“Ryan took a camera to the (Intertribal Indian Club of Tulsa) Powwow, and I went off to Santa Fe. And we started asking people to smile for us,” Harjo said.

The resulting film, “Smiling Indians,” was posted on YouTube in February. Although it hasn’t drawn the same number of viewers that videos by pop artists or antic cats might, the film did catch the attention of National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” which ran a short feature on “Smiling Indians” recently.

What prompted NPR’s interest was the opening image – white letters on a black background stating “This film is dedicated to Edward S. Curtis.”

Curtis was a photographer who in 1906 began work on “The American Indian” – a series of some 1,500 images that have become iconic. In Curtis’ images, no one is smiling.

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