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The most significant failure within our society today, is that of respect. Such a simple statement although it involves all aspects of our lives, and volumes could be written about it. Without respect we have no morality, social order, law enforcement, family values, or a safe and clean environment.

Traditional Native Americans lives are structured around respect, and their ceremonial clothes called regalia, provides an window into their way of life known as the "sacred circle". This circle refers to all God's creations being sacredly arranged in a circle, indicating each is of equal importance. God's spirit is represented in everything of his making. These spirits can be a positive influence on lives, that live in harmony with their surroundings. Respect must be shown for all God's creations which are gifts if needed, but care must be taken not to be wasteful. Wasting any of God's creations, would show irreverence to him for his gift.

Native American regalia provide us a living history of their culture past and present. They are encouraged to follow tradition in designing their regalia, but equally important each person must individualize their clothes; incorporating their personality and spirit into its creation. Objects are incorporated into the regalia that are symbolic to significant occurrences in their lives, their tribe, and tribal history.

The portraits are the glitter of this project. The personal messages can open your heart and touch your soul. Through this exhibition we will see a culture with a proud heritage, providing a shining example of mankind.

Usually Native Americans do not approve of being photographed in their ceremonial dance regalia. Elders and chiefs of the tribes that believe in this project, asked each individual they felt represented their people the best to participate . As I was introduced from one tribe to another, often I never met many of the people helping in this project. In one case the person's grandparents found out afterwards, and she called me in tears for they did not approve. Her images were returned. As with most worthwhile endeavors, this was a costly and time consuming project. Much travel was required as I was passed along from one tribe to another. Consequently there are many people I need to thank for making this possible. Bert Seabourn one of the most well know Native American artists world wide, introduced me to Phillip Bread, who at the time was public relations for Red Earth, the largest Native American organization in the United States. Phillip introduced me to Jo Jo Rice who has since passed on. Jo Jo was an excellent beader and educator. Jo Jo passed me on to Jeri Ahbehill, who is so active in the Native world, I find her hard to describe. She could be in Europe helping with a Native film, or opening a new Native American museum out West. I greatly appreciate the help and assistance so many provided.

In all 65 images were captured for a museum exhibition. Numerous images were taken of each individual, so I thought it best to send the images to our models before they described what would be in the photographs. Unfortunately this became our achilles heal, for I only received biographies on 25 images. Hopefully the internet will change this. I can provide more images which we have no information on, and hopefully the individuals will respond. Hopefully this wonderful project can be given a rebirth and move forward! Text provided would have to accompany each image.

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