This is a place dedicated to Image Makers. People
who have contributed to an understanding and an awareness
of Native American people, places and land through
the images that they have created.
The Image Makers
Emmanuelle Crane uses
her exceptional writing and photographic talents to help
all of us learn from indigenous
from around the world. In her special Native
American Images gallery, Emmanuelle shares some
of the images and thoughts she gathered while living with
the Blackrock family in the dry, hot Big Mountain area.
You certainly will want to enjoy
Gallery during your visit to Native American Images.
Wachal provide this image to Native American Images.
It captures the beauty and harshness of Southwest Indian
country, country on which the vibrant People survive even
today. Tom has created images of the Southwest for nearly
twenty years. Tom has graciously provided additional
images to us. You can enjoy them by looking at
Tom's special page.
Zeller created this wonderful black
and white image of Cliff Springwater, a man who heals the
spirits and the souls in and around Shiprock. Cliff
has labored hard to build a new mission, a place where
people can come for renewed hope and a new day. Be sure
Gallery while you're here.
Pearlstein has created an exceptional portfolio in his work with
the American Indian Center (AIC) of Chicago. His work is part of
a permanent AIC installation located in the "Our Lives"
exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)
in Washington, DC. Enjoy a sample of Warren's work
a high-powered stockbroker (retired), dusts up his rent-a-car and wears out
his fancy shoes as he wanders the trails of the Southwest and the
lands of ancient people. With a water bottle in one hand and his
camera in the other, Gene contributes his images of the petroglyphs
along Trail 93 of Lynx Lake, and off the interstate that breezes past
Sedona, Arizona. Gene will tell you, "There is a hell of a
difference between Wall Steet and Lynx Lake. Just click here
to see Gene's portfolio and a great deal more about the
petroglyphs that abound in Indian Country.
John Lloyd Godfrey was
captivated by the Navajo
and Pueblo cultures, and by the beauty of the land and the people who
live there. We were happy to accompany Lloyd on his last visit to
the Pueblos and to Canyon de Chelly, and we believe that you will enjoy the
portfolio that Lloyd left for us. Be sure to visit
Don Doll, S.J. was
introduced to both photography and to the Lakota people
when he was
assigned to the Rosebud Reservation as a young
Jesuit. His beautifully sensitive work and his
understanding of Native America has been featured in many
places, including National Geographic. Father Don
Doll's photography for the book Vision Quest: Men,
Women and Sacred Sites of the Sioux Nation is both
powerful and inspirational. He was presented with
the Crystal Eagle Award by Kodak for over twenty years of
photography among Native Americans.
Doll's website is as powerful as his images.
Sarah Penman possesses
a unique understanding of, and respect for, indigenous
nations. She has lived among
and chronicled the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota nation through
writing, photography, video and radio documentaries.
Sara says, "I hope that my work will contribute to an
understanding of, and respect for, the lives and
contributions of indigenous people." To learn
more about Sarah
Penman and her work you will want to visit her
Marilyn "Angel" Wynn
strives to portray her subjects natural tribal aura within their
homeland or surrounding environment.
She says, "I hope that my audiences will walk away with a new
found compassion, understanding and acceptance of America's First
People for their enriching contributions. The people who
participate in Angel's efforts receive 50% of any sales of her
images. You can see Angel's work on her
Urshel Taylor started to paint about the age of 14 or
15. Urshel paints mostly Northern Traditional
and other Native American images. "I also do a
lot of sculpture in bronze or wood, but my first choice is
painting. I always try to capture the dignity and
majesty of what my people have been and what they continue
to be today." Urshel
Taylor is of the Pima Tribe. Visit Urshel
Taylor's website to enjoy many more Native American
is a very special Image Maker because he has
images of sacred sites and ceremonial events, by
invitation, in the Navajo Nation. The landscape and
the people demand his attention and respect. His
work is without intrusion, his photography is organic and
sensitive as you can see with this image of the final day
of the Sunrise puberty "sing" of the White
Mountain Apache. The
Project is especially meaningful"
James Cook doesn't
pretend to know everything about
the many Native American cultures and customs, but he
strives to learn, always respectful and with a desire to
be respected. His photo project is ambitious,
sensitive and wonderful as you can see by his image of the
Tesuque Buffalo Dancers shown here. Share James
Cook's amazing image project when you visit his site at
Richard Throssel was
a Creek Indian who was adopted by
Crow Tribe around 1902. He has been described as
"an Indian without a tribe." His images
give an honest portrayal of the Crow people.
Throssel stood for Native American rights, and became
elected to the Montana
State Legislature. The
American Heritage Center at the U of Wyoming contains
an excellent collection of Throssel's work. You can
find even more by just going to your favorite search
engine and searching for Richard Throssel.
Edward S. Curtis (1862-1952)
was the most prolific image maker of Native America.
His complete portfolio consisted of over 2,200
photogravures and resulted in a 20 volume
entitled "The North American Indian."
Theodore Roosevelt wrote the foreword and the venture was
underwritten by J.P. Morgan. The Curtis work is not
always in favor because of his romanticized image of
Native America. Yet his images command a solid
price. You can view many of Curtis' photogravures at
Northwestern University Edward Curtis Library.
Vroman (1856-1916) never received the fame or notoriety of Edward
S. Curtis. Yet, of all the image makers, Vroman seems to be the
only one to approach the Indian with all of the beautiful human
qualities that are a part of the Native American people. His
photography is as up close and personal with The People as they are
rare and unknown. See our photo essay gallery about
Vroman and his work.
The Ancient People communicated
through images placed on rock. Scholars call these
or pictographs, depending on how the images were
created. Ancient images are found throughout North
America. We don't know who the Image Makers
were. We just know that they were, and that they
left indelible images that leave us to wonder. Native
American Images gives you the opportunity to explore
an ancient image site through