Monday, February 17, 2014

Immortalizing the 'First Peoples': Native American photographer travels coast-to-coast from bustling city to remote reservation in quest to photograph all 566 recognized Indian tribes

Vibrant culture: Sage Romero (pictured) is a member of the Big Pine Paiute tribe of the Owens Valley in eastern California. Romero is also a member of the Taos Pueblo tribe and demonstrates in this picture their tradition hoop dancing
Cultures within cultures: Mary Evelyn is a member of the Ohkay Owingeh and Isleta Pueblo tribes, two of New Mexico's 19 individual Pueblo people
Mesmerizing: The White Mountain Apache have called eastern Arizona their home for thousands of years. Here, one member demonstrates the White Mountain Apache Crown Dance
Proud people: Jane Blackman is Pala. The Pala have an age old history in what is now Southern California. According to, most of the nearly 1,000 enrolled Pala Band members live on their 12,273 acre reservation in northern San Diego County
Strong ties: Robert and Fannie Mitchell are Diné. Many outsiders know the Diné--which means 'The People' or 'Children of the Holy People'-- as Navajo. Their nation's land now straddles Arizona, New Mexico and Utah across 15,000 square miles of land. The Navajo is the largest reservation in the United States
In media: Martin Sensmeier is a member of the Tlingit and Koyukon-Athabascan tribes of Alaska. He is also a model and outspoken blogger
Many faces: Tatanka Means is a member of the Oglala Lakota, Omaha and Navajo Nations. Means is an actor and comedian who's appeared on NBC's Late Shift and the ABC drama Killer Women. He comes from Chinle, Arizona
Joe Tohonnie (left) is a White Mountain Apache and a Crown Dancer AKA Mountain Spirit from Whiteriver, Arizona. Raymond Mattz (right) is Yurok. The Yurok are closely tied to Northern California's Klamath River amongst the inspiring and unique redwood forests
Marva Scott is Talowa, a people who once populated the Northern California coasts 10,000 strong from southern Del Norte County and throughout the entire Smith River watershed and southern Oregon along the Sixes and Rogue Rivers
Star Flower Montoya belongs to the Digueno and Barona tribes. She told Wilbur while discussing cultural identity: 'My Grandma said it best, you learn to wear your moccasin on one foot, and your tennis shoe on the other'