In the 1970s, Environmental Protection Agency commissioned, Photographer Terry Eiler to document how much the nationals growing environmental concern were impacting the Navajo community — a society that was often missed on the country’s radar. He also documented the everyday life of the native community.
Eiler’s photographs also revealed the who valued kinship and who had one noble — and seemingly simple — goal: the protection of a deeply-rooted culture. But it’s also clear that Eiler found long-perpetuated hardships and decisive resistance to most of modernity. Their standards of living were low and many of the Navajo families were struggling hard to make ends meet. The Navajo miners worked in dangerous conditions and for very low wages.