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Helga Teiwes photograph collection

Photographer:
Teiwes, Helga  Search this
Names:
Arizona State Museum  Search this
Gila River Indian Reservation (Ariz.)  Search this
Navajo Nation, Arizona, New Mexico & Utah  Search this
Extent:
3775 negatives (photographic)
3126 slides (photographs)
433 Photographic prints
196 Transparencies
16 Linear feet
Culture:
San Carlos Apache  Search this
Akimel O'odham (Pima)  Search this
Hopi Pueblo  Search this
Diné (Navajo)  Search this
Rarámuri (Tarahumara)  Search this
Tohono O'odham (Papago)  Search this
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Negatives (photographic)
Slides (photographs)
Photographic prints
Transparencies
Photographs
Place:
Cuzco (Peru)
Machu Picchu Site (Peru)
Peru
Arizona
Mexico
New Mexico
Date:
1965-2002
Summary:
The Helga Teiwes photograph collection contains over 7,000 negatives, slides and prints made by Teiwes between 1965 and 2002. For over thirty years Teiwes worked as a staff photographer for the Arizona State Museum, photographing and documenting Native American communities across the American Southwest. During this time, Teiwes also privately took photographs and built personal relationships among members of the Akimel O'odham, Tohono O'odham, Apache, Diné (Navajo) and Hopi tribes. These photographs include portraits of artists at work, families in their homes, daily life on the reservation, special events and landscape photography. Additionally, the Teiwes collection includes photographs from a 1975 trip to Peru and photographs of the Tarahumara (Rarámuri) community in Chihuahua, Mexico.
Scope and Contents:
The Helga Teiwes photograph collection contains over 7,000 negatives, slides and prints made by Teiwes between 1965 and 2002 across the American Southwest, Mexico and Peru. The majority of the photographs document daily life and activities, artists at work, and special events among members of the Akimel O'odham, Tohono O'odham, Apache, Diné (Navajo) and Hopi tribes in Arizona and New Mexico. A smaller amount of photographs documents trips Teiwes made to Mexico to photograph the Tarahumara (Rarámuri) community in Chihuahua and a 1975 summer trip to Peru. The collection is arranged into seven series with additional subseries.

Series 1, Akimel O'odham (Pima), 1965-1993, 2001, contains photographs mostly taken among the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona. These include intimate portraits, landscape views and views of farming and agriculture. Of particular note are photographs of Patricia "Pat" Stone and her family and basket weaver Julia Francisco. The majority of the photographs in Series 2, Apache, 1973-1994, are from two San Carlos Apache coming of age ceremonies, or "Changing Woman" ceremonies, from 1992 and 1994. The 1992 ceremony for Leia Tenille Johnson was held in Whiteriver, Arizona and the 1994 ceremony for Vanessa Jordan of Bylas, Arizona. A selection of 50 photographic prints from these ceremonies were later exhibited in "Western Apache Sunrise Ceremony" at the University of Kansas Museum of Anthropology. The largest series, Series 3, Diné (Navajo), 1969-2002, is divided into seven subseries by topics. This includes artists and artisans, families and individuals across the Navajo Nation, industry and agriculture, trading posts and markets, places, schools, and other topics. Of particular note are the photographs of the Greyeyes family from Tsegi Canyon, Arizona. In addition to photographing matriarch Bessie Salt Greyeyes at home with family, weaving, cooking, shopping around town and herding sheep and goats, Teiwes accompanied Pete Greyeyes to work at the Peabody Coal Mining Company. Other places and events of note include photographs of Monument Valley, Window Rock, seat of the Navajo Nation, the Hubbell and Shonto trading posts and the 1990 graduation from Navajo Community College (Now Diné College).

Series 4, Hopi, 1968-2002, highlights the work and artistry of Hopi basket weavers. Many of the photographs in this series were included in Teiwes's 1996 book Hopi Basket Weaving: Artistry in Natural Fibers. Coiled basket weavers from the Second Mesa include Madeline Lamson, Joyce Ann Saufkie, Evelyn Selestewa and Bertha Wadsworth, among others. Wicker basket weavers from the Third Mesa include Eva Hoyungowa, Abigail Kaursgowva, Vera Pooyouma and Vernita Silas, among others. Teiwes also photographed additional artists and events on the Hopi reservation including Maechel Saufkie's 1995 wedding. Series 5, Peru, 1975 includes photographs from Teiwes's 1975 summer trip to Peru. Teiwes visited and photographed several pre-Colombian archaeological sites including Sacsahuaman and Machu Piccu in addition to photographing in larger cities such as Cuzco, Lima and Quito (Ecuador). A large number of photographs in this series are from the Inti Raymi parade and festival held in Cuzco during their winter solstice. Series 6, Tarahumara (Rarámuri), 1971, 1977-1979 contains photographs from three trips to Chihuahua, Mexico to photograph the Tarahumara (Rarámuri) people for an Arizona State Museum exhibition held in 1979. Also included are photographs from the exhibition opening in Arizona. Series 7, Tohono O'odham, 1969-1995, 2002 contains photographs of the saguaro cactus harvest in addition to other special events among the Tohono O'odham people. Teiwes documented Juanita Ahill, and later her niece Stella Tucker, throughout the process of harvesting and processing the saguaro cactus plant to make jam and ceremonial wine. Additional events photographed in this series include the San Xavier Elders parade and Tumacacori festival.

The photographs in this collection range all media types: 6x6cm color/black and white negatives; 35mm color/black and white negatives; 35mm and 6x6cm color slides; 6x6cm transparencies; contact sheets; and 3x5, 4x6, 8x10 and larger color/black and white photographic prints, some matted for sale or exhibition purposes. Teiwes did include handwritten notations on the backs of some photographs and slide mounts. There is also a small amount of paper documentation.
Arrangement:
This collection is arranged into seven series by culture group or location. Series 1: Akimel O'odham (Pima), Series 2: Apache, Series 3: Diné (Navajo), Series 4: Hopi, Series 5: Peru, Series 6: Tarahumara (Rarámuri), Series 7: Tohono O'odham.
Biographical / Historical:
Helga Kulbe Teiwes was born in Büderich, near Düsseldorf, in Germany in 1930. In 1950 Teiwes began a trade apprenticeship in photography under Master photographer Erna Hehmke-Winterer, a specialist in black and white portraiture, architectural and industrial photography. In 1957 Teiwes earned her master's degree in photography and worked as an industrial photographer in Düsseldorf until she emigrated to New York in 1960. During her four years in New York City, Teiwes worked as a darkroom worker, an assistant photographer for Cartier Jewelers and as a transparency retoucher. She also continued to build her portfolio through free-lance work. In 1964, a trip to Mesa Verde inspired Teiwes to seek work in the Southwest. The same year she was hired by Dr. Emil Haury of the University of Arizona to photograph his excavation of Snaketown on the Gila River Indian Reservation. Following Snaketown, Teiwes was hired as a museum photographer for the Arizona State Museum (ASM) at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She was also sought after for other archaeological projects during the 1960s and 1970s to take publication and studio shots. During this time, Teiwes developed a deep interest in the people and cultures of the Southwest and spent a significant amount of time on reservations building personal relationships among the Hopi, Apache, Tohono O'dham and Diné (Navajo) among others. Teiwes took a particular interest in documenting Native artists and the work they produced, including basket weavers, potters, jewelers and carvers. Teiwes also worked to capture everyday life among the Native people of the Southwest in addition to documenting special events like the Apache coming of age ceremony and the Tohono O'odham Saguaro Cactus harvest. Teiwes retired from the Arizona State Museum in 1993 but continued to work as a freelance photographer and writer in Tuscon.

Throughout her career Teiwes's photographs and essays were published nationally and internationally. Her photographic study Navajo was published by the Swiss publisher U. Bar Varlag in 1991 and published in English in 1993. Her books Kachina Dolls: The Art of the Hopi Carvers and Hopi Basket Weaving: Artistry in Natural Fibers were published by the University of Arizona Press in 1991 and 1996. From October 2003 to June 2004, the Arizona State Museum held an exhibition titled "With an Eye on Culture: The Photography of Helga Teiwes" highlighting the broad scope of her career.

In 2013, Teiwes donated her collection of personal photographs, not taken for the Arizona State Museum, to the National Museum of the American Indian, Archive Center. Teiwes's photographs taken for the Arizona State Museum are housed in the ASM's photographic archives.
Related Materials:
There is a large collection of photographs at the Arizona State Museum where Teiwes worked from 1964-1993. These photographs include harvesting of mesquite, cholla, and saguaro; traditional farming of corn at Hopi and of tepary beans among the Tohono O'odham; and craftspeople and their art in basketry, katsina carving, pottery, and weaving.
Provenance:
This collection was donated by Helga Teiwes in 2013.
Restrictions:
Access to NMAI Archive Center collections is by appointment only, Monday - Thursday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Please contact the archives to make an appointment (phone: 301-238-1400, email: nmaiarchives@si.edu).
Rights:
Please contact the NMAI Archive Center (NMAIArchives@si.edu) regarding the use of this collection, donor restrictions apply.
Topic:
Navajo Indians -- Agriculture  Search this
Navajo artists -- Photographs  Search this
Changing Woman Ceremony (Apache rite)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Arizona -- Photographs  Search this
Basket making -- Hopi  Search this
Indians of North America -- New Mexico -- Photographs  Search this
Saguaro -- Arizona  Search this
Basket making -- Pima  Search this
Navajo Indians -- Social life and customs  Search this
Indians of North America -- Southwest -- Photographs  Search this
Hopi women -- Photographs  Search this
Genre/Form:
Negatives (photographic)
Photographic prints
Slides (photographs)
Photographs
Citation:
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Helga Teiwes Photograph Collection, Box and Item Number; National Museum of the American Indian Archive Center, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NMAI.AC.070
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Helga Teiwes photograph collection
Archival Repository:
National Museum of the American Indian
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmai-ac-070
Online Media:

Chuck and Jan Rosenak research material

Creator:
Rosenak, Chuck  Search this
Names:
Rosenak, Jan  Search this
Extent:
17.6 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Audiotapes
Photographs
Interviews
Slides (photographs)
Date:
circa 1938-2008
Summary:
The Chuck and Jan Rosenak research material dates from circa 1938-2008 and measures 17.6 linear feet. The collection contains research files for four books by the Rosenaks and includes letters, writings, notes, printed matter, tape-recorded interviews with artists, and photographic material.
Scope and Content Note:
The Chuck and Jan Rosenak research material dates from circa 1938-2008 and measures 17.6 linear feet. The collection contains correspondence, writings, notes, printed matter, tape-recorded interviews of artists, and photographs and slides of artists and artwork. The records document the Rosenak's research and collecting trips in the United States, often to isolated locales, in pursuit of new art and insights for their writing projects. The collection relates primarily to their research for Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century American Folk Art and Artists, The People Speak: Navajo Folk Art, Contemporary American Folk Art: A Collector's Guide, The Saint Makers: Contemporary Santeras y Santeros, and are an important source of information on twentieth-century folk art.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 5 series:

Series 1: Research Files, circa 1938-1999 (Boxes 1-9, 19; 9.2 linear ft.)

Series 2: Loans to Exhibitions, circa 1991-1997, undated (Box 10; 0.4 linear ft.)

Series 3: Miscellaneous Files, circa 1969-2003 (Boxes 10-12; 2.0 linear ft.)

Series 4: Audiotaped Interviews of Artists, circa 1990s (Box 12-13; 1.5 linear ft.)

Series 5: Photographs and Slides, circa 1990s (Boxes 13-18; 4.5 linear ft.)
Biographical Note:
Chuck and Jan Rosenak are widely regarded as authorities in the field of American folk art. They amassed one of the finest collections of contemporary folk art in the United States and authored four books: Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century American Folk Art and Artists (New York: Abbeville, 1990), The People Speak: Navajo Folk Art (Flagstaff, Arizona: Northland Publishing, 1994), Contemporary American Folk Art: A Collector's Guide (New York: Abbeville, 1996), and The Saint Makers: Contemporary Santeras y Santeros (Flagstaff, Arizona: Northland Publishing, 1998).
Provenance:
The collection was donated by Chuck and Jan Rosenak, 1998-1999.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research. Use requires an appointment and is limited to the Washington, D.C. research facility.
Rights:
The Chuck and Jan Rosenak research material is owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.
Topic:
Folk artists -- United States  Search this
Art -- Collectors and collecting  Search this
Navajo Indians -- Art  Search this
Folk art -- Southwest, New  Search this
Navajo Indians -- Social life and customs  Search this
Artists -- New Mexico -- Interviews  Search this
Santeros -- New Mexico -- Biography  Search this
Folk art -- United States  Search this
Genre/Form:
Audiotapes
Photographs
Interviews
Slides (photographs)
Citation:
Chuck and Jan Rosenak research material, circa 1938-2008. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.rosechuc
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Chuck and Jan Rosenak research material
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-rosechuc
Online Media:

The Navajos: Children of the Gods 1967

Creator:
Walt Disney Productions  Search this
Physical description:
reference one film reel (720 feet) sound color 16mm
Type:
Motion pictures (visual works)
Place:
North America
United States
Date:
1967
Topic:
Navajo Indians--Agriculture  Search this
Navajo Indians--Social life and customs  Search this
Indians of North America  Search this
Local number:
HSFA 2003.5.103
Restrictions & Rights:
Information on reproduction and fees available from Human Studies Film Archives
Data Source:
Human Studies Film Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_398710

Three roads to Magdalena coming of age in a Southwest borderland, 1890-1990 David Wallace Adams

Author:
Adams, David Wallace http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/relators/aut http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n95018986 http://viaf.org/viaf/7499972  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 437 pages illustrations, map 24 cm
Type:
Books
Biography
Biographies
History
Place:
New Mexico
Magdalena
Magdalena (N.M.)
Date:
2016
Topic:
Cultural pluralism--History  Search this
Hispanic Americans--Social life and customs  Search this
Whites--Social life and customs  Search this
Navajo Indians--Social life and customs  Search this
School children--History  Search this
Coming of age--History  Search this
Intercultural communication--History  Search this
Interviews  Search this
Ethnic relations  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1110796

A return home

Author:
Emerson, Ramona  Search this
Emerson Kitsman, B ive  Search this
Byars, Kelly pro  Search this
Cultee, Roger cmp mus  Search this
Reel Indian Pictures  Search this
Subject:
Emerson Kitsman, B  Search this
Emerson Kitsman, B Homes and haunts  Search this
Physical description:
1 videodisc (31 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 viewer discussion guide (5 pages on 1 CD-ROM : color illustrations ; 4 3/4 in.)
Type:
Video recordings
Documentary films
Place:
New Mexico
Tohatchi
Date:
2009
2009, ©2007
21st century
Topic:
Navajo Indians--Social life and customs  Search this
Navajo artists  Search this
Navajo painting  Search this
Call number:
video 001496
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1084499

Woven by the grandmothers : nineteenth-century Navajo textiles from the National Museum of the American Indian / edited by Eulalie H. Bonar ; Navajo translations by Ellavina Perkins and Esther Yazzie

Author:
Bonar, Eulalie H  Search this
National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.)  Search this
Subject:
National Museum of the American Indian (U.S.)  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 214 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1996
C1996
Topic:
Navajo textile fabrics  Search this
Navajo Indians--Social life and customs  Search this
Navajo philosophy  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_503823

Along Navajo trails : recollections of a trader, 1898-1948 / by Will Evans ; edited by Susan E. Woods and Robert S. McPherson ; foreword by Charles S. Peterson

Author:
Evans, Will 1877-1954  Search this
Woods, Susan E (Susan Evans) 1952-  Search this
McPherson, Robert S. 1947-  Search this
Physical description:
xv, 263 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
New Mexico
Shiprock Region
Shiprock Region (N.M.)
Date:
2005
C2005
Topic:
Navajo Indians--History  Search this
Navajo Indians--Social life and customs  Search this
Navajo weavers--History  Search this
Trading posts--History  Search this
Indian traders--History  Search this
History  Search this
Social life and customs  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1010524

With beauty before us : the Navajo of Chil-chin-beto

Title:
Navajo of Chil-chin-beto
Author:
North Carolina State University Gallery of Art and Design  Search this
College of Charleston Halsey Gallery, School of the Arts  Search this
Physical description:
35 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Place:
Southwest, New
Date:
1999
Topic:
Navajo Indians--Social life and customs  Search this
Navajo Indians--Culture  Search this
Navajo textile fabrics  Search this
Indian textile fabrics  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1032146

The case of the Indian trader : Billy Malone and the National Park Service investigation at Hubbell Trading Post / Paul D. Berkowitz

Author:
Berkowitz, Paul (Paul D.)  Search this
Subject:
Malone, Billy Gene  Search this
Berkowitz, Paul (Paul D.)  Search this
United States National Park Service History  Search this
Western National Parks Association History  Search this
Physical description:
xx, 354 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Case studies
Place:
Arizona
Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site (Ganado, Ariz.)
Navajo Indian Reservation
Date:
2011
C2011
20th century
Topic:
Indian traders  Search this
Criminal investigation  Search this
False arrest  Search this
Navajo Indians--Social life and customs  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_968272

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