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Photo by @choutoo | 
1. A street block taped off after the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack.

2. A group prayer at a vigil held after the attack.

The next set of photos I will be sharing is from an on-going project on the U.S. exploring the national events that are shaping the conversations of how we are understanding ourselves as Americans.

Hi! This is Jessica and I’m taking over for  WP this week. I'm a photog based in SF & LA and I'm interested in chronicling contemporary American life. I do this through portraiture and documentary work - looking for clues of our culture in our landscape and everyday life and making photos of people who are shaping the world we are living in.

#womenphotograph #jessicachou #america
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Photo by @choutoo |
1. a street block taped off after the 2015 san bernardino terrorist attack.

2. a group prayer at a vigil held after the attack.

the next set of photos i will be sharing is from an on-going project on the u.s. exploring the national events that are shaping the conversations of how we are understanding ourselves as americans.

hi! this is jessica and i’m taking over for wp this week. i'm a photog based in sf & la and i'm interested in chronicling contemporary american life. i do this through portraiture and documentary work - looking for clues of our culture in our landscape and everyday life and making photos of people who are shaping the world we are living in.

#womenphotograph #jessicachou #america
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Photo by @choutoo | 
1. A man takes fastidious notes at a bus stop 
2. China, Monterey Park, Los Angeles itched into a catcus

Finishing off my Suburban Chinatown project with this post. I will sharing my work across the U.S. next. 
About Suburban Chinatown: This series is about my hometown in the San Gabriel Valley - a cluster of Asian-majority suburbs just 10-mins east of Los Angeles. 
The region currently has one of the largest concentration of Chinese and Taiwanese Americans and the city I grew up in (Monterey Park) was the first city in the US to have Asian-majority. While I knew I lived in a bit of a unique bubble, I had always felt like any regular kid growing up in the suburbs and attended a high school that aspired to be like that of a John Hughes movie (except people mostly looked like me). I had always accepted and embraced mainstream American culture as my own, but I also knew that the life inside my home, as well as those of my friends, looked quite different from what was reflected at me.

The series stems from that experience and it looks at daily life in the region. It explores how the community has grafted its way into the memory of the landscape and how the imagination of the suburbs has informed the lives to people who inhabit it.

Hi! It’s Jessica and I’m taking over for  WP this week. I'm a photog based in SF & LA and I'm interested in chronicling contemporary American life. I do this through portraiture and documentary work - making photos of people who are shaping the world we are living in and looking for clues of our culture in our landscape and everyday life.

#womenphotograph #jessicachou #sangabrielvalley #losangeles #california #suburbia
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Photo by @choutoo |
1. a man takes fastidious notes at a bus stop
2. china, monterey park, los angeles itched into a catcus

finishing off my suburban chinatown project with this post. i will sharing my work across the u.s. next.
about suburban chinatown: this series is about my hometown in the san gabriel valley - a cluster of asian-majority suburbs just 10-mins east of los angeles.
the region currently has one of the largest concentration of chinese and taiwanese americans and the city i grew up in (monterey park) was the first city in the us to have asian-majority. while i knew i lived in a bit of a unique bubble, i had always felt like any regular kid growing up in the suburbs and attended a high school that aspired to be like that of a john hughes movie (except people mostly looked like me). i had always accepted and embraced mainstream american culture as my own, but i also knew that the life inside my home, as well as those of my friends, looked quite different from what was reflected at me.

the series stems from that experience and it looks at daily life in the region. it explores how the community has grafted its way into the memory of the landscape and how the imagination of the suburbs has informed the lives to people who inhabit it.

hi! it’s jessica and i’m taking over for wp this week. i'm a photog based in sf & la and i'm interested in chronicling contemporary american life. i do this through portraiture and documentary work - making photos of people who are shaping the world we are living in and looking for clues of our culture in our landscape and everyday life.

#womenphotograph #jessicachou #sangabrielvalley #losangeles #california #suburbia
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Photo by @choutoo | 
1. Woman in Abercrombie 
2. A military portrait hangs in a dollar store
3. Bruce and Sherry 
Continuing here with my Suburban Chinatown project. This series is about my hometown in the San Gabriel Valley - a cluster of Asian-majority suburbs just 10-mins east of Los Angeles. 
The region currently has one of the largest concentration of Chinese and Taiwanese Americans and the city I grew up in (Monterey Park) was the first city in the US to have Asian-majority. While I knew I lived in a bit of a unique bubble, I had always felt like any regular kid growing up in the suburbs and attended a high school that aspired to be like that of a John Hughes movie (except people mostly looked like me). I had always accepted and embraced mainstream American culture as my own, but I also knew that the life inside my home, as well as those of my friends, looked quite different from what was reflected at me.

The series stems from that experience and it looks at daily life in the region. It explores how the community has grafted its way into the memory of the landscape and how the imagination of the suburbs has informed the lives to people who inhabit it.

Hi! It’s Jessica and I’m taking over for  WP this week. I'm a photog based in SF & LA and I'm interested in chronicling contemporary American life. I do this through portraiture and documentary work - looking for clues of our culture in our landscape and everyday life as well as making portraits of people who are shaping the world. 
#womenphotograph #jessicachou #sangabrielvalley #losangeles #california #suburbia
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Photo by @choutoo |
1. woman in abercrombie
2. a military portrait hangs in a dollar store
3. bruce and sherry
continuing here with my suburban chinatown project. this series is about my hometown in the san gabriel valley - a cluster of asian-majority suburbs just 10-mins east of los angeles.
the region currently has one of the largest concentration of chinese and taiwanese americans and the city i grew up in (monterey park) was the first city in the us to have asian-majority. while i knew i lived in a bit of a unique bubble, i had always felt like any regular kid growing up in the suburbs and attended a high school that aspired to be like that of a john hughes movie (except people mostly looked like me). i had always accepted and embraced mainstream american culture as my own, but i also knew that the life inside my home, as well as those of my friends, looked quite different from what was reflected at me.

the series stems from that experience and it looks at daily life in the region. it explores how the community has grafted its way into the memory of the landscape and how the imagination of the suburbs has informed the lives to people who inhabit it.

hi! it’s jessica and i’m taking over for wp this week. i'm a photog based in sf & la and i'm interested in chronicling contemporary american life. i do this through portraiture and documentary work - looking for clues of our culture in our landscape and everyday life as well as making portraits of people who are shaping the world.
#womenphotograph #jessicachou #sangabrielvalley #losangeles #california #suburbia
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Photo by @choutoo | 
1. A man runs pass the sprinklers 
2. A woman enters a parking lot leaving the store
3. Buddhist food offerings found on the street. 
Continuing here with from my Suburban Chinatown project. This series is about my hometown in the San Gabriel Valley - a cluster of Asian-majority suburbs just 10-mins east of Los Angeles. 
The region currently has one of the largest concentration of Chinese and Taiwanese Americans and the city I grew up in (Monterey Park) was the first city in the US to have Asian-majority. While I knew I lived in a bit of a unique bubble, I had always felt like any regular kid growing up in the suburbs and attended a high school that aspired to be like that of a John Hughes movie (except people mostly looked like me). I had always accepted and embraced mainstream American culture as my own, but I also knew that the life inside my home, as well as those of my friends, looked quite different from what was reflected at me.

The series stems from that experience and it looks at daily life in the region. It explores how the community has grafted its way into the memory of the landscape and how the imagination of the suburbs has informed the lives to people who inhabit it.

Hi! It’s Jessica and I’m taking over for  WP this week. I'm a photog based in SF & LA and I'm interested in chronicling contemporary American life. I do this through portraiture and documentary work - looking for clues of our culture in our landscape and everyday life and making photos of people who are shaping the world we are living in. 
#womenphotograph #jessicachou #sangabrielvalley #losangeles #california #suburbia
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Photo by @choutoo |
1. a man runs pass the sprinklers
2. a woman enters a parking lot leaving the store
3. buddhist food offerings found on the street.
continuing here with from my suburban chinatown project. this series is about my hometown in the san gabriel valley - a cluster of asian-majority suburbs just 10-mins east of los angeles.
the region currently has one of the largest concentration of chinese and taiwanese americans and the city i grew up in (monterey park) was the first city in the us to have asian-majority. while i knew i lived in a bit of a unique bubble, i had always felt like any regular kid growing up in the suburbs and attended a high school that aspired to be like that of a john hughes movie (except people mostly looked like me). i had always accepted and embraced mainstream american culture as my own, but i also knew that the life inside my home, as well as those of my friends, looked quite different from what was reflected at me.

the series stems from that experience and it looks at daily life in the region. it explores how the community has grafted its way into the memory of the landscape and how the imagination of the suburbs has informed the lives to people who inhabit it.

hi! it’s jessica and i’m taking over for  wp this week. i'm a photog based in sf & la and i'm interested in chronicling contemporary american life. i do this through portraiture and documentary work - looking for clues of our culture in our landscape and everyday life and making photos of people who are shaping the world we are living in.
#womenphotograph #jessicachou #sangabrielvalley #losangeles #california #suburbia
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Photo by @choutoo | Hi! It’s Jessica here taking over for  WP this week. I'm a photog based in SF & LA and I'm interested in chronicling contemporary American life. I do this through portraiture and documentary work - making photos of people who are shaping our world and looking for clues of our culture in our landscape and everyday life.

The first set of work I will be sharing is from my on-going series called Suburban Chinatown about my hometown in the San Gabriel Valley - a cluster of Asian-majority suburbs just 10-mins east of Los Angeles. 
Growing up there, I had always felt like any regular kid living in the suburbs, attending a high school that aspired to be like that of a John Hughes movie (except the people mostly looked like me). And while I've always embraced mainstream American culture as my own, I also knew that life inside my home, as well as those of my friends, looked quite different... The series stems from that experience and it looks at daily life in the region. It explores how the landscape of this classic Californian suburb has informed the lives of the people who inhabit the San Gabriel Valley and it looks at how the community has grafted it's way into the memory of the landscape over the last 40 years. 
#womenphotograph #jessicachou #sangabrielvalley #losangeles #california #suburbia
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Photo by @choutoo | hi! it’s jessica here taking over for wp this week. i'm a photog based in sf & la and i'm interested in chronicling contemporary american life. i do this through portraiture and documentary work - making photos of people who are shaping our world and looking for clues of our culture in our landscape and everyday life.

the first set of work i will be sharing is from my on-going series called suburban chinatown about my hometown in the san gabriel valley - a cluster of asian-majority suburbs just 10-mins east of los angeles.
growing up there, i had always felt like any regular kid living in the suburbs, attending a high school that aspired to be like that of a john hughes movie (except the people mostly looked like me). and while i've always embraced mainstream american culture as my own, i also knew that life inside my home, as well as those of my friends, looked quite different... the series stems from that experience and it looks at daily life in the region. it explores how the landscape of this classic californian suburb has informed the lives of the people who inhabit the san gabriel valley and it looks at how the community has grafted it's way into the memory of the landscape over the last 40 years.
#womenphotograph #jessicachou #sangabrielvalley #losangeles #california #suburbia
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Photo by @TailyrIrvine | Last post! Thank you all for the kind words, messages and follows. You all are the best. And huge shoutout to @_mallorybenedict and @dzalcman for all the work they put into this page and project!
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For my last post I wanted to share some of my favorite photos of tiny humans. Children are by far my favorite to photograph. They are absolutely themselves 100 percent of the time and it makes for the best photos. These last photos are taken from random news events over the last couple of years, powwows, parades and exhibits.
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I also want to bring attention to something really important, the photo of the two young girls is from a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement event. If you’re not familiar with MMIW it’s a movement to bring attention to the number of Indigenous women that are murdered or go missing and are never found. On some reservations, Native American women are murdered at a rate more than 10 times the national average.
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It is the absence of Natives in the media that erases Natives as a whole. When all we are seen as are stereotypes, costumes and mascots, people forget we are human. We are not seen as real people and sexualized costumes fetishizes a group of women who already experience sexual assault at higher rates than any other ethnicity. This is why we need representation. Getting our faces and stories in the news lets the world we are still here and we won’t stop looking for MMIW and we won’t settle for poor healthcare, high suicide rates, and a 20-year shorter lifespan. It’s all related and I am VERY grateful for the platform @womenphotograph gave me this week. I hope you all continue to follow my work and also follow @ntvsphotograph and other indigenous platforms for Natives stories told my Native people. Thank you all again! #MMIW #notyourcostume #womenphotograph #nativesphotograph #indiancountry #notyourmascot #nativeamerica
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Photo by @tailyrirvine | last post! thank you all for the kind words, messages and follows. you all are the best. and huge shoutout to @_mallorybenedict and @dzalcman for all the work they put into this page and project!
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for my last post i wanted to share some of my favorite photos of tiny humans. children are by far my favorite to photograph. they are absolutely themselves 100 percent of the time and it makes for the best photos. these last photos are taken from random news events over the last couple of years, powwows, parades and exhibits.
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i also want to bring attention to something really important, the photo of the two young girls is from a missing and murdered indigenous women movement event. if you’re not familiar with mmiw it’s a movement to bring attention to the number of indigenous women that are murdered or go missing and are never found. on some reservations, native american women are murdered at a rate more than 10 times the national average.
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it is the absence of natives in the media that erases natives as a whole. when all we are seen as are stereotypes, costumes and mascots, people forget we are human. we are not seen as real people and sexualized costumes fetishizes a group of women who already experience s****l assault at higher rates than any other ethnicity. this is why we need representation. getting our faces and stories in the news lets the world we are still here and we won’t stop looking for mmiw and we won’t settle for poor healthcare, high suicide rates, and a 20-year shorter lifespan. it’s all related and i am very grateful for the platform @womenphotograph gave me this week. i hope you all continue to follow my work and also follow @ntvsphotograph and other indigenous platforms for natives stories told my native people. thank you all again! #mmiw #notyourcostume #womenphotograph #nativesphotograph #indiancountry #notyourmascot #nativeamerica
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Photos by @tailyrirvine | Hi! Throwing up some more photos from a tiny town on the panhandle of Florida. This road used to be Alligator Drive. It’s the only road to get to some homes in Alligator Point so a lot of residents have to walk around or use a four wheeler to make the 2.5 mile commute to their homes. Majority of my day was spent talking to residents and photographing this one neighborhood. It was a beautiful quiet day that in contrast to the destruction gave the area an eerie feel to it. #hurricanemichael #aftermath #florida #floridapanhandle #womenphotograph #nativesphotograph #photojournalism
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Photos by @tailyrirvine | hi! throwing up some more photos from a tiny town on the panhandle of florida. this road used to be alligator drive. it’s the only road to get to some homes in alligator point so a lot of residents have to walk around or use a four wheeler to make the 2.5 mile commute to their homes. majority of my day was spent talking to residents and photographing this one neighborhood. it was a beautiful quiet day that in contrast to the destruction gave the area an eerie feel to it. #hurricanemichael #aftermath #florida #floridapanhandle #womenphotograph #nativesphotograph #photojournalism
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Photos by @tailyrirvine | Hey you beautiful people! I’m switching gears today. I currently work with the Tampa Bay Times and as you may know Hurricane Michael recently devastated the Florida Panhandle. I was sent out to cover the after effects of the storm which means I don’t have my hard drive with the my Indian Country photos. But that’s okay! Instead you’ll get some images from my time with the National Guard fresh off the card!
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We are currently embedded with the guard in a place called Alligator Point. They have been called in to help with clearance and security in places hit by the storm. #womenphotograph #nationalguard #hurricanemichael #nativesphotograph #hurricane #photojournalism
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Photos by @tailyrirvine | hey you beautiful people! i’m switching gears today. i currently work with the tampa bay times and as you may know hurricane michael recently devastated the florida panhandle. i was sent out to cover the after effects of the storm which means i don’t have my hard drive with the my indian country photos. but that’s okay! instead you’ll get some images from my time with the national guard fresh off the card!
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we are currently embedded with the guard in a place called alligator point. they have been called in to help with clearance and security in places hit by the storm. #womenphotograph #nationalguard #hurricanemichael #nativesphotograph #hurricane #photojournalism
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Photos by @TailyrIrvine | Today I’m going to chat a little about my experience at Standing Rock. I went to Standing Rock in September, November and December of 2016 to document one of the largest gatherings of Native American tribes in recent history. When I first attended it was quite small and felt more like a powwow than a protest. Compared to my last trip where it was a circus of media, out-of-state protesters and everything in between.
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Reporting at the Oceti Sakowin Camp opened my eyes to the ignorance surrounding the interaction and coverage media has with Native Americans. Journalists wanted the “authentic Indian” doing authentic Indian things. There were thousands of Natives in attendance but a lot of photographers had a tendency to focus on Natives in regalia or on horseback. I understand how beautiful the culture is to outsiders but again it’s not the whole story. .
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My focus was just slices of life from the camp. What it was like living for months in a place where there was no cell service. I wanted to focus on the everyday. Who was cooking? What were the children up to? What did the camp look like majority of the time?  Anyway, hope you enjoy! #womenphotograph #nativesphotograph #standingrock #indiancountry #sliceoflife #nativeamerica
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Photos by @tailyrirvine | today i’m going to chat a little about my experience at standing rock. i went to standing rock in september, november and december of 2016 to document one of the largest gatherings of native american tribes in recent history. when i first attended it was quite small and felt more like a powwow than a protest. compared to my last trip where it was a circus of media, out-of-state protesters and everything in between.
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reporting at the oceti sakowin camp opened my eyes to the ignorance surrounding the interaction and coverage media has with native americans. journalists wanted the “authentic indian” doing authentic indian things. there were thousands of natives in attendance but a lot of photographers had a tendency to focus on natives in regalia or on horseback. i understand how beautiful the culture is to outsiders but again it’s not the whole story. .
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my focus was just slices of life from the camp. what it was like living for months in a place where there was no cell service. i wanted to focus on the everyday. who was cooking? what were the children up to? what did the camp look like majority of the time?  anyway, hope you enjoy! #womenphotograph #nativesphotograph #standingrock #indiancountry #sliceoflife #nativeamerica
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Photo by @TailyrIrvine | This post will focus on regalia. I want to be really clear that my goal to show contemporary Natives does not exclude tradition. The point of getting more Natives in the media is to show all aspects of the community where people can post these photos without being reduced to a one-dimensional human. Also important to note that not everyone has access to the knowledge to make or can afford to have their own regalia. That does not make them any less Native.
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The details that go into someone's regalia is beautiful and mind boggling and deserves to be highlighted. Everything is meticulously matched in a process that can last an entire lifetime. The outfit is an extension of the person wearing it. The beadwork, shells, otter, earrings, scarves and jewelry can take years to acquire and they all represent little pieces of who that person is. @nomaet_lauren, the woman in this shoot, graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor of science in health and human performance and used these photos for the invitation. #womenphotograph #nativesphotograph #indiancountry #nativeamerica #montana #northerncheyenne #NOTYOURCOSTUME
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Photo by @tailyrirvine | this post will focus on regalia. i want to be really clear that my goal to show contemporary natives does not exclude tradition. the point of getting more natives in the media is to show all aspects of the community where people can post these photos without being reduced to a one-dimensional human. also important to note that not everyone has access to the knowledge to make or can afford to have their own regalia. that does not make them any less native.
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the details that go into someone's regalia is beautiful and mind boggling and deserves to be highlighted. everything is meticulously matched in a process that can last an entire lifetime. the outfit is an extension of the person wearing it. the beadwork, shells, otter, earrings, scarves and jewelry can take years to acquire and they all represent little pieces of who that person is. @nomaet_lauren, the woman in this shoot, graduated from the university of montana with a bachelor of science in health and human performance and used these photos for the invitation. #womenphotograph #nativesphotograph #indiancountry #nativeamerica #montana #northerncheyenne #notyourcostume
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Photos by @tailyrirvine | Back at it again with contemporary Native America. These photos are from the annual Bitterroot (Sp̓eƛ̓m) Dig on the Flathead Reservation in Montana. Sp̓eƛ̓m was a staple harvest for the Salish people. Each year members from the tribe dig, peel, clean and cook the root and then celebrate the day with a feast at the long house. The root is boiled into a soup with the option to add in a huckleberry sauce to help sweeten the bitterness. This is a photo of my father and my nephew digging the roots together. The second photo is how the roots look before they are peeled. #nativeamerica #Sp̓eƛ̓m #bitterroot #bitterrootdig #flatheadreservation #montana #salish #indiancountry #traditions #contemporary #cskt #womenphotograph #nativesphotograph
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Photos by @tailyrirvine | back at it again with contemporary native america. these photos are from the annual bitterroot (sp̓eƛ̓m) dig on the flathead reservation in montana. sp̓eƛ̓m was a staple harvest for the salish people. each year members from the tribe dig, peel, clean and cook the root and then celebrate the day with a feast at the long house. the root is boiled into a soup with the option to add in a huckleberry sauce to help sweeten the bitterness. this is a photo of my father and my nephew digging the roots together. the second photo is how the roots look before they are peeled. #nativeamerica #sp̓eƛ̓m #bitterroot #bitterrootdig #flatheadreservation #montana #salish #indiancountry #traditions #contemporary #cskt #womenphotograph #nativesphotograph
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Happy Indigenous Peoples Day! My name is @TailyrIrvine and I am a member of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana. I am taking over for the week! It’s a happy coincidence that I started on Indigenous Peoples Day because this week I’ll be sharing various photos from Indian Country. The goal with my work is to shine a light on contemporary Native America that is often missing from the media. I hope this will be as fun for you as it is for me!
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Louis McDonald rests his hand on the Medicine Tree during the Salish Tribe's annual trip. The Medicine Tree is located off the Flathead Reservation in the Salish's aboriginal homeland. The tree is part of the Salish's creation story and every year members of the tribe return to it to pray. #nativeamerica #indiancountry #indigenouspeoplesday #indigenoustraditions #womenphotograph
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Happy indigenous peoples day! my name is @tailyrirvine and i am a member of the salish and kootenai tribes in montana. i am taking over for the week! it’s a happy coincidence that i started on indigenous peoples day because this week i’ll be sharing various photos from indian country. the goal with my work is to shine a light on contemporary native america that is often missing from the media. i hope this will be as fun for you as it is for me!
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louis mcdonald rests his hand on the medicine tree during the salish tribe's annual trip. the medicine tree is located off the flathead reservation in the salish's aboriginal homeland. the tree is part of the salish's creation story and every year members of the tribe return to it to pray. #nativeamerica #indiancountry #indigenouspeoplesday #indigenoustraditions #womenphotograph