A Fancy Dancer hovers in midair during UNM-Gallup Native American Club’s fall Pow Wow 2012 in Gallup, New Mexico.
This is one of my many images I donated to the Wikimedia Foundation with the hope it will be used to educate the world about our diverse indigenous cultures.
This particular image is used in Wikipedia’s article about the Gourd Dance: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gourd_Dance
It was taken during the 13th Annual NCI New Year’s Eve Sobriety Pow Wow and Gourd Dance at the Miyamura High School Gym in Gallup, NM on December 31, 2011.
Women’s Southern Traditional dancer at the 44th Annual Western Navajo Fair Pow Wow in Tuba City, Arizona.
A Grass Dancer briefly looks at the crowd during UNM-Gallup Native American Club’s fall Pow Wow 2012 in Gallup, New Mexico.
Mitchell Butte at Monument Valley
I took this during the end of the 2012 Navajo Nation Balloon Festival at Monument Valley. It was a dusty as fuck day. I envisioned what you see as the winds picked up and I looked towards Mitch butte when everything was over. As I was running towards the perfect spot to get a nice foreground to compliment the brume and dusty horizon, I could feel the gritty grind of dirt crackling between my teeth as I composed my shot. I took a few seconds to adjust my exposure. Then boom……….it was done. I looked at my Canon’s LCD screen. I smiled.
It’s an awesome day when you capture when you envision.
A San Carlos Apache Crown Dancer engages the Holy Ones for the protection and welfare of the 66th Annual Navajo Nation fair-goers during the Apache Dance Festival at the Window Rock Sports Center.
A Pow wow dancer’s moccasins glistens with heritage at UNM-Gallup’s Native American Club’s fall Pow Wow 2012 in Gallup, New Mexico.
A fire fighter from the Navajo Nation Fire Department demonstrates the gear they use on-duty to students from the Tse’hootsooi’ Elementary School in Fort Defiance, AZ on October 13, 2011.
A young fancy shawl dancer moves to the drum beat during UNM-Gallup Native American Club’s fall Pow Wow 2012 in Gallup, New Mexico.
Navajo String Games - Robert Johnson, Diné (Navajo) Culture Specialist, demonstrates the intricacies of the String Game during the Navajo Nation Museum’s Diné String Game educational event in Window Rock, Arizona.
In the traditional Navajo life-way, it is taught that when an individual commits to knowing the String Games, that individual’s memory skill will increase, build patience and develop wisdom. These abilities were a gift lain dormant within each Navajo by the Navajo deity, Spider Woman. In a traditional Navajo’s matriarchal worldview, Spider Woman is the deity who taught the Navajo how to weave.
In some regions of Navajoland, the Geo-symmetric designs seen in the string formations are meant to bring Hózhó, the combination of beauty, balance and harmony.