November 21 to April 5, 2020
This traveling exhibit features 75 never seen before black-and-white photos taken by Kiowa photographer Horace Poolaw. Poolaw’s main subjects were mostly friends and family. He sought to capture the lives of mid-century Native Americans of the Southern Plains through weddings, parades, various gatherings and military recruits in their uniform.
Included in the unique and inspiring events he photographed were the first Native American-operated inter-tribal events, the American Indian Exposition (or Indian Fair) held annually in Anadarko, Oklahoma, and the Craterville Indian Fair. Poolaw included the landscape and surroundings in his photos; and it is a realistic and natural depiction of the people and their environment from the 1920s through the 1970s. Unlike the documentation of Native peoples by non-Native photographers, there are no nostalgic attempts to memorialize a forgotten past of the “American Indian.”