April 8th, 2014 Last Updated on: April 8th, 2014
We always like to showcase Native talent, so we are happy to bring you some great photography from Nyeena-Swadwa Tronson of Panthera Photos. She is currently attending the Art Institute of Portland and will be graduating with her BFA in Photography and Design next spring. Last month we showed off some behind the scenes footage that she shot as part of the movie production Awakening with fellow classmates. Recently she launched her own Photography website at PantheraPhotos.org.
“That was taken in 2013 at the headquarters for Nike. His name is Isaac Trimble. He was getting ready to play a spiritual song for an awareness to preserve and save our culture. This event was sponsored by N7. Isaac Trimble is not only a flute player but he is an amazing story teller and men's fancy dancer too. He is doing a documentary film called the Fancy Dancer.”
“The story behind the pow-wow photos is I had my awesome friend Wriiki Maui and her boyfriend Jose follow me around filming me taking photographs of our people. I am putting together a video biography of me doing what I love to do, and that is photography, specializing in documenting our cultural and behind the scenes. I am taking part in helping others to spread awareness around the world about our people. To preserve and save our dying culture. Our elders are getting ready to pass. They carry the sacred stories with them and we as a community must come together as a whole and pass our stories down to our children. Teach the true traditional and value of our culture. If it does not reach them then our culture will die. In today's society with digital media; it will allow us to tell our stories about historical trauma. What we have lost over time. How do we heal and cope with it today and spread across the world.”
She also has video clips on her website. Here's a snippet from the Jackson Armory Pow Wow in Portland on 3/15/2014.
If you're in the Portland area and would like her out at one of your events or to schedule a photo session, you can contact her via her website PatheraPhotos.org.
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