Photography from The Red Road Project Featured on CNN

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown February 5th, 2015 Last Updated on: October 24th, 2018

It's always refreshing to see our Native people displayed in a positive light; no poverty porn needed here! This week, CNN featured photographs from The Red Road Project. This ongoing series is the brainchild of Italian photographer Carlotta Cardana and writer Danielle SeeWalker (Standing Rock Sioux). These two became lifelong friends in high school in an unlikely place: small town Nebraska. Danielle had just moved from her reservation in North Dakota and Carlotta was a foreign exchange student from Italy. The two bonded over being the new kid in town and not quite fitting in with everyone else. They kept in touch over the years and had just recently met up in person again, dreaming of collaborating on a project. They decided to seize the day and just stop dreaming and do it!

The Red Road Project is a fresh and candid collection of photographs & stories exploring the relationship between Native American people and their identity today. Our partnership as a photographer and writer duo makes for a multi-dimensional and unique piece. Carlotta’s photographs capture the story of what it means to be a Native American in the twenty-first century, while Danielle’s direct connection to Indian country gives this project an insider point of view.

Via The Red Road Project website

Via The Red Road Project website


You might remember these photos were first featured in the September issue of Marie Claire (UK), 8 Native Women Fighting to Preserve Their Culture.

Due to copyright, we can't show you the latest photos from the project on our website, but I suggest you hop on over to CNN and check out their gallery. Beautiful photos with strong women! I can't wait to see more from the photographer and hopefully share future photos with you here!

The duo plan to hit up the Gathering of Nations pow wow in April. Carlotta would love to have an extended stay in New Mexico after GON, so if anyone has any suggestions on places to visit and people to photography, please feel free to contact them at: http://www.redroadproject.com/getintouch/!

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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Cheryl big plume

What about the beauty in the disable native Americas
There is beauty in the most unlikely places

Vera Simms

Hope to see you at GON. Will you have a booth, or just attending. I like GON but it has gotten so big and crowded.


I agree always wonderful to see native Americans in the spot light!!

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