Waggoner (1916-1990) took these photographs of Navajo Indians culture
in 1958 on the Navajo Indian reservation near Monument Valley in
the Four Corners area. Like the prints of Edward S. Curtis and Josef
Muench these historically important photographs were taken with
the consent and permission of the people being photographed. It
is part of a collection of photographs representing Earl’s
work being archived at the University of California, Berkeley in
the Bancroft Library. These images are a poignant slice of
the Navajo Nation's history.
Because of his love of the Navajo Indians, and
their respect for him, Earl was invited to photograph ceremonies
and situations seldom photographed.
His attention to detail, superior photographic technique, and artistic
nature reveal not only a love of his subject but also an extraordinary
sense of composition, light and a unique ability to capture the
moment. Perhaps the most dramatic series is of a healing ceremony
where a young girl, having been kicked in the head by a goat and
experiencing bad dreams, is healed by two shaman or "singers".
The singers then drew a sand painting and finally entered a sweat
lodge to pray and complete the ceremony. The content and composition
of these historic photographs about Navajo Indians culture are quite
The “Navajo Life in the 1950’s”
Collection of Giclee fine art prints are printed on museum quality
acid free paper and canvas with archival quality water-based organic
inks that provide an extraordinarily wide color gamut. The prints
are then coated with a UV light retardant and light stabilizing
post-coatings to prevent fading. The precision printing process
of the Giclee method results in museum quality prints guaranteed
to last 100 years or more. For pricing and availability, contact
us by E-mail.
The "Navajo Life in the 1950's" Collection Images of the
Navajo Nation is comprised of 140
slide images constituting a unique
historic archive of the Navajo Indians unmatched in American History.
images below are immediately
available for reproduction
fine art prints. Click
an image to see a larger view.
All images are copyrighted and are solely and
wholly owned owned by Earl Waggoner Photography ©Copyright
2002 Earl Waggoner Photography