Photography Revives a Tribal Tradition

How Native American Youth Are Reviving Tribal Bonds Through Photography
Young Crow Indians team up with Nat Geo photographers to explore the roots of their community.

TribalTradition07aPhotograph by Jonathan Kingston, National Geographic Creative

TribalTradition07bPhotograph by Chrisjynn Not Afraid, National Geographic Photo Camp

TribalTradition07cPhotograph by JoAnn Other Medicine, National Geographic Photo Camp

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In the Crow Indian tradition, the clan system is what binds members of the community together, creating a network of material and spiritual support that extends beyond blood relatives. But as mainstream Western culture takes the place of indigenous beliefs, this tradition is in danger of disappearing. For five days this summer, National Geographic photographers and mentors taught Crow Indian youth how to use photography as a way of telling the stories of their community and rediscovering their tribal roots.

more at nationalgeographic

TribalTradition07dPhotograph by Mallory Benedict


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