Photography and American Indians

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America's First Warriors: Native Americans and Iraq

Photographs by Steven Clevenger

Native Americans have served in all of America's wars, even though they were not granted citizenship until 1924. Clevenger’s photographs include those of Native American military personnel taken in Iraq, as well as images of traditional coming home ceremonies such as the War Mothers' Dance, Welcoming Home/Cleansing Ceremony, and other rituals.


For four decades Steven Clevenger has photographed wars around the globe, including in Cambodia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Cambodia, Iraq, Northern Ireland, and Lebanon. His photographs have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines including Newsweek and Time.


"These images stayed with me. . . . The power of this book lies in photographs of the Native soldiers and in the written word. . . . Clevenger argues in the introduction that in proportion to their numbers in the country's population, Native Americans join the military more than any other ethnic group. . . . The introduction raises an important question: Why have so many served when the government has treated Natives so terribly? Clevenger found different answers. One (soldier) said he wasn't defending the government, but the land of his people."


Albuquerque Journal

"Author and photographer Steven Clevenger, an Osage tribal member, has documented American wars for three decades. . . . His eloquent essays and powerful photos vividly portray the warrior tradition, revealing the complexities of wartime as well as the cultural acceptance the returned soldiers receive."


High Country News

Published By Museum of New Mexico Press

11 x 10 in. 128 pages 107 color photographs