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Simon Ortiz's Men on the Moon (Campbell & Rodarte)

Poolaw & Curtis

Horace Poolaw was a Native American photographer from Oklahoma. Compare and contrast one of Poolaw's photos with a work of Edward S. Curtis, an American photographer, who traveled west many times in the early 20th century to capture the lives of the natives on his canvas. Use your comparison of the visual images to examine the following questions: How do the very different perspectives of Poolaw and Curtis affect the artwork and the depictions of the Native Americans from each man? And how might these different perspectives help us understand the history of native peoples in the American west?