New UA Press Title: 'Beyond the Reach of Time and Change'

UA News Services
Jan. 31, 2005


Native American poet and essayist Simon Ortiz has written one of the essays, and edited "Beyond the Reach of Time and Change: Native American Reflections on the Frank A. Rinehart Photograph Collection," the latest title from the University of Arizona Press.

The book features essays by 14 contemporary Native American writers, artists and educators, some of whom are descendants of the individuals that Rinehart photographed, and 100 images from the Rinehart Photograph Collection.

Around the turn of the 20th century, most photographs of Indians pandered to shameless, insensitive stereotypes that presented poses, not people. In contrast, the photographs of Frank A. Rinehart conveyed the dignity and pride of his subjects.

More than 545 Native Americans representing tribes from around the country attended the Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition in Omaha in 1898 to participate in an event known as the Indian Congress. Rinehart and his assistant, Adolph Muhr, made more than 500 glass-plate negatives featuring Native Americans in traditional dress.

Now housed at the Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan., it is considered one of the best photographic records of Indian leaders from this era. This book provides an unusual perspective on the Rinehart collection. It features one hundred outstanding images printed from the original negatives made by Rinehart and Muhr.

These essays reflect on the continuous connection of Native Americans to their past, the irony of images that pay homage to a way of life that was being quickly erased under a government policy of forced assimilation, and the preservation of lives on film that were being changed forever.

Simon J. Ortiz's previous works include "Out There Somewhere, from Sand Creek, After and Before the Lightning," and "Woven Stone." He has received recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in Art. He lives and teaches in Toronto.

Contributors:
Net Blackhawk, Western Shoshone
Carole Nez, San Carlos Apache-Navajo
Gregory A. Cajete, Tewa
Simon J. Ortiz, Acoma Pueblo
Julie Cajune, Salish and Kootenai
Bobbi Rahder, Haskell Indian Nations University
Debra Earling, Salish and Kootenai
James Riding In, Pawnee
Bob Haozous, Chiricahua Apache
Beverly R. Singer, Santa Clara Pueblo-Navajo
Geary Hobson, Cherokee-Quapaw-Chickasaw
Laura Tohe, Navajo
Ted Jojola, Isleta Pueblo
Alfred Young Man, Chippewa- Cree

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