Married, Anna and Katie Harris grew up on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Easter Oregon, where their tribe was moved after the treaty of 1855; Together they manufacture and sell handcrafted pearl and leather goods under the Harris Sisters Collaborative name.
The sisters met Kyle La Mere when he photographed them for a magazine article in 2016, and have collaborated on numerous photo shoots over the years to document and preserve their tribal customs, traditions and badges for future generations.
âKyle became a member of our family. He saw that our culture and our history was so unique, beautiful and original. Collectively between our two tribes Umatilla/ Cayuse and Nez PercÃ© we are down to 6000. Kyle saw how important it was that our family’s insignia and culture be documented so that they can be preserved for the next 200 years. “
The photo exhibit includes images of the sisters performing traditional Indigenous dances, riding their Appaloosa horses, which they train and “honor in life and death,” and basking in the beauty of their sacred land in badges. handmade 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 end on April 30.
Harris Sister Collaboration
SOURCE Collaboration of the Harris sisters