European Illustrations of Native Americans

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Cervorum venatio. XXV.
This image shows the Indigenous people’s method of hunting deer. Three individuals are hunting. They have taken the skin of deer previously killed and draped them over themselves as a disguise. They walk bent at the waist and hold bows and arrows in front of them. Across a small river, several deer stand watching the hunters.
Columnam à Praefecto prima navigatione locatem venerantur Floridenses. VIII.
The monument erected by Jean Ribault during the voyage of 1562 is shown. There are various items on the ground around the monument, including a bow and quiver of arrows, baskets of foodstuffs, and other containers. In the foreground, an Indigenous man stands beside a colonist and gestures to the monument. The Indigenous man wears a headdress with racoon tails, a garment around his waist, a decorative chain of beads across his body, and large earrings. René de Laudonnière stands beside him. Behind the two men are several other colonists. On the left of the monument a group of Indigenous people are shown kneeling, appearing to worship the monument.
Comme les Dames de Dasamonguepeuc portent leurs enfans. X.
An Indigenous woman is pictured from the front and from behind standing on the bank of a river. She wears a fringed skirt around her waist, her hair is unbound, and she is topless and shoeless. She holds a young child on her back, with the child’s left arm over her shoulder and their left hand in hers, and their right leg tucked under her right arm against her hip. Behind them, other Indigenous people are seen in canoes.
Conviviorum apparatus. XXVIII.
Several Indigenous people are shown preparing food for a feast. A large pot sits on a fire in the middle of the group, one man pours a substance into the pot and another man kneels beside the pot and fans the flames.
Crocodilos conficiendi ratio. XXVI.
In the foreground, six Indigenous men ram a long log into the mouth of a large crocodile. Behind them, seven individuals surround a second crocodile, attacking it with clubs, spears, and bow and arrows.
Culturae & sationis ratio. XXI.
Several Indigenous people work in a large cultivated field. Men plow the ground using handheld, hoe-like implements while women scatter seeds from a basket in the furrows the men have made.
Excubitorum socordia ut punitur. XXXII.
A group of Indigenous and colonist men sit on wooden benches in a semi-circle. In front of the group, two Indigenous men kneel on the ground. Another man stands behind them holding a club in the air above the head of one of the men. The man kneeling is bleeding from the head from a previous blow.
Ferinae, piscium, & reliquae annonae illatio. XXIII.
A group of Indigenous people carry large baskets of fish, small wild animals, and produce.
Fille noble de Secota. VI.
A young Indigenous woman stands on the bank of a river, shown from the front and from behind. Her hair is knotted at the nape of her neck. She wears a necklace of beads, and has an adornment, either a physical cuff or an inked design, around her biceps, her wrists, and her calves. She wears a fringed skirt tied around her waist and is barefoot and shirtless. In the river behind her, other Indigenous people are shown in canoes, and on the opposite bank there are several buildings.
Floridae Promontorium ad quod Galli appellunt, Gallicum ab illis nuncupatum. I.
Two large ships are pictured off the coast, two smaller boats full of settlers are being rowed closer to shore. A number of Indigenous people are shown on land, several hold bows and arrows, and a few others hold large pieces of fabric. A group sits on the ground in a semi-circle with one individual at the center.
Floridenses convehendis in publicum horreum fructibus, diligentes. XXII.
Several Indigenous people bring crops by canoe to a large storehouse. There are baskets of various types of produce in the canoe, three men stand to paddle while a woman and young person sit in the rear. The storehouse is a large round structure on the bank of the river.
Floridensium in insulas trajectus, ut genio indulgeant. XXVII.
A group of Indigenous women, men, and children crosses a river towards an island. One woman carries a basket of food in one hand raised over her head, and three children cling to her. A man carries a bow and arrow, as well as a quiver of arrows above his head.

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