LatinaLista — Though it seems to be popular these days to blame the Internet for all of society’s ills, there’s no denying that this technology is able to accomplish what no other one has done before — be truly inclusive.
The latest ‘voices’ using the Internet are indigenous women. Under the banner of tea & bannock and a tagline of “indigenous women photographers, telling story, sharing light,” indigenous photographers are using their skills to elevate the indigenous experience.
Originally with a focus on photography by indigenous Canadian women, the site’s creator, Tenille Campbell,tells Women’s Enews that since its launch earlier this year, the site is attracting attention and contributions from indigenous photographers from around the world.
Campbell’s intent for building the site was so that indigenous women photographers could have a central gathering place, and in the process, “a way to explore and reclaim their heritage.” With more indigenous photographers joining, the site is now serving as “a vital way to communicate with the larger society.” However, an even greater benefit of the site is that it allows indigenous women to move beyond the stereotypical depiction Hollywood is so famous for and craft their own media impression.
Images on the site range from depicting cultural traditions — powwows and authentic dress — to embracing the natural wonders of Mother Nature and the everyday images of just living life as the indigenous.
Featured Photo Credit: Tenille Campbell