She Sang Me a Good Luck Song: The California Indian Photographs of Dugan Aguilar

She Sang Me a Good Luck Song: The California Indian Photographs of Dugan Aguilar
Paperback, with flaps, 10 x 10, with 95 full-color and black-and-white photographs, 144 pages.
ISBN: 9781597143004.

By Dugan Aguilar, Photographer , Theresa Harlan

Dugan Aguilar (Mountain Maidu/Pit River/Walker River Paiute), a man of few words, speaks his heart through his photography. With nature’s light and a camera, he creates images of indigenous California people, photographs that embody the depth of their subjects’ beauty, strength, and humor. His portraits of people, places, and ceremonies combine the intimacy of family photos with the technical skill of a masterful artist. His photographic works have been exhibited nationally and internationally, and a generation of California Indian people have grown accustomed to seeing his photographs in their homes, museums, and News from Native California. Aguilar’s photos defy the romanticized and melodramatic images by which Native people are often depicted. Ranging from portraits of military veterans, basket makers, and dancers to meditative landscapes, Aguilar’s work documents—and contributes to—the perseverance and renewal of Native California’s living, vibrant cultures.

About the Authors

Dugan Aguilar, Photographer

Dugan Aguilar, Photographer

Dugan Aguilar was a Mountain Maidu/Pit River/Walker River Paiute photographer whose work celebrated the perseverance of Native American culture. He exhibited his work at the Institute for Indian Arts, the California State Indian Museum, and the C.N. Gorman Museum. He was the recipient of several awards from the Santa Fe Indian Market.

Theresa Harlan

Theresa Harlan

Inspired by Native artists who create beauty from the intersection of history, culture, and life experience, Theresa Harlan became an advocate for them through her work as a curator and writer on contemporary Native art and photography. She administered programs for the California Arts Council and directed the Carl Gorman Museum in the Native American studies department at UC Davis. Harlan is Kewa (enrolled member of Santo Domingo Pueblo), and is the adopted daughter of Liz Campigli Harlan (Coast Miwok, Tomales Bay) and John Harlan. She lives in Vallejo, California, with her husband.

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