Book ID: CBB335028160

Through a Native lens: American Indian photography (2020)


Nicole Dawn Strathman (Author)

University of Oklahoma Press

Publication Date: 2020
Physical Details: 228
Language: English

A critical overview of how Native Americans appropriated photography and integrated it into their ways of life, both as patrons who commissioned portraits and as photographers who created collections, between 1840-1940 throughout the United States and Canada"--Provided by publisher. "What is American Indian photography? At the turn of the twentieth century, Edward Curtis began creating romantic images of American Indians, and his works--along with pictures by other non-Native photographers--came to define the field. Yet beginning in the second half of the nineteenth century, American Indians themselves started using cameras to record their daily activities and to memorialize tribal members. Through a Native Lens offers a refreshing, new perspective by highlighting the active contributions of North American Indians, both as patrons who commissioned portraits and as photographers who created collections. In this richly illustrated volume, Nicole Dawn Strathman explores how indigenous peoples throughout the United States and Canada appropriated the art of photography and integrated it into their lifeways. The photographs she analyzes date to the first one hundred years of the medium, between 1840 and 1940. To account for Native activity both in front of and behind the camera, the author divides her survey into two parts. Part I focuses on Native participants, including such public figures as Sarah Winnemucca and Red Cloud, who fashioned themselves in deliberate ways for their portraits. Part II examines Native professional, semiprofessional, and amateur photographers. Drawing from tribal and state archives, libraries, museums, and individual collections, Through a Native Lens features photographs--including some never before published--that range from formal portraits to casual snapshots. The images represent multiple tribal communities across Native North America, including the Inland Tlingit, Northern Paiute, and Kiowa. Moving beyond studies of Native Americans as photographic subjects, this groundbreaking book demonstrates how indigenous peoples took control of their own images and distinguished themselves as pioneers of photography. (Publisher)

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Review Cindy Ott (July 2021) Review of "Through a Native lens: American Indian photography". Technology and Culture (pp. 898-899). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Lux, Maureen K.
Boewe, Charles E.
Jordanova, Ludmilla J.
Morey, G. B
Cruikshank, Julie
Lister, Florence Cline
Scientia Canadensis: Journal of the History of Canadian Science, Technology, and Medicine
Earth Sciences History: Journal of the History of the Earth Sciences Society
New Formations
Canadian Historical Review
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
University of Tennessee Press
University of Toronto Press
Reaktion Books
University of British Columbia Press
University of New Mexico Press
UBC Press
American Indians; Native Americans; First Nations of the Americas
Technology and culture
Native American civilization and culture
Rafinesque, Constantine Samuel
Winchell, Newton Horace
Custer, George Armstrong
Einstein, Albert
Abbott, Berenice
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
18th century
20th century, early
17th century
North America
United States
Colorado (U.S.)
Rocky Mountains (U.S.)
Royal Society of London

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