Abigail Adler Diné (Navajo) photographs
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Summary
Collection ID:
NMAI.AC.373
Creators:
Adler, Abigail
Dates:
1976-1979
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
11 Photographic prints
0.03 Linear feet
3 folders
Repository:
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.

Scope and Contents
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.

Arrangement
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.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Tazbah Gaussoin [Picuris Pueblo, Diné (Navajo)], Museum Specialist, in 2019.
Author
Tazbah Gaussoin
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Gail Adler Hughes (Abigail Adler), 1979.

Bibliography
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.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center. Please submit a written request to nmaiphotos@si.edu. For personal or classroom use, users are invited to download, print, photocopy, and distribute the images that are available online without prior written permission, provided that the files are not modified in any way, the Smithsonian Institution copyright notice (where applicable) is included, and the source of the image is identified as the National Museum of the American Indian. For more information please see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use and NMAI Archive Center's Digital Image request website.
Conditions Governing Use
Some images restricted: Cultural Sensitivity
Preferred Citation
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Abigail Adler Diné (Navajo) photographs, catalog #; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Diné (Navajo) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Repository Contact
National Museum of the American Indian
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Suitland 20746-2863
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