Little Navajo Indian Girl and Dog

Little Navajo Indian Girl and dog
A sweet child of the Navajos holding on to her pet dog. She wears the rich jewelry and sewed on dimes which constitutes wealth among this southwestern Indian tribe.

Date around 1943. Photo by Josef Muench

BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY: Josef Muench was born in Bavaria February 8, 1904.
At the age of 11 he received his first camera and began a lifelong interest in capturing nature on film.

He arrived in the United States with his brother in 1926 and eventually settled in Santa Barbara, California. In the 1930s, Muench began his long association with Arizona Highways Magazine.

Josef Muench died in 1998.


  1. Great photo!!! I wonder about the blood of this puppy and what had happened at this time around 1943 with the blood of Navajos native dogs.The out dor herding is impossible without good livestock guardian dogs.

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