© George Wharton James, late 1880s to early 1900s, Selling goods along tracks

The rapid changes forced on the Native American peoples of the American southwest are documented in Time Exposures: Picturing a History of Isleta Pueblo in the 19th Century.

With more than 80 images and objects that detail life on the Isleta Pueblo Reservation after the arrival of the railroads in 1881, an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York, the George Gustav Heye Center, is running through Sunday, June 10, 2012.

In 1881, the railroad companies forcibly took land in the center of Isleta Pueblo in the Rio Grande Valley and the rail lines built there brought scores of tourists. Prominent non-Native artists and photographers, such as Edward Curtis and Ben Wittick, traveled there to capture everyday Pueblo life. Organized by the people of Isleta Pueblo, Time Exposures portrays their lives before the arrival of tourists and other visitors, the changes imposed over the following decades and the ways in which the people of Isleta Pueblo worked to preserve their way of life. (read more)

Exhibition dates:
Through Jun. 10, 2012 at George Gustav Heye Center, New York

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