Strong Hearts Panels
When I saw my first powwow in the mid-1970s I was struck by the powerful sense of self the dancers exhibited on the powwow grounds. I also saw a link to the images made in the early twentieth century by Edward S. Curtis but, unlike the Curtis subjects, which are usually photographed against a plain backdrop and seem frozen in time, I was interested in pulling back the curtain to show the background activities that led up to the dance. I was determined to find social meaning beyond the tourist-like veneer of the event.
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