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Stoic Pride

Stoic Pride Slide web photo Stoic Pride

The Native American culture is still very strong across our country and is full of their traditions and heritage. I am very drawn to learning more about their strong cultural backgrounds and who they are today. Many Native Americans are known for their very strong facial features that convey strength and confidence. There is an incredible beauty that I want to capture of these great people and their traditions. Traditions that include dance which is still practiced today and can include very colorful and ornate attire that has a very powerful and beautiful look and feel. The goal of this project is to capture portraits of Native Americans from many different heritages and showcase who they are as a person. Capture them for who they are today. Capture them as an individuals even though their heritage can still be seen in their faces. Being able to capture each person in a unique way that tells their story. (ongoing)

STOIC PRIDE PROJECT PERSONAL BIO

“My Native American heritage includes Hidatsa, Mandan, Assiniboine and Crow. I am enrolled in Three Affiliated Tribes on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota. I grew up on the Fort Berthold Reservation for half of my life and was raised by my mother Nina Fox and my family. My grandmother Germain Fox was my role model and responsible with getting me into dancing. She told my mother, “As soon as her feet touch the ground she’s going to start dancing.” She was right, I started powwowing as soon as I started walking and dancing has since been a huge part of my life for 18 years. I have competed across the United States and Canada as a Fancy Shawl Dancer. I also dance jingle and traditional, which are other styles of the women’s categories at powwows. I make all of my outfits and I have taught myself how to sew at the age of 15 years old. I have also learned how to bead and have since learned how to do feather work as well. My mother Nina Fox also does beading for my outfits.

I was very blessed growing up learning about our traditional ceremonial ways. My family is very involved with our ceremonial ways of life, which is my religion that I hold strongly today. My Indian Names are Holy Evergreen and Juneberry Root which I was given as a baby from my great-grandmother. I’m very proud to represent the tribes that I come from and the native people across the United States and Canada.

Four years ago I moved from North Dakota to go to college at Le Cordon Bleu for Culinary Arts in Minneapolis. I graduated from Le Cordon Bleu with my Associates of Applied Science degree last year. I am not working in the Culinary Arts field at the moment because I want to work on other projects while I am still young. I have my own jewelry line that I currently sell online under Skye Jewelry. I also paint paintings, as art has always been a huge interest for me. Creating art is my passion in life. I took 3 years off from dancing for college but I’m starting to compete again now. I have also started modeling last year, which is a lot of fun for me. I am very happy that Travis asked me to be apart of this project so that I could represent the culture that I’m extremely proud to represent. I feel this project will showcase the true beauty behind Native Americans and how we are as individuals today. Thank you again Travis for the wonderful opportunity and it was great working with you.” ~Skye Hall

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