Laguna Pueblo: A Photographic History, by authors Lee Marmon and Tom Corbett, won the 2016 Western Heritage Award for Photography Book from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

A Wrangler — a bronze sculpture of a cowboy on horseback—will be presented to the authors at the Western Heritage Awards Banquet on Saturday, April 16 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Awarded to literature, music, film, and television, the Western Heritage Awards honor works that reflect the significant stories of the American West.

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In Laguna Pueblo, Marmon, a distinguished American Indian photographer, documents over 60 years of Laguna history: its people, customs, and cultural changes. More than 100 of Marmon’s photos showcase his talents while highlighting the cohesive, adaptive, and independent character of the Laguna people.

Along with Marmon’s own oral history of the tribe and his family photos dating back to 1872, Tom Corbett presents archival images and historical research, making Laguna Pueblo the most complete published history of any southwestern pueblo. Marmon and Corbett also interviewed noted tribal elders and oral historians regarding customs, religious practices, and events of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Marmon lives in his hometown, Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico. His interest in photography grew while he was serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. After the war, while working at his father’s trading post, he photographed the main work in this collection, portraits of Laguna elders, which is now with The University of New Mexico.

Corbett is a physician who lived and practiced at Laguna Pueblo in the 1960s. He conceived the idea for this historical book while living among and caring for the Lagunas. It has been a work in progress since that time. He and Lee Marmon have been friends for fifty years.  

Since its publication last year, Laguna Pueblo has garnered a number of honors and awards, including a Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association and two New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. The book was also selected for the Pima County Public Library’s 2015 Southwest Books of the Year.

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