For a Love of His People:

The Photography of

Horace Poolaw

Open Now – August 9, 2020

Our newest exhibition is on loan from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. The exhibit features more than 75 never seen before black-and-white photos taken by Kiowa photographer Horace Poolaw (1906 – 1984).

Poignant Photography of Mid-20th Century Southern Plains Life

What is it: A traveling exhibit that features 75 never seen before black-and-white photos taken by Kiowa photographer Horace Poolaw. Poolaw’s main subjects were mostly friends and family. He sought to capture the lives of mid-century Native Americans of the Southern Plains through weddings, parades, various gatherings and military recruits in their uniform.

Included in the unique and inspiring events he photographed were the first Native American-operated inter-tribal events, the American Indian Exposition (or Indian Fair) held annually in Anadarko, Oklahoma, and the Craterville Indian Fair. Poolaw included the landscape and surroundings in his photos; and it is a realistic and natural depiction of the people and their environment from the 1920s through the 1970s. Unlike the documentation of Native peoples by non-Native photographers, there are no nostalgic attempts to memorialize a forgotten past of the “American Indian.”

Come experience this exhibit

How to visit: See exhibit Mon-Sat 10-5 p.m., and Sun 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: Exhibit is included with the cost of museum admission

Call for Community Art

NOUN: 1. A combination of qualities, such as shape, color, or form
that pleases the aesthetic senses, especially the sight. (Oxford English Dictionary)

A Sense of Beauty
As a part of the museum’s 30th anniversary celebration, you (and everyone else you know) are invited to create artwork inspired by the theme, Beauty. Artwork will be on display in conjunction with the exhibition, A Sense of Beauty, which opens March 9. So get out your paints, pencils, tablets or whatever medium you choose and create some art! (Public artwork will be hung within ten days of receipt after March 9, 2019 and be on display through August 4, 2019.)

Criteria: artwork must be original and inspired by the theme Beauty
2-D only; 4” x 4” size (unframed)
a signed consent form must accompany the entry

Send your entry to:
Public Programs
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
500 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-270

Please download the consent form by clicking here, fill it out and include it with your submission.

You’re invited!


Join us for a special 30th Anniversary Party, which will kick off a yearlong celebration at the museum.


Thank you to Our Contributors

Capital Group Eiteljorg Corporate Sponsor
Barnes & Thornburg Corporate Sponsor at the Eiteljorg
Come experience our new exhibition