|Following the success of the 1996-2002 calendars, Ben Marra Studios
is proud to present a new calendar for 2003, published by Avalanche
Publishing Company. POWWOW... Portraits of Native Americans
beautifully portrays 13 North American Indian images photographed
on location at various U.S. western powwows.
Since 1988, Ben Marra has been documenting with his camera the
Native Americans who dance to the singing and drumming at the powwow.
His stunning images contain the spiritual pride and honor of these
people who are determined to keep their traditions alive. Nothing
in the image is altered or contrived to fit an idea or stereotype.
The following individuals appear in this calendar:
- Irvin Tso
- Kevin Smartlowit
Yakama Nation / Spokane Tribe
- Vincent Rain
Cree / Stoney First Nations
- Louie McDonald
- Tierra Draper
- Pearl W. Sammaripa
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
- Lolita Henry
Nez Perce Tribe
- Rachel CrowSpreadingWings
- Joyce Hayes
- Taunie M. Cullooyah
- Roberto Vargas
Aztec / Kalispel Tribes
- Justus Cree
Assiniboine / Cree Tribes
A different selection of 105 photographic images are featured in Marra's
book, POWWOW... Images Along the Red Road,published
by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Another 2003 calendar, Native
American Dance,focuses on live-action images of the powwow.
Also, visit our Calendar Archive to see covers
from previous calendars.
In addition to the photos, the subjects have written their thoughts and
feelings about why they dance, and what it means to them to do so. For
Yakama Nation / Spokane Tribe
Greetings my Brothers and Sisters. My given name is Kevin Smartlowit.
My Indian Name is Kwel-Kwel-Lish and I am 9 years old. I come from
the Yakama Tribe. I have been dancing since I was 3 1/2 years old.
I joined the Pow-wow trail along side my father. I have been inspired
by my own relatives to keep on dancing. My relatives are teaching
me the ways of the Pow-wow trail; how I am to carry myself on and
off the dance floor. We dance for our families, pray to our Creator
- the one who gives us life.
My Father and Mother encourage me in everything I want to do. My
Uncles and Aunties praise me on my dancing and this makes me even
try harder at my dancing. I have to admit technology takes over
sometimes. I am glad that my Dad and Mom have chosen to put me on
the Pow-wow trail. They are giving me a way of life to follow. I
am told that it is a good road to follow; you can't go wrong if
you dance with a Prayer in your heart. I am very happy to meet new
people and travel to many different Pow-wows. May the Creator Bless
You on Your Journey.
The calendar is 12" by 12" and opens to 12"
by 24". The cost is $13.00 in the US and $18.00 in Canada, plus $6.50
/ shipping & handling / for one calendar, or $7.00 for two calendars.
(Washington state residents add 8.8% sales tax). To order, send check
or money order to:
||Ben Marra Studios
6025 51st Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115
Contact Ben Marra Studios at email@example.com
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