Abigail Adler Diné (Navajo) photographs

National Museum of the American Indian
Portrait of Medicine Man, Sonny Claus Chee [Diné (Navajo)]
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Abigail Adler Diné (Navajo) photographs

Scope and Contents
This collection contains 11 gelatin silver prints that were shot by photographer Abigail Adler throughout the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah in 1976 and 1979. The photographs depict Diné (Navajo) individuals and family portraits; ceremonial scenes, such as a Kinaaldá (girl's puberty ceremony), portrait of woman and mother on wedding day, and a Medicine Man with sand painting; and daily activities such as planting corn, outdoor cooking, and traveling by horse-drawn wagon. Photographs from this collection were possibly part of Alder's "Navajo Matriarch" project funded by the Navajo Nation and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Summary
This collection contains 11 gelatin silver prints that were shot by photographer Abigail Adler throughout the Navajo Reservation in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah in 1976 and 1979.
Restrictions
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Provenance
Gift of Gail Adler Hughes (Abigail Adler), 1979.
Arrangement
This collection has been organized into three folders. Folder 1 (P34072- P34074): Individual and family portraits, folder 2 (P34066- P34068, P34071): ceremonial scenes, and folder 3 (P34069- P34070, P34075- P34076): landscape and daily activities.
Bibliography
Abigail Adler is an American professional photographer with a degree in Anthropology from Barnard College in New York City. Adler lived on the Navajo Reservation for five years and began her career as a reporter and photographer, using Leica M3's and a Rolleiflex cameras, while working for the Navajo Times. She received funding through the Navajo Nation and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for her project titled Navajo Matriarchs, which illustrated the complex, modern lives of Navajo Women of all ages and traditions. Adler currently lives in Santa Fe, NM and works as a radio newscaster.
Creator
Adler, Abigail
Culture
Diné (Navajo)
Archival Repository
National Museum of the American Indian
Identifier
NMAI.AC.373
Creator
Adler, Abigail
Names
National Endowment for the Arts
Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah
Type
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographic prints
Extent
11 Photographic prints
0.03 Linear feet (3 folders)
Place
Arizona
Citation
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Abigail Adler Diné (Navajo) photographs, catalog #; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
Processing Information
Processed by Tazbah Gaussoin [Picuris Pueblo, Diné (Navajo)], Museum Specialist, in 2019.
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Topic
Photographs
New Mexico
Utah
Date
1976-1979
Rights
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