portraits, image restoration, and colorization. It's this last skill that he has applied to dozens of well-known pictures of Native Americans. The originals were created by some of the era's most skilled photographers—Edward S. Curtis, D.F. Barry, Gertrude Kasebier—and even though we've seen them many times over, the transformation into vibrant color seems to knock the dust off them and give them a new life.

For more of his colorized images—of Presidents, sports heroes, and Hollywood icons—visit his Facebook page: facebook.com/JohnGuliziaFotoFX

Caption information listed for these photos is preserved from an official source, such as the Library of Congress, when available.

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American Horse, Frank North, Red Cloud, photo by D.F. Barry.

American Horse, Frank North, Red Cloud, photo by D.F. Barry.

Little Wolf or K'hakatci, Arapaho, 1882.

Little Wolf or K'hakatci, Arapaho, 1882.

Big Mouth Spring, Piegan Blackfeet, circa 1910. Photo by Edward S. Curtis.

Big Mouth Spring, Piegan Blackfeet, circa 1910. Photo by Edward S. Curtis.

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Bone Necklace, Oglala Lakota, 1899.

Bone Necklace, Oglala Lakota, 1899.

Chief Joseph, Nez Perce, by Edward S. Curtis.

Chief Joseph, Nez Perce, by Edward S. Curtis.

Chief Philip Howard, 1927. Photo by Leslie Jones.

Chief Philip Howard, 1927. Photo by Leslie Jones.

Comanche man, 1892.

Comanche man, 1892.

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Crow Indian man, Chief Child, photo by Edward S. Curtis circa 1908.

Crow Indian man, Chief Child, photo by Edward S. Curtis circa 1908.

Composite using an image of Geronimo at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis.

Composite using an image of Geronimo at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis.

Good Horse, Dakota Chief, Photographed by D.F. Barry, 1880s.

Good Horse, Dakota Chief, Photographed by D.F. Barry, 1880s.

"Indian Chief with Headdress," no photographer or date given.

"Indian Chief with Headdress," no photographer or date given.

"Indian in War Bonnet," no photographer or date given.

"Indian in War Bonnet," no photographer or date given.

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Louie, Chief Sitting Bull's Son, Hunkpapa Lakota. Photo by D.F. Barry, circa 1880s

Louie, Chief Sitting Bull's Son, Hunkpapa Lakota. Photo by D.F. Barry, circa 1880s

Ah Chee Lo, a Young Indian Child. Photo by Edward S. Curtis, 1905.

Ah Chee Lo, a Young Indian Child. Photo by Edward S. Curtis, 1905.

Red Cloud (Mahpiya Luta), Oglala Lakota, photographed by D. F. Barry in New York City, 1887.

Red Cloud (Mahpiya Luta), Oglala Lakota, photographed by D. F. Barry in New York City, 1887.

Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa Lakota, photo by D.F. Barry, 1885.

Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa Lakota, photo by D.F. Barry, 1885.

Piegan Indian, Mountain Chief, listening to recording with ethnologist Frances Densmore

Piegan Indian, Mountain Chief, listening to recording with ethnologist Frances Densmore

Whirling Horse, probably a member of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, photo by Gertrude Kasebier circa 1900.

Whirling Horse, probably a member of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, photo by Gertrude Kasebier circa 1900.

Zuni Elder Si Wa Wata Wa, photo by Edward S. Curtis, 1903.

Zuni Elder Si Wa Wata Wa, photo by Edward S. Curtis, 1903.

Sioux Chief Spotted Eagle, photo by L.A. Huffman.

Sioux Chief Spotted Eagle, photo by L.A. Huffman.