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.