This Graphic Narrative takes place during the RBMVE, in the 1930’s, where groups of students, scientific specialists, and artists worked collaboratively to study the region. They relied heavily on the guidance of local Native American people, primarily Navajo and San Juan Paiute, to safely exist in and move through the landscape.
We focus on Ray Garner, a young Expedition filmmaker, who carefully documented his days in journals throughout his time on the 1937 Expedition. We also focus on Max Littlesalt, a local Navajo man who was a guide, packer, and interpreter for the RBMVE, featured in our first Animated Graphic Narrative. In this second Graphic Narrative Max and Ray work together to build a darkroom to support the photographic goals of the Expedition. This darkroom still exists today near Kayenta in Northern Arizona.