For 50 years, Kiowa photographer Horace Poolaw (1906-1984) offered a rare inside perspective into life as a Native American on the Southern Plains in the middle of the last century, documenting friends, family, and community, from weddings and parades to dates and baseball. The new exhibit and accompanying book, “For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw,” on view at New York’s National Museum of the American Indian through February 15, 2015, is based on the Poolaw Photography Project, begun by his daughter and continued by Native scholars.
Left: Jerry Poolaw (Kiowa), on leave from duty in the Navy. Anadarko, Oklahoma, ca. 1944.