American Indian Beauty Pageant winner Acosia Red Elk waits for a parade at the tipi village, a part of the Pendleton Round-Up rodeo since its 1910 inception. (Photograph by William Albert Allard, National Geographic)

Explore 125 Years of National Geographic Photos of the American West at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art


National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West, a collection of iconic Western images, gathered by National Geographic over a span of some 125 years, will open at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis and nine other museums across the country on Saturday, October 27. The opening is noteworthy both for bringing together for the first time this remarkable collection of photographs and for being the largest such simultaneous photography exhibition ever for the United States. The exhibition will be on display at the Eiteljorg Museum through February 10, 2013.

The exhibit features the best images of the West published by National Geographic over its 125-year history, and includes works by nearly 80 different photographers. It also reveals some surprises from the National Geographic Image Collection. Many of the images will be instantly recognizable for their subjects; others less so. Arrayed together, they tell a story about imagination, spectacle, adventure and surpassing beauty, together with startling views into the daily struggles of people and animals in a vast and often intimidating territory.

Participating museums in the National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West, include:
Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, Georgia
Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
National Geographic Museum, Washington, D.C.
National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Rockwell Museum of Western Art, Corning, New York
C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana
Stark Museum of Art, Orange, Texas
The Eiteljorg Museum seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the Indigenous Peoples of North America. Through its Project New Moon campaign, the museum is attracting new audiences with dynamic new interpretations of its mission. The museum is located in Downtown Indianapolis’s White River State Park. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call (317) 636-WEST (9378) or visit

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