The Native American people live in two worlds and are divided not only culturally, but also geographically. In this case you can easily see that this young man's outfit speaks clearly to this. When the US and Canada drew their borders many years ago, it was without regard to the previously established boundries of Indian Country, thus establishing a Geopolitical border through these peoples lands.
In spite of these impediments leveled on these people, they are among the most patriotic people I have met and proud of not only their nation, but also of the nations who have overwhelmed and segregated thier own.
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Coyote (457) 2003-11-10 14:14
Enjoyable. Serious stuff, the dance. This shows their dedication to a lifestyle. The photo might be improved if the people's glasses in the background were dealt with, but I like the kid. And it's hard work (I know, I tried it once a long time ago). Good notes to accompany this shot, keep them coming............
dsidwell (9783) 2003-12-12 11:48
The fill flash works here. Luckily, you have a distance behind the dancer, so the harsh shadows are not readily apparent. What tribe is this? It's interesting that he has both Canadian and U.S. designs on his vest.
digi-mom (1064) 2004-02-21 11:30
This is interesting - and an interesting note you added. I first thought, "don't you mean THREE worlds?" but I understand your point. Good clarity and brightness on the dancer. Too bad about those flash effects in the background, but I do like seeing the audience watching. I would love to know the personal story behind his costume.
- Copyright: Ned Messerschmidt (nmess) (2301)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-09-01
- Categories: Daily Life, Festivals, Ceremony, Event
- Camera: Nikon D100, Nikkor ED 80-400 MM f/4.5-5.6 AF VR Zoom, RAW @ ISO 200, UV
- Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Let's Pow Wow [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2003-11-08 11:05