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.

Irvin Tso
Diné Nation

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
    Diné Nation
  • Kevin Smartlowit
    Yakama Nation / Spokane Tribe
  • Vincent Rain
    Cree / Stoney First Nations
  • Louie McDonald
    Flathead Nation
  • Tierra Draper
    Diné Nation
  • Pearl W. Sammaripa
    Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
  • Lolita Henry
    Wetalu Henry

    Nez Perce Tribe
  • Rachel CrowSpreadingWings
    Blood Tribe
  • Joyce Hayes
    Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
  • Taunie M. Cullooyah
    Kalispel Tribe
  • 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 example:


Kevin Smartlowit
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.

Kwel-Kwel-Lish, Smartlowit

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.
Suite #101
Seattle, WA 98115

Contact Ben Marra Studios at or 1-800-624-1940.

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