The Americas have a rich cultural legacy stretching back more than more than 13,000 years (There is some evidence that human habitation began much farther back than even that). No mere monolith Native Americans present to the world as a diverse peoples as varied as any found on earth. A myriad of diversities are found both in their traditional life ways and in how they have adapted to colonial incursion as they have reacted to spending more than 500 years lived under both literal and culture siege. As a photographer, and American, and as a human being I have long held a profound respect for these people who, since time immemorial have stewarded, shaped, and defined this land that I love. Whenever possible I strive to reach out to local indigenous people wherever I am working, to show my respect, to ask their blessing, and to document their continued presence so that, in my own small way, I can be an ally by bearing witness to the great works they still do and are seldom given credit for.
These images are from tribes from the Great Plains, The Salish Sea, and The Koyukon. It was my privilege to be granted their permission(all photographers should ask permission first) to photograph them in their “Regalia” deeply personal clothing designed to express and to reinforce their individual and cultural identities.