helping build thomasa's house

writing is usually my preferred form of communication. but words alone couldn’t capture my time in tohono o’odam nation. while talking to amy (organizer + community member) she mentioned how the stories of native / indigenous people are never told by or through them. this is something all oppressed people share. she also said that people have a very outdated idea of what they think native folks look like. 

with all that in mind, i decided to document my time visually. i am not calling myself a photographer. i am a storyteller finding multiple ways to tell stories. here’s a story that i didn’t want to tell with my words but instead have folks who are present in the photographs be active participants in the storytelling process.

all images taken on my iphone.