Photographer's Note

This young man was participating in the "Sunflower" Festival that used to be held at the Denver Botanic Gardens. It was a beautiful family-friendly event which centered around the Native American theme. The entertainment included flute playing, dancing and story telling. This young teenage boy was a real nice kid and I am almost positive that he belonged to the Hopi tribe which resides in Arizona in the same general vicinity as their Navajo neighbors. I figured that since I am still doing my Southwestern photo tour that now was a good as time as any to post this photo. The white powder on his face is not scanning noise but a fine white powder used for ceremonies. The color saturation might look a little muted but I try not to oversaturate portraits.

Photo assignments are a "feast or famine" affair and I received last minute requests to photograph dance performances and a street fair this weekend so I will be out of touch from Saturday through Tuesday.
Mel McRee brought up a very important point. Even though this young man is Native American he is still an American boy with his fashionable late 1990's haircut. I appreciate living in the USA and that the Native-American culture is an important part of our heritage. In spite of the difficult history that the European settlers and the Indians shared, Native-Americans are proud to be American citizens and many of them have served proudly and bravely in our armed forces.

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