#NoDAPL ‘Healing The Heart’ by Eugene Tapahe
#NoDAPL This poignant photograph of a Native American woman water protector was taken at Standing Rock in 2016 by Navajo photographer and journalist Eugene Tapahe. It was featured in our exhibition ‘We Are Native Women‘ 2017. Framed in black wood with conservation mount. Please contact the gallery for details of unframed image.
Title: Healing The Heart
Artist: Eugene Tapahe (Navajo)
Signed limited edition 1/5
framed size: 45.7cm x 45.7cm
image size: 29.5cm x 29.5cm
“After the vicious raid and destruction of the Standing Rock Treaty camp by the military police and national guard. Tribes from many nations united and held a traditional reconciliation ceremonial prayer to restore balance and heal the people who witnessed the brutality at the treaty camp. When the prayer was over several women performed a traditional jingle dance. This sacred ceremonial jingle dance and song was last performed in the early 1800s, and this was the first time it was allowed to be recorded – so the whole world could be healed. Chief, Arvol Looking Horse, said, “The healing power of the jingle dance is strong because women are the only one’s that have the power to give life and to keep the balance of it, and women are our only connection to the earth.” ET
EUGENE TAPAHE (Navajo/Diné)
“I have always loved photography, from the first time I picked up the camera. I knew I had a calling for telling stories through my images … I have been blessed with great friends and mentors that have guided and opened my eyes to the art of photography; a world of light and beauty. They have inspired me to unify my spirit with Mother Earth and to photograph what I see with my heart.” ET
Award-winning photographer and writer Eugene Tapahe spent the first six years of his life with his grandmother, living off the land and practicing the traditional ways of their ancestors. This lesson in the importance of harmony between Mother Earth and man is what he aims to communicate to us all through his art. He strives to capture the landscape and people of the Southwest, using the camera as a lens to see the presence of his ancestors around him once again.
Eugene Tapahe graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Brigham Young University. Since then he has exhibited his work in specialist venues and festivals across the United States, including the 2015 Smithsonian National Museum Indian Market in Washington, DC.