Photography

                                                                                                                                                                                         The Apache Tradition of Becoming Woman : Sunrise Ceremony

Becoming Woman I

 

The Sunrise Ceremony (Na’ii’ees) is a four-day ceremony that Apache girls experience during the summer following their first menstruation. For most of the days and nights they participate in songs, dances and sacred rituals. The girl is painted with sacred mixture by the White Painted Woman that gives her power to womanhood. The last day the girl blesses her people with pollen and heals all members of her tribe.

I was inspired by the way women are venerated in this ancient tradition and vintage portraits to recreate the most interesting and fascinating part of the ritual.

 

With the special collaboration of:

Model: Martha Valdez
Jewellery Makers: Ximena Farinango and Julio Rojas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Becoming Woman I

 

Painted by The White Woman   Painted by the White Painted Woman

 

Getting the Power   Getting the Power

 

Spiritual Knowledge   Spiritual Knowledge

 

Blessing the Tribe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blessing the Tribe

 

Becoming Woman II

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Becoming Woman II