by Emmylou Nicolle
The first piece is a portrait of a teenage girl wearing her traditional jingle dress named Winnifred Stevenson who is part of the Nehiyah and Dene tribes. The second piece represents a young Dine lady named Camille, wearing both contemporary clothes and traditional Navajo jewelry. This exhibit was a series of 35 portraits of First Nation girls followed by a short paragraph in which every woman is free to explain what it means to be indigenous today. The portraits are currently sold in my hometown and the money raised will be donated to the non profit, powerourwomen. This exhibit aims to fight stereotypes concerning native women by passing the mic to beautiful, resilient, intelligent indigenous women. All the paintings and stories are shared on the project’s Facebook and Instagram pages.
Know The Difference