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C. C. C. Navajo, ca. 1936–41

Part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)  provided unskilled, manual labor jobs related to the conservation and development of natural resources in rural lands owned by federal, state, and local governments for unemployed, unmarried men, ages 17–23; separate programs were operated for veterans and American Indians. The organization provided employment for young men who had difficulty finding jobs during the Great Depression, while leading to greater awareness and appreciation of the outdoors. This photograph was created as Helen Post traveled throughout the American West and Southwest documenting Apache, Hopi, Navajo, Pueblo, and Sioux Indians.

C. C. C. Navajo, ca. 1936–41. Gelatin silver print by Helen M. Post. Gift of Peter Modley. P1985.51.17. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas.