This Native American Life.


I want to tell you a story, a story that you probably didn’t think still existed. A story about three Native American sisters, Katie, Anna & Mary Harris. These are not your typical sisters. Sure, there is sibling dispute and strife at times but, the love and compassion they have for their culture is why I am telling you their story. 

The Harris sisters are doing something that not many in their culture are doing and that is waking up everyday to keep their culture and history alive. So alive that their love for their traditions will be passed down to the younger Native generations and open up the doors to those outside of Native culture, to better understand the land in which we all call home. 

The Harris sisters work really hard to trace their roots and in that they are on a mission to recreate regalia that their ancestors wore in effort to keep Native American culture alive. 

Each buckskin dress is made from the elk that they or a family member has hunted themselves. Located in the Blue Mountains of eastern Oregon, every single bead and color is specifically placed on by the Harris sisters and holds a specific meaning. 

I set out on a journey with the Harris sisters to photograph their regalia in effort that these images live on not just for the now, but for future generations to discover and truly learn, where American’s began and who inhibited the land. It’s important to keep Native American culture alive when so many thought was dead. 


Suggested print size (not including framed dimension): 70x48  Images printed on Canvas, stretched and framed cost to produce + shipping = $1500 per photo  Retail: $3,500 - $4,500 per photo   The amount of prints on display can be adjusted depending on the size of the gallery

Suggested print size (not including framed dimension): 70x48
Images printed on Canvas, stretched and framed
cost to produce + shipping = $1500 per photo

Retail: $3,500 - $4,500 per photo

The amount of prints on display can be adjusted depending on the size of the gallery


The idea is to make sure not only the photos are larger than any display commonly seen in this day and age but more importantly, to have the regalia on display and experienced so that the detail may be admired.

The idea is to make sure not only the photos are larger than any display commonly seen in this day and age but more importantly, to have the regalia on display and experienced so that the detail may be admired.


Every piece of regalia tells a specific story about Native Americans. Next to each dress there will be information on the regalias meaning and history.

Every piece of regalia tells a specific story about Native Americans. Next to each dress there will be information on the regalias meaning and history.


All regalia is photographed in the Harris sisters homeland of Eastern Oregon ( The Blue mountains ) where they hunt the elk and use the skin to create their regalia.

All regalia is photographed in the Harris sisters homeland of Eastern Oregon ( The Blue mountains ) where they hunt the elk and use the skin to create their regalia.


Every bead from their own regalia to their horses regalia is hand made by the Harris sisters.

Every bead from their own regalia to their horses regalia is hand made by the Harris sisters.


The bond between the Harris sisters and their horses is sacred. There is a deep bond and emotion they share. The Harris sisters are professional horse trainers and have been working with horses since they were very young.

The bond between the Harris sisters and their horses is sacred. There is a deep bond and emotion they share. The Harris sisters are professional horse trainers and have been working with horses since they were very young.


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These wing dresses seen here and the above image created by the Harris sisters are commonly used when going out into the fields for Root digging.

These wing dresses seen here and the above image created by the Harris sisters are commonly used when going out into the fields for Root digging.


Studio fashion portraits showing more detail in the dresses and personality from the Harris sisters.

Studio fashion portraits showing more detail in the dresses and personality from the Harris sisters.


To know and understand Native Americans in this way is to truly understand our country and where it all truly came from. To erase the past and celebrate what is here and will continue to be.

To know and understand Native Americans in this way is to truly understand our country and where it all truly came from. To erase the past and celebrate what is here and will continue to be.


The Red Shell Dress

The Red Shell Dress


Mary Harris dancing

Mary Harris dancing


Katie Harris in her yellow wing dress

Katie Harris in her yellow wing dress