Artist Colorized Century-Old Images to Bring Native American Culture Back to Brilliant Life

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Frederic Duriez

Credit: Frédéric Duriez / mediadrumwor/WENN

Incredible portraits of Native Americans from up to 120 years ago have been brought to life in a series of colorized pictures.

The stunning series of images include Iron White Man from the Sioux tribe — who traveled with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show wearing the police uniform he would have performed in — and a Native American on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Western Montana clutching a rifle. Contrasting spectacular pictures show Plain Owl of the Crow tribe wearing a traditional dress and holding a tomahawk in his lap.

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The amazing pictures were colorized by bank technician Frederic Duriez, a 51-year-old from Angres, Pas de Calais, France. Frederic Duriez has been practicing colorization for two years, according to WENN.com. See all of Duriez’s vibrant images below.

Thunder Cloud, Blackfeet tribe.

Frederic Duriez

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Yellow Feather, Maricopa tribe.

Frederic Duriez

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A Blackfeet Native American.

Frederic Duriez

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Ke-Wa-Ko (Good Fox), Pawnee, 1902.

Frederic Duriez

Credit: Frédéric Duriez / mediadrumwor/WENN

Porrum and Pedro, Ute men, 1899.

Frederic Duriez

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Peter Tall Mandan, Grandson of Long Mandan. Sioux. 1905.

Frederic Duriez

Credit: Frédéric Duriez / mediadrumwor/WENN

Po-Pa-Trecash (Plain Owl), Crow, 1910.

Frederic Duriez

Credit: Frédéric Duriez / mediadrumwor/WENN

Wiwi-Yokpa or Mary Elmanico, Passamaquoddy, 1913.

Frederic Duriez

Credit: Frédéric Duriez / mediadrumwor/WENN

Rose Bompard Bird, Crow, early 1900s.

Frederic Duriez

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Sitting Eagle, Crow, early 1900s.

Frederic Duriez

Credit: Frédéric Duriez / mediadrumwor/WENN

Iron White Man, Sioux, 1900.

Frederic Duriez

Credit: Frédéric Duriez / mediadrumwor/WENN

Salish, Flathead Indian Reservation, Western Montana, photo from 1905-1907.

Frederic Duriez

Credit: Frédéric Duriez / mediadrumwor/WENN

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