Developing Stories: Native Photographers in the Field

Opening 2020 – TBD

Genízaro Delvin Garcia standing in remains of the 18th-century Santa Rosa de Lima Church, Abiquiú, New Mexico, 2019. Photo © Russel Albert Daniels.

National Museum of the American Indian
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Developing Stories is a pair of sequential photo essays by Native photojournalists Russel Albert Daniels and Tailyr Irvine in collaboration with the National Museum of the American Indian. The work of both photographers springs from the same desires—to break down stereotypes of Native peoples and to portray stories that show the diversity and complexity of their contemporary lives.

Daniels and Irvine explore issues that have long been of personal interest and that touch the lives of Native people in a specific community. Through compelling, never-before-seen photography, each photo essay provides thought-provoking insights into 21st-century Native life and a nuanced perspective on an American experience that is largely invisible to mainstream society.

Essay One: March 24–July 6, 2020 (POSTPONED)
The Genízaro Pueblo of Abiquiú | Russel Albert Daniels
Russel Albert Daniels (Diné descent and Ho-Chunk descent) explores the historical complexities shaping a 266-year-old community’s sense of self. This Indigenous/Hispanic community's genesis lies in violence, slavery, and survival.

Essay Two: July 14–October 18, 2020
Reservation Mathematics: Navigating Love in Native America | Tailyr Irvine
Tailyr Irvine (Confederated Salish and Kootenai) delves into the legacy of U.S. government tribal enrollment regulations impacting Native Americans’ most personal decisions and relationships, including with whom they have children.