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Best Of The West 2012: Carl Moon, Photographer With A Native Heart

Best Of The West 2012: Carl Moon, Photographer With A Native Heart

Photgraphy: (Navajo Boy) Carl Moon/© Corbis, (4) Carl Moon/Courtesy Library of Congress

The face of the handsome youth in the famous Navajo Boy image is familiar. The photographer who immortalized him in Western culture is not.

Born in 1879 in Wilmington, Ohio, Carl (originally Karl) Everton Moon loved reading stories about Native Americans as a boy. He followed his Western aspirations to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he set up a studio in 1904 and began photographing, painting, and traveling among Pueblo tribe members he befriended.

“Photographing the American Indian in his natural state was the principal aim of Carl Moon,” wrote Tom Driebe, author of In Search of the Wild Indian: Photographs & Life Works by Carl and Grace Moon. “He tried to show the Indian as he lived before civilization hampered his freedom … and changed his picturesque customs and mode of dress.” Moon knew he was working against the clock of forced acculturation. “About the only thing we have thus far overlooked taking from the Indian,” he wrote, “is his right to perform his religious rites with their accompanying dances in his own way.”

In 1907 Moon moved to Arizona and for seven years gathered paintings and photographs for the Fred Harvey Company at the Grand Canyon; there, he also served as the official photographer for the Santa Fe Railroad and studied painting with visiting artists, including Thomas Moran, Louis Akin, and Frank Sauerwein. Moon married artist Grace Purdie in 1911, and the two traveled the Southwest documenting Native culture. In 1914, the couple settled in Pasadena, California, and embarked on a series of 22 illustrated children’s books about American Indians.

In 1923, Moon approached railroad magnate and art collector Henry E. Huntington with the proposition of selling 300 photographic prints and 24 oil paintings, “an addition that Moon felt would ‘give the student of the future the true coloring of the Indian and his surroundings,’ ” says Jennifer A. Watts, curator of photographs at The Huntington Library in San Marino, California.

Moon died in 1948 in San Francisco; his art lives on at The Huntington, where the collection is being arranged, described, and digitized. “The Moon photographs are not only an important visual resource for scholars and students of tribal peoples at the turn of the 20th century,” Watts says, “but sensitive, beautifully rendered portraits that reveal the artist’s deep admiration for the peoples he photographed.”

Justice for Hate Crime against Lakota Sioux Elder Vernon Traversie!

Justice for Hate Crime against Lakota Sioux Elder Vernon Traversie!

Vernon Traversie, a member and resident of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota came home from a 14-day stay in the hospital to find he had been horribly mutilated. Three Ks can be easily seen carved or burned into his abdomen in the shocking photograph taken the day after he came home.

The victim is age 68 and completely blind. Vernon Traversie’s nightmare began when he had a heart attack while at the Heart Doctors office in Rapid City last August. He was immediately sent a few blocks away to Rapid City Regional Hospital for emergency surgery. Being blind, Traversie didn’t even know what was done to him until a RCRH employee came into his room and advised him to have pictures taken of his chest and abdomen as soon as he got home. She said she could not testify on his behalf, but that her conscience got the best of her and she did not agree with what had been done to him.

The tribal police, FBI, and Traversie’s pastor all have photographs of the suspicious wounds.

Traversie is a Lakota elder, who may have been the victim of a vicious hate crime, and his case deserves investigation. Nothing is being done on his behalf by law enforcement. Traversie had retained a lawyer and waited seven months for his Rapid City attorney to take action on his behalf. He posted a video on youtube because his attorney took no action besides initial contact with hospital authorities, and had told him not to speak about his case. The lawyer has done nothing further on Traversie’s behalf. Traversie has since ended his contract with said attorney and tribal officials are working to find someone to take his case.

Please sign this petition on behalf of Vernon Traversie. American Indian elders should be protected against this kinda of vicious abuse. We ask that the State Attorney General of South Dakota, Marty Jackley, investigate the hate crime against Vernon Traversie. We want racism and hate crimes against our American Indian community to end.

For more information: 
http://www.facebook.com/JusticeForVern 
http://www.lastrealindians.com/2012/04/25/lakota-man-accuses-hospital-of-healthcare-hate-crime/

cahuilla-kid:

sikssaapo-p:

inappropri8:

ravensavannah-xo:

Expressing true native pride doesn’t consist of disrespecting others even when they disrespect you. The true native way is to embrace all walks of life. You display native ignorance when you express the hate to the haters. To truly express Native Pride, Don’t sink to their level, rise above it. 

So, basically, we’re not allowed to stand up for ourselves, defend our rights or, heaven forbid, be angry?

I don’t think Sitting Bull would have decided to “rise above it”, nor would Russell Means, or John Trudell.

I agree with the first comment. That is how I was raised.

I am confronted but with racism and ignorance in regards to my native heritage. but I don’t react to this be being becoming belligerent, racist (there are a lot of racist natives on here; if you use racial slurs etc, you are a racist in my eyes.), and I don’t scream at them, i calmly explain to these people in a very detailed and understandable way the significance of whatever is to our culture, why it is hurtful, why it is racist, that they are racially appropriating, etc. and most of the time they are mortified at what they had been doing, they are extremely apologetic, remove post, and educate their friends and family about it. A lot of the responses I see on here are embarrassing. At the end of the day you look just as ignorant arguing, not even arguing, debasing yourself to a closed minded obnoxious “hipster”. It is one thing to be angry, i get that, it’s one thing to put someone in their place for disrespecting you, but a lot of you are just as racist as some of these people, maybe more so. a lot of you live to be combatant and confrontational with people, every post on your page is a argument, that’s pathetic. I’m all for defending ourselves,our families, and our culture. I am not for blasting someone before calmly trying to teach them, racism, racial slurs, or bullying. Some of you are just pothetic, If it doesn’t apply to you ignore it, if it does, take it personal.

cahuilla-kid:

sikssaapo-p:

inappropri8:

ravensavannah-xo:

Expressing true native pride doesn’t consist of disrespecting others even when they disrespect you. The true native way is to embrace all walks of life. You display native ignorance when you express the hate to the haters. To truly express Native Pride, Don’t sink to their level, rise above it. 

So, basically, we’re not allowed to stand up for ourselves, defend our rights or, heaven forbid, be angry?

I don’t think Sitting Bull would have decided to “rise above it”, nor would Russell Means, or John Trudell.

I agree with the first comment. That is how I was raised.

I am confronted but with racism and ignorance in regards to my native heritage. but I don’t react to this be being becoming belligerent, racist (there are a lot of racist natives on here; if you use racial slurs etc, you are a racist in my eyes.), and I don’t scream at them, i calmly explain to these people in a very detailed and understandable way the significance of whatever is to our culture, why it is hurtful, why it is racist, that they are racially appropriating, etc. and most of the time they are mortified at what they had been doing, they are extremely apologetic, remove post, and educate their friends and family about it. A lot of the responses I see on here are embarrassing. At the end of the day you look just as ignorant arguing, not even arguing, debasing yourself to a closed minded obnoxious “hipster”. It is one thing to be angry, i get that, it’s one thing to put someone in their place for disrespecting you, but a lot of you are just as racist as some of these people, maybe more so. a lot of you live to be combatant and confrontational with people, every post on your page is a argument, that’s pathetic. I’m all for defending ourselves,our families, and our culture. I am not for blasting someone before calmly trying to teach them, racism, racial slurs, or bullying. Some of you are just pothetic, If it doesn’t apply to you ignore it, if it does, take it personal.

thecheshirekitteh:

the-coffin-club

There is no such thing as ‘part-Cherokee.’
Either you’re Cherokee or you’re not.
It isn’t the quantity of Cherokee blood
in your veins that is important,
but the quality of it … your pride in it.
I have seen full-bloods
who have virtually no idea of
the great legacy entrusted to their care.
Yet, I have seen people
with as little as 1/500th blood
who inspire the spirits of their ancestors
because they make being Cherokee
a proud part of a their everyday life.”

Jim Pell: Principal Chief
of the North Alabama Cherokee Tribe

I will reblog this forever. Thank you Jim Pell

Basically.

Basically.

svnoyi:

babstheartist:

svnoyi:

rogue-squadron:

svnoyi:

rogue-squadron:

svnoyi:

rogue-squadron:

svnoyi:

rogue-squadron:

svnoyi:

i-n-c-u-b-u-s:

made it all myself, super proud.<3
Halloween, 2011.<3

Racism isn’t really something to be proud of

Uh-oh feminist reblogged you with some hate look out
dont look her in the eyes

Who is this person named “Feminist”? And what does it have to do with Native Americans not taking kindly to assholes wearing caricatures of Indians as costumes?

lol get off your fucking high horse im pure blooded Choctaw Native.
it’s a haloween costume retard. 

Cool story bro. I’m so glad you don’t have problems with this, but a lot of people do.

yeah dood
maybe you shouldnt take youre entire life so seriously, 
while youre at it quit criticizing people. 
worry about yourself and life will be much more enjoyable. 

If people would stop making a mockery of my culture I’d be happier ~*~dudebro~*~, but with people having more problems with oppressed people standing up against things that are fucked up than people doing racist shit, looks like I’ll just have to settle for being happy when I’m not being surrounded by racist assholes.

lol alright honey, wanna talk about opression? try living on the rez.

It’s like it’s the same exact conversation every single time… I’ll just wait patiently for the implication that I’ve never faced any sort of discrimination because I’m on the internet and have time to worry about wanting new shoes….

LOLOL how can you be full blood native american and do this bullshit. Oh my god bitch you’re dumb!

Fun story: the one who said that they’re full blooded indian has another post on their tumblr saying they’re part Filipino. TRUE STORY.

 Filipino wooooow. I think somebody just wants to fit in. Or mayb was just lying to sem like they knw what they were talking about.

svnoyi:

babstheartist:

svnoyi:

rogue-squadron:

svnoyi:

rogue-squadron:

svnoyi:

rogue-squadron:

svnoyi:

rogue-squadron:

svnoyi:

i-n-c-u-b-u-s:

made it all myself, super proud.<3

Halloween, 2011.<3

Racism isn’t really something to be proud of

Uh-oh feminist reblogged you with some hate look out

dont look her in the eyes

Who is this person named “Feminist”? And what does it have to do with Native Americans not taking kindly to assholes wearing caricatures of Indians as costumes?

lol get off your fucking high horse im pure blooded Choctaw Native.

it’s a haloween costume retard. 

Cool story bro. I’m so glad you don’t have problems with this, but a lot of people do.

yeah dood

maybe you shouldnt take youre entire life so seriously, 

while youre at it quit criticizing people. 

worry about yourself and life will be much more enjoyable. 

If people would stop making a mockery of my culture I’d be happier ~*~dudebro~*~, but with people having more problems with oppressed people standing up against things that are fucked up than people doing racist shit, looks like I’ll just have to settle for being happy when I’m not being surrounded by racist assholes.

lol alright honey, wanna talk about opression? try living on the rez.

It’s like it’s the same exact conversation every single time… I’ll just wait patiently for the implication that I’ve never faced any sort of discrimination because I’m on the internet and have time to worry about wanting new shoes….

LOLOL how can you be full blood native american and do this bullshit. Oh my god bitch you’re dumb!

Fun story: the one who said that they’re full blooded indian has another post on their tumblr saying they’re part Filipino. TRUE STORY.

 Filipino wooooow. I think somebody just wants to fit in. Or mayb was just lying to sem like they knw what they were talking about.

svnoyi:

rogue-squadron:

svnoyi:

rogue-squadron:

svnoyi:

i-n-c-u-b-u-s:

made it all myself, super proud.&lt;3
Halloween, 2011.&lt;3

Racism isn’t really something to be proud of

Uh-oh feminist reblogged you with some hate look out
dont look her in the eyes

Who is this person named “Feminist”? And what does it have to do with Native Americans not taking kindly to assholes wearing caricatures of Indians as costumes?

lol get off your fucking high horse im pure blooded Choctaw Native.
it’s a haloween costume retard. 

Cool story bro. I’m so glad you don’t have problems with this, but a lot of people do.

 lol well did you know women aren&#8217;t supposed to wear war bonets?

svnoyi:

rogue-squadron:

svnoyi:

rogue-squadron:

svnoyi:

i-n-c-u-b-u-s:

made it all myself, super proud.<3

Halloween, 2011.<3

Racism isn’t really something to be proud of

Uh-oh feminist reblogged you with some hate look out

dont look her in the eyes

Who is this person named “Feminist”? And what does it have to do with Native Americans not taking kindly to assholes wearing caricatures of Indians as costumes?

lol get off your fucking high horse im pure blooded Choctaw Native.

it’s a haloween costume retard. 

Cool story bro. I’m so glad you don’t have problems with this, but a lot of people do.

 lol well did you know women aren’t supposed to wear war bonets?