Posts tagged: indigenous
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 Pow wow dancer’s moccasins glistens with heritage at UNM-Gallup’s 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.
The cedar stick and yucca lay idle during the 4th Annual Navajo Nation Museum Shoe Game Tournament in Window Rock, Arizona on Dec, 31st. 2012. In the Shoe Game, the 102 yucca stems are used to keep score and the cedar stick is used to strike a shoe, to indicate your guess. The game can be played for hours with no winners. For some families, his teaches their young Navajo children that no matter how cunning you can be, how diligent you can be, sometimes you can not win and accepting an impasse is a stark fact of life.
The shoe game is only played during the North American winter months.
Indigenous Americans show their solidarity for Canada’s First Nations at a #IdleNoMore rally in Window Rock, Arizona, the capital of the Navajo Nation.
Two Navajo skateboarders take a break from skateboarding during the Elemental Awareness’ 2012 competition event in Fort Defiance, Arizona.
The Elemental Awareness Foundation conducts a series of contests each year with a select group of professional skaters in many locations around the USA. The contests are held to promote skateboarding as a positive activity and stimulate community support for youth in these areas.
More information about The Elemental Awareness Foundation can be found at http://www.elementalawareness.org/
A Contestant’s regalia glimmers with nobility during the 44th Annual Western Navajo Fair’s Pow Wow in Tuba City, Arizona.
The Horned Toad, a grandfather to the Navajo, is believed to bring blessings and prosperity to all that hold him. If ever lost - ask Cheii - and he will help you to find your way.