American Indians • Southwest and Photography
Laguna Pueblo: A Photographic History
Winner of the 2016 Western Heritage Award for Photography from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Winner of the 2015 Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association
Winner of the 2015 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards for Arts Book and Best Book
2015 Southwest Books of the Year
Winner of the 2016 Southwest Book Design and Production Awards for Trade Book, Illustrated and Art and Photography from the New Mexico Book Association
The distinguished American Indian photographer Lee Marmon has documented over sixty years of Laguna history: its people, customs, and cultural changes. Here more than one hundred of Marmon’s photos showcase his talents while highlighting the cohesive, adaptive, and independent character of the Laguna people.
Along with Marmon’s own oral history of the tribe and his family photos dating back to 1872, Tom Corbett presents archival images and historical research, making this the most complete published history of any southwestern pueblo. Marmon and Corbett also interviewed noted tribal elders and oral historians regarding customs, religious practices, and events of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The resulting narrative provides a fascinating story of survival through severe natural and man-made adversities, including droughts, plagues, marauding tribes, and cultural invasion. Through it all, Laguna has preserved its culture and retained sovereign powers over the pueblo and its territory.
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
Lee Marmon lives in his hometown, Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico. His interest in photography grew while he was serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. After the war, while working at his father’s trading post, he photographed the main work in this collection, portraits of Laguna elders, which is now with the University of New Mexico.
Tom Corbett is a physician who lived and practiced at Laguna Pueblo in the 1960s. He conceived the idea for this historical book while living among and caring for the Lagunas. It has been a work in progress since that time. He and Lee Marmon have been friends for fifty years.
“Through words as well as historical and original photographs, [Marmon] tells the story of his people, from their contradictory origin stories, to their adaptation of the conquistadors’ Catholic faith, to their work on the railroad and the pueblo’s subsequent modernization.”--
Cowboys & Indians
“The Laguna [Pueblo] photos . . . capture a disappearing world, one busily adjusting to modern influences.”--
New Mexico Magazine
“An unprecedented collection of portraits and landscapes with an extraordinary tribute of stories and personal recollections.”--
Southwest Books of the Year
8.5 x 10 in. 224 pages 105 duotones