WALLOWA, Ore., April 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Harris Sisters Collaborative and photographer Kyle La Mere are hosting a NFT art exhibition and sale (link) throughout the month of April, with a portion of all proceeds being donated to Nez Perce Wallowa Homeland, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which protects and maintains the Nez Perce tribe’s sacred homeland.
Mary, Anna and Katie Harris grew up on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Easter Oregon, where their tribe was relocated after the Treaty of 1855; together they make and sell handcrafted beadworks and leatherworks under the name Harris Sisters Collaborative.
The sisters met Kyle La Mere when he photographed them for a magazine article in 2016, and have collaborated on many photo shoots over the years to document and preserve their tribal customs, traditions and regalia for future generations.
“Kyle became part of our family. He saw that our culture and our story was so unique, beautiful and original. Collectively between our two tribes Umatilla/Cayuse and Nez Perce there are only 6000 of us left. Kyle saw how important it was for our family’s regalia and culture to be documented so that it could be preserved for the next 200 years.”
The photo exhibition includes images of the sisters performing traditional Native dances, riding their Appaloosa horses, which they train and “honor in life and in death,” and basking in the beauty of their sacred land in handmade regalia which they recreate by hand because most of their tribe’s history had been wiped out over the years.
The exhibition is now live on Chopperchunky’s digital/virtual art gallery, with purchases available on OpenSea.io – and the exhibition will conclude on April 30.
Harris Sister Collaborative
SOURCE Harris Sisters Collaborative