51st ANNUAL KYIYO POWWOW

Happening every year for the last 51 years, the Kyiyo Powwow is quite a sight to behold. Descending on Missoula from all parts of the US and Canada, Kyiyo participants gather at the Adams Fieldhouse at the University of Montana for two days of dancing, drumming and celebrating native American culture.

I have been to this powwow a few times in the past, but never have I attended specifically to create portraits of the participants. This year was different, and thanks to coordinating with the Native American Student Association (NASA) at the University of Montana, I was able to make it happen. As a photographer, I’d say there are few locations or events that could rival a powwow in terms of excellent subject matter. Sooo many colors, headdresses, interesting beadwork, feathers, face paint … and the list goes on. Every time someone came to my “studio” and wanted to have a photo taken, I got giddy and knew I was right where I wanted to be. Many thanks to every participant who worked with me.

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