“We know that the white man does not understand our ways. One portion of the land is the same to him as the next, for he is a stranger who comes on the night and takes from the land whatever he needs. The earth is not his brother, but his enemy – and when he has conquered it, he moves on. He leaves his fathers’ graves, and his children’s birthright is forgotten.”
Chief Seattle – Suqwamish & Duwamish
I’ve always found some great irony the fact that in many of the states and cities that are named after an indigenous population, these groups are often completely marginalized. Many suffer from poor health conditions, extreme poverty, inadequate housing and lack of economic opportunity. Seattle is no different. In a city of extreme and growing wealth there are still segments of the population being left behind. As a city, they need to do better and as a country we need do more.
I’m looking forward to visiting and photographing several tribes this summer in the Pacific Northwest. I hope to tell new stories through my images and gain new friends along the way.