December 7, 2023

Early Photography of and by Native Americans

Lecture with Nicole Dawn Strathman
Thursday, December 7, 2023
Online: 6 – 7 pm CT


Nicole Dawn Strathman discusses photographs from the first 100 years of the medium, between 1840-1940, created by and for Native Americans. Most early photographs of American Indians were taken by anthropologists and emphasized the “disappearing race” narrative. However, the pictures made by the people themselves tell a very different story—of tribal communities adapting and thriving in the face of adversity.

Nicole Dawn Strathman is a lecturer in the Department of Art & Design at California State University, San Bernardino. She is a former Smithsonian Fellow, and author of Through a Native Lens: American Indian Photography (University of Oklahoma Press, 2020).

Can’t make it that date or want to rewatch? Recordings of lectures and workshops will be available for everyone registered within a week of the class. 


Main image: A Cheyenne Warrior of the Future, c. 1907, by Richard Throssel (Cree), professional photographer, image courtesy of the National Archives.

Admission: $5 Non-Members/Members Free

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