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.
- Authors: Lee Marmon, Tom Corbett
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: University of New Mexico Press ((February
Dimensions: 8.9 x 10.3 x 3.2 inches
Internationally known photographer Lee Marmon (b. 1925) came to prominence for his black-and-white portraits of tribal elders and photographs, and his work over six decades explores the cultural transitions that took place on New Mexico’s Pueblos in the 20th century. His photography has been featured in The New York Times, The Saturday Evening Post and Time magazine, and in galleries around the world. His photographs are collected in two books, “The Pueblo Imagination” and “Laguna Pueblo: a Photographic History,” debuting in February 2015. Marmon is also a longtime friend of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and his distinctive photographs are featured through the museum.
Laguna Pueblo is located 45 miles west of Albuquerque in the beautiful Mt. Taylor foothills. It is the largest Keresan-speaking Pueblo with more than 8,000 enrolled members. The ancestors of today’s Laguna people have lived in the area since the 1300s, and the current Pueblo location was established in 1699 after the Pueblo Revolt. Lee Marmon began taking photographs in the 1947 after returning to Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico from World War II. His distinctive black-and-white photographs present an enduring legacy of the elders of Laguna Pueblo and provide a compelling narrative about the changes faced by the people of Laguna during the 20th century.
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