Thursday, September 18, 2014

Announcing the Peqout Proud Project

There is a photographic concept that I have been working on for a few years.  It's based on my own observations as a non - Native living on the Mashantucket reservation. The concept itself is not new but I feel that it applies in a more profound way to Eastern tribes,  specifically first contact tribes,  then those tribes in the west.

The concept is to show the world who a modern day Native is.  Many people have only a vague idea of what it means to be a Native. These stereotypes often portray Natives as being tan skinned with long black hair and wearing regalia.

While some Natives have these physical attributes,  years of assimilation,  slavery,  and prejudices have changed the physical characteristics of what Natives look like. Aside from that many Natives enjoy modern activities and have diverse interests. 

This project is a photographic journey into the modern world of Natives, specifically the Pequots, to help better understand and teach the world what it means to be a modem Native.