Issues Background
Vol. 21 No. 2
Summer 2020
cover of NMAI Summer 2020

On the Cover

Standing on a shore near her home in Victoria, British Columbia, Tuesday La Fortune (Nuu-chah-nulth) wears a bear mask carved by her husband, Tsawout First Nation artist Howard La Fortune. While not meaning for it to be used for medical purposes, he carved this artwork to emulate the masks people around the world are now having to wear to protect themselves from the coronavirus. Photo by Sydney Woodward.

“Bear Snout,” Howard La Fortune, hand-carved yellow cedar and leather.



U.S. Marine veterans leading Dakota Access Pipeline protestors
American Indian magazine honors Indigenous journalists and photojournalists, who in the age of COVID-19 have never been more important.
Russel Albert Daniels photographs a group of Genízaro riders
Photojournalist Russel Albert Daniels (Diné and Ho-Chunk) talks about how he learned to express himself through black-and-white images and his experience living among the Genízaro people.
Victor David López sitting on rubble
This photo essay explores the lives of residents of Spanish and American Indian descent who have lived for more than 250 years in this small New Mexico pueblo, a community that had its genesis in violence and slavery.
Tailyr Irvine

The beauty of being raised by an extended family is what makes home special to me and, as I later discovered, is inherently Indigenous. The way I was raised shaped who I am and the work I do as a photojournalist, as the home I know is in stark contrast to how it is often represented in mainstream media.

Michael Irvine and Leah Nelson holding sonegram of their unborn child
The intimate stories in this photo essay reveal how U.S. government regulations that determine eligibility for tribal enrollment are impacting Native Americans’ choice of partners.
Camera and newspapers
Former president of the Native American Journalists Association Bryan Pollard tells how Indigenous media empowers Native voices and communities.
William “Buffalo Bill” Cody talking with one of the Lakota performers in his Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show
Smithsonian online collections offer rare glimpses into Indigenous life from the earliest days of photography to today.
Peter Jemisen's drawing entitled "Iroquois Creation Story–The Twins"
This profile of NMAI Board of Trustees Member G. Peter Jemison (Seneca) follows his journey from abstract artist to a bridge between cultures.