20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Cornplanters Kin

During Native American Heritage Month I wanted to celebrate my indiginaety. Being a white presenting Native is weird. I wish my Indigeneity was written in my flesh. As a Seneca woman I come from a long line of warriors; As keepers of the Western Door our tribe nearly eradicated the Algonquin people. As a descendant of the war chief Cornplanter my lineage can be traced back to these lands long before the "founding fathers". His brother, the prophet Handsome Lake is one of my ancestors -so I NEVER ignore my intuition. My grandmother survived the Thomas indian school, so THERE IS FIRE IN MY VEINS. So I wanted to take these pictures to show people when I'm eventually hit with the "Wow, you don't look native" #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. #indigenouscreatures

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Buffalo, New York, United States of America
Camera: LM-X220
Copyright: © Jodi Christiansen