© 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw
Gus Palmer (Kiowa, at left), side gunner, and Horace Poolaw (Kiowa), aerial photographer, in front of a B-17 Flying Fortress. MacDill Field, Tampa, Florida, ca. 1944. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

Portraits of Change: Oklahoma Indians 1920-1970 [12 Images]

ICTMN Staff
8/11/14

The photography of Horace Poolaw, Kiowa, currently on display at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York, documents a fascinating time of tradition and transition for American Indians in Oklahoma. The exhibition, entitled "For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw," pulls from a roughly 50-year period, beginning in the 1920s and running up through the late 1960s. Poolaw's lens captured "the warmth of local family and community while also demonstrating the mobility and involvement of Native peoples nationally in events such as World War II and the advent of consumerism," according to a release from the Smithsonian.  

"For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw" opened on Saturday at NMAI in New York, and runs through February 15, 2015.

Danny Williams, left, and George “Woogie” Watchtaker (Comanche) at the American Indian Exposition. Anadarko, Oklahoma, ca. 1959. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw
Robert “Corky” and Linda Poolaw (Kiowa/Delaware), dressed up and posed for the photo by their father, Horace. Anadarko, Oklahoma, ca. 1947. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw
Gus Palmer (Kiowa, at left), side gunner, and Horace Poolaw (Kiowa), aerial photographer, in front of a B-17 Flying Fortress. MacDill Field, Tampa, Florida, ca. 1944. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw
The deacons of Rainy Mountain Baptist Church. Left to right: Adolphus Goombi (Kiowa), Lester Momaday (Kiowa), Robert Goombi (Kiowa), Porter Drywater (Cherokee). Rainy Mountain Church, Mountain View, Oklahoma, ca. 1930. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw
Left to right: Juanita Daugomah Ahtone (Kiowa), Evalou Ware Russell (center), Kiowa Tribal Princess, and Augustine Campbell Barsh (Kiowa) in the American Indian Exposition parade. Anadarko, Oklahoma, 1941. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw
Jerry Poolaw (Kiowa), on leave from duty in the Navy. Anadarko, Oklahoma, ca. 1944. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw
Lucy “Princess Watahwaso” Nicolar (Penobscot, third from left), Justin Poolaw (Kiowa, center right on car), and Bruce Poolaw (Kiowa, far right) during a stop at Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show on their way to New York City. Pawnee, Oklahoma, ca. 1930. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw
Gladys Komalty (Kiowa) at the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Pageant. Medicine Lodge, Kansas, 1932. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw
Fancy war dance at the Craterville Park Indian Fair. Chester Lefthand (Cheyenne), center. Cache, Oklahoma, ca. 1928. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw
Jerry Poolaw (Kiowa), Horace’s son. Mountain View, Oklahoma, ca. 1929. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw
Funeral of Agnes (Mrs. Abel) Big Bow (Kiowa). Hog Creek, Oklahoma, 1947. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw
Eula Mae Narcomey Doonkeen (Seminole) in the American Indian Exposition Parade. Anadarko, Oklahoma, ca. 1952. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

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A Handsome People, with Human Dignity unmatched............................ ....................................................................................................................... Thanks to those that document The Red People, so that their Children will know their Roots as a Hardy Race of Human Beings....................................... ................................................................................................................................. We thank those that Served in Military Service, which makes a Statement of their Character and of The Red People's............................................................ ................................................................................................................................. Those are NOT "Feel Good Acts", but Acts of Necessity to Stand for their Nations. People, and those that will be in the future.......................................... ................................................................................................................................. Maintain that "Quiet & Reserved Confidence", showing a People who are truly sensitive to The Great Spirit, and The Land....................................................... ................................................................................................................................. The documented History gives you the knowledge to be the Stewards of this Nation and its Resources..................................................................................... ................................................................................................................................ Teach your Children to grow in the Wisdom and Skills to do these things.... ............................................................................................................................... Thank You Father for instilling Pride and Knowledge, and Ability in these People who Care for what you have provided to us, and continue to guide them on their Life Walk. - Amen -................................................................................. ...............................................................................................................................
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