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Real Indians

Larry McNeil, Real Indians, 1977 (printed 2007), pigment print, 10 × 10 1/2 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift Patrick Nagatani, 2016 (2016.4.1) © Larry McNeil

Real Indians

Artist: Larry McNeil (American, Tlingit/Nisga’a, born 1955)
Date: 1977 (printed 2007)
Medium: pigment print
Dimensions:
Image: 9 × 9 in. (22.9 × 22.9 cm)
Support: 10 × 10 1/2 in. (25.4 × 26.7 cm)
Mat: 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.6 cm)
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Gift Patrick Nagatani, 2016
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2016.4.1
Description
Made when the artist was in his early twenties, this self-portrait marked a defining moment in Larry McNeil’s creative practice. At a time when Native artists were asserting their right to define and give voice to indigenous culture, the young photographer juxtaposes himself, a real Indian, with the exaggerated advertising at the Santo Domingo Trading Post. “Even as a young photographer I recognized the humor and irony this photograph represented,” McNeil writes. “After all, it is kind of funny.”
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