Light Handlers: Indigenous Photographers in the Southwest

Two sisters, Acadia and Danae from Laguna Pueblo, sit on a log and look at each other while chewing gum and blowing bubbles. They are wearing traditional dress and jewelry of Laguna Pueblo. The backdrop is the beaautiful northern New Mexico landscape.

Blowing Bubbles and Being Tradish. Two Native sisters, Acadia and Danae (Laguna Pueblo), Laguna Pueblo, NM, 20222. By Shannon Stevens (Laguna Pueblo/Hopi).

Closing July 29, 2024

This exhibit highlights new acquisitions of twenty works by eleven Indigenous photographers. Included are established artists Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Will Wilson (Diné), and Eugene Tapahe (Diné). Emerging artists include James Jay (Akimel O’odham/Tohono O’odham), Kyle Knox (Hopi/Akimel O’odham/Pee Posh), Charnelle Leslie (Hopi), Tomás Karmelo Amaya (A:shiwi/Rarámuri/Yoeme), Kailani Lewis (Tohono O’odham), Augustine Fernando Lopez (Yaqui), and Shannon Stevens (Laguna Pueblo/Hopi).  

An introduction by Jannelle Weakly, ASM’s manager of multimedia collections, and Sam A. Minkler (Diné), Northern Arizona University associate professor of photography (and one of his prints), round out the exhibit. 

Acquisition of these photographs was made possible by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.

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Mellon Foundation