Gus Palmer (Kiowa, at left), side gunner, and Horace Poolaw (Kiowa), aerial photographer, in front of a B-17 Flying Fortress. MacDill Field, Tampa, Florida, ca. 1944. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

© 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

Gus Palmer (Kiowa, at left), side gunner, and Horace Poolaw (Kiowa), aerial photographer, in front of a B-17 Flying Fortress. MacDill Field, Tampa, Florida, ca. 1944. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

Portraits of Change: Oklahoma Indians 1920-1970 [12 Images]

The photography of Horace Poolaw, Kiowa, currently on display at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York, documents a fascinating time of tradition and transition for American Indians in Oklahoma. The exhibition, entitled “For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw,” pulls from a roughly 50-year period, beginning in the 1920s and running up through the late 1960s. Poolaw’s lens captured “the warmth of local family and community while also demonstrating the mobility and involvement of Native peoples nationally in events such as World War II and the advent of consumerism,” according to a release from the Smithsonian.  

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“For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw” opened on Saturday at NMAI in New York, and runs through February 15, 2015.

Danny Williams, left, and George “Woogie” Watchtaker (Comanche) at the American Indian Exposition. Anadarko, Oklahoma, ca. 1959. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

Danny Williams, left, and George “Woogie” Watchtaker (Comanche) at the American Indian Exposition. Anadarko, Oklahoma, ca. 1959. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

Robert “Corky” and Linda Poolaw (Kiowa/Delaware), dressed up and posed for the photo by their father, Horace. Anadarko, Oklahoma, ca. 1947. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

Robert “Corky” and Linda Poolaw (Kiowa/Delaware), dressed up and posed for the photo by their father, Horace. Anadarko, Oklahoma, ca. 1947. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

Gus Palmer (Kiowa, at left), side gunner, and Horace Poolaw (Kiowa), aerial photographer, in front of a B-17 Flying Fortress. MacDill Field, Tampa, Florida, ca. 1944. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

Gus Palmer (Kiowa, at left), side gunner, and Horace Poolaw (Kiowa), aerial photographer, in front of a B-17 Flying Fortress. MacDill Field, Tampa, Florida, ca. 1944. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

The deacons of Rainy Mountain Baptist Church. Left to right: Adolphus Goombi (Kiowa), Lester Momaday (Kiowa), Robert Goombi (Kiowa), Porter Drywater (Cherokee). Rainy Mountain Church, Mountain View, Oklahoma, ca. 1930. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

The deacons of Rainy Mountain Baptist Church. Left to right: Adolphus Goombi (Kiowa), Lester Momaday (Kiowa), Robert Goombi (Kiowa), Porter Drywater (Cherokee). Rainy Mountain Church, Mountain View, Oklahoma, ca. 1930. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

Left to right: Juanita Daugomah Ahtone (Kiowa), Evalou Ware Russell (center), Kiowa Tribal Princess, and Augustine Campbell Barsh (Kiowa) in the American Indian Exposition parade. Anadarko, Oklahoma, 1941. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

Left to right: Juanita Daugomah Ahtone (Kiowa), Evalou Ware Russell (center), Kiowa Tribal Princess, and Augustine Campbell Barsh (Kiowa) in the American Indian Exposition parade. Anadarko, Oklahoma, 1941. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

Jerry Poolaw (Kiowa), on leave from duty in the Navy. Anadarko, Oklahoma, ca. 1944. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

Jerry Poolaw (Kiowa), on leave from duty in the Navy. Anadarko, Oklahoma, ca. 1944. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

Lucy “Princess Watahwaso” Nicolar (Penobscot, third from left), Justin Poolaw (Kiowa, center right on car), and Bruce Poolaw (Kiowa, far right) during a stop at Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show on their way to New York City. Pawnee, Oklahoma, ca. 1930. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

Lucy “Princess Watahwaso” Nicolar (Penobscot, third from left), Justin Poolaw (Kiowa, center right on car), and Bruce Poolaw (Kiowa, far right) during a stop at Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show on their way to New York City. Pawnee, Oklahoma, ca. 1930. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

Gladys Komalty (Kiowa) at the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Pageant. Medicine Lodge, Kansas, 1932. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

Gladys Komalty (Kiowa) at the Medicine Lodge Peace Treaty Pageant. Medicine Lodge, Kansas, 1932. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

Fancy war dance at the Craterville Park Indian Fair. Chester Lefthand (Cheyenne), center. Cache, Oklahoma, ca. 1928. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

Fancy war dance at the Craterville Park Indian Fair. Chester Lefthand (Cheyenne), center. Cache, Oklahoma, ca. 1928. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

Jerry Poolaw (Kiowa), Horace’s son. Mountain View, Oklahoma, ca. 1929. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

Jerry Poolaw (Kiowa), Horace’s son. Mountain View, Oklahoma, ca. 1929. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

Funeral of Agnes (Mrs. Abel) Big Bow (Kiowa). Hog Creek, Oklahoma, 1947. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

Funeral of Agnes (Mrs. Abel) Big Bow (Kiowa). Hog Creek, Oklahoma, 1947. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

Eula Mae Narcomey Doonkeen (Seminole) in the American Indian Exposition Parade. Anadarko, Oklahoma, ca. 1952. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

Eula Mae Narcomey Doonkeen (Seminole) in the American Indian Exposition Parade. Anadarko, Oklahoma, ca. 1952. © 2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw

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