Developing Stories: Native Photographers in the Field features two sequential photo essays by Native photojournalists Russel Albert Daniels and Tailyr Irvine, created in collaboration with the National Museum of the American Indian. The work of both photographers springs from the same desires: to break down stereotypes of Native peoples and to portray stories that show the diversity and complexity of their contemporary lives.

Each photographer explores an issue that has long been of personal interest and touches the lives of Native people in a specific community. Their compelling, never-before-seen photography and essays provide thought-provoking insights into twenty-first century Native life and nuanced perspectives on an American experience that is largely invisible to mainstream society.

The Genízaro Pueblo of Abiquiú

Russel Albert Daniels

Russel Albert Daniels’ photo essay explores the historical complexities shaping a 266-year-old community’s sense of self. This Indigenous/Hispanic community’s genesis lies in violence, slavery—and survival.

Reservation Mathematics: Navigating Love in Native America

Tailyr Irvine

Tailyr Irvine’s photo essay delves into the legacy of U.S. government regulations impacting Native Americans’ most personal decisions, including with whom they have children. These decisions affect young adults and their families.