A young man and member of the Diné gazes into the sunlight in his ancestral homeland, the Navajo Nation. Located where the states of Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico meet, Diné Bikéyah, or Navajoland, covers over 27,000 square miles and is larger than ten of the fifty states on the North American continent.
The traditional hairstyle wrapped in white sheep string known as the tsiiyéél is an essential element of life and is worn by men and women. Each strand used to wrap the hair is sacred and like a prayer. In this young man’s hair, dress and jewelry, he embodies the importance and expressive values grounded in respect for a holy Creator, the Earth, and all biological and sentient beings who inhabit the land upon with they live.
18 x 24 inches (45.72 x 60.96 cm)
24 x 32 inches (60.96 x 81.28 cm)
30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm)