Is this the oldest European image of Native Americans?

Restoration of a fresco in the Vatican has revealed a small group of naked dancing men with feathers in their hair. Researchers think these figures may be depictions of Native Americans. The fresco was painted by Renaissance master Pinturicchio in 1494, just two years after Columbus sailed to America.

Columbus returned to Spain in 1493 and news of his discoveries spead quickly. His letters include descriptions of the people he met during his journey.

The fresco is in the Borgia Apartments. [photos]