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This book of hauntingly beautiful Native American portraits reflects the tragic history of the Cheyenne, Sioux, Pawnee, Cherokee, and other groups whose leaders traveled to Washington in the mid nineteenth century to negotiate treaties with the US government As compelling as the famous photographs of Indians by Edward S Curtis, these unique images provide a close up, unromanticized record of Native American life at a critical time in the history of relations between the US government and Native Americans, just after the Civil War and at the beginning of the great westward expansion of US territories The images form the core of the Smithsonian s extensive collection of Native American photographs and of important collections in many other major museums around the world.Paula Fleming recounts the history of this collection, which was the Smithsonian sand perhaps the country sfirst photographic exhibit A succint biography of A Zeno Shindler, the photographer, is followed by a thoughtful examination of the key events surrounding the Indian delegations in Washington, providing for the first time a comprehensive picture of a poignant moment in history....

Title : Native American Photography at the Smithsonian
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ISBN : 1588341216
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Smithsonian Books December 17, 2003
Number of Pages : 408 pages
File Size : 676 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Native American Photography at the Smithsonian Reviews

  • Keith L.
    2019-04-27 23:01

    Cover photo is excellent. Many of the photos in this big (309 page) book are good, but not quite up to that standard. I like the book & am glad to add it to my collection, but wanted to be smitten.

  • Maya J. Caudill
    2019-05-24 20:54

    This may represent a powerful artifact in the study of the American Indian. It is a period after the Civil War and the various tribes have been invited to Washington,DC. to sign treaties that will lead the nation into a new unifies century.

  • christian knight
    2019-05-13 17:15

    Love to see photos of these great men.

  • Susan Brave
    2019-04-30 00:04

    My tribe's ancestor's photographs are in the book when they visited Washington DC. I will treasure it and make sure it's passed on to my children and grandchildren.

  • J. Navarro
    2019-05-20 22:54

    Beautiful. Just everything is lovely.

  • Kevin J. McCann
    2019-04-24 00:04

    If photography fascinates you and, better yet, if early American history fascinates you or you would like to be educated about these intriguing subjects this is an important book for your library or as a gift. Let me briefly tell you why. I came across Paula Fleming's work some years ago while researching a particular portrait in the Shindler catalogue. The photography process was developed by Louis Daguerre in 1839 in Paris and thanks to Samuel Morse, an American portrait painter and inventor the Morse code, it quickly became popular in the U.S. In 1846 when the Smithsonian was founded its first mission was the study and visual documentation of Native America cultures. In 1865 the paintings were destroyed in a fire. In 1867, William Henry Blackmore, a British philanthropist and major collector of Native American Indian photographs hired Antonio Zeno Shindler, a painter and photographer, to copy all Native American Indian photographs and give one to the Smithsonian. Circa 1869 Shindler organized this collection into an exhibit which was the first photography exhibit in an American Museum. The Shindler Catalogue is a rare photographic collection that visually documents the transformation of the last representatives of an ancient indigenous cultures into a European influenced society called America. It presents what Robert Frank once quipped “that a photograph must contain the humanity of the moment.” The images reflect the cultural antiquity in their faces, survivors of thousands of years of indigenous peoples responding only to the environment around them. Some images reflect the primitiveness of a lost tribe while some images reflect a complete transition to European style of life complete with suit and tie. A wonderful added value is you get to see the final work product of a professional archivist.

  • Linda L.
    2019-04-30 20:13


  • Brooke
    2019-05-13 19:19

    I bought this book as a gift for some friends. They have really enjoyed reading the book and viewing the pictures. This book is great if you are interested in Native American photography and history.