As all of you know I am an aspiring photographer, but what you may not know is that I only became interested in portrait photography because of the ever fabulous Beth Dreyer!
I knew I wanted to be a photographer but I had no idea how to go about making that happen, so my mom suggested that I talk to Beth (she and I go to the same church), and boy am I glad I did. She has taught me so much about photography its unbelievable. Not only did she take time out of her busy schedule to teach me she also let me tag along on her shoots! So after seeing the true art behind portrait photography I have really fallen in love with it. I always look forward to tagging along on shoots to learn and also sometimes help out, one time Beth being the dedicated photographer she is, had me hold her as she leaned off a fence to get a good shot! haha the things we photographers do for a good shot! She has been a great example! and I am so thankful to have someone so dedicated to their art teaching me and if you have anyone like her in your life count yourself a lucky person. I know I am 😀
So as of a couple of years now I have been rediscovering my own heritage, I am a quarter Cherokee, but as Agitsi (my mom) describes it you can’t be a little Cherokee, either you are or you are not. So with this information I finally felt confident enough to start learning the culture. I have learned how to cook typical reservation recipes, make pinch pots, some of the language, and my absolute favorite I learned how to make double wall baskets! I have never really been into crafts, but this goes beyond crafts its a tradition. To feel so connected to the past is a beautiful thing, to look back and learn from those who came before us so we can make the world a better place for those that will go beyond us. So at the close of this post I urge you to learn where you came from, so you can pass this knowledge on, after all the only ones that can make history are the ones that care to tell about it.