We are on Indian land, these are the ancestral and present day homelands of the Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee), Shawandasse Tula (Shawanwaki/Shawnee) and S’atsoyaha (Yuchi).Reclaim is a celebration of the power and magnificence of Indigenous women across the United States. Adam Sings In The Timber, Apsáalooke photojournalist, has been taking photos for decades as a documentarian of Indigenous culture and lifeways. In his travels and photographic adventures Sings In The Timber was overcome by the formidable presence of Indigenous women, and the way this presence has the power to transform the energy of space and place. Adam explains, “My project doesn’t seek to expel non-Native people from our ancestral homelands but to inspire pride in my Indigenous brothers and sisters while also communicating to non-Native populations that Indigenous people are still here, and that we are powerful and sacred.”
The ongoing series Indigenizing Colonized Spaces is Adams passion project; he’s worked diligently over the last three years to capture images of women in just about every city he’s visited. Each location selected captures the colonial architecture and worldview of the area – with the buildings like the Trump Tower looming in front of an elk tooth clad Apsáalooke woman, and downtown Chicago framing an Diné girl dancing with delight, Adams intention to redirect his audience’s ideas of power and beauty is undeniably effective.Sings In The Timber and the Native American women he photographs stake claim to the earth beneath their feet, the spaces surrounding them. With her sacred presence, and her ancestors above her and below her, everything is transformed. RECLAIM is a visual prayer, and a lesson in empowerment.
You can learn more about Adam Sings in the Timber and see his work on his website and follow him at @singsinthetimber on Instagram.
Adam Sings In The Timber, Apsáalooke/Crow, Indigenizing Colonized Spaces with Alisha Nicole Fisher, Tsitsistas/Northern Cheyenne and Apsáalooke/Crow, 2019
Adam Sings In The Timber, Apsáalooke/Crow, Indigenizing Colonized Spaces with Shakira Glenn, Apsáalooke/Crow, 2019