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kiliiiyuyan

Kiliii Yuyan Indigenous Nanai & Chinese-American photographer. @NatGeo Contributor. Work on indigenous and conservation issues in the Arctic and remote wilderness. http://www.kiliii.com/
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A group of free ranging horses graze along the rim of canyon de chelly, on the navajo nation. horses are considered sacred animals by the diné, many of whom maintain free-ranging herds. in recent times, drought has brought great suffering to feral horses in the region, which are considered to be heavily overpopulated. resistance from animal rights groups has prevented culling of the herds to sustainable size.

this is from the series #navajonation, a project looking at modern life in rural and traditional portions of the navajo nation. it was shot on a joint assignment for @cdcgov and @jhucaih. #navajo #indigenous #arizona

8 hours ago comment 7 star 1,624

A free-ranging foal pauses for a moment from grazing in the evening sun near the rim of canyon de chelly. horses are considered sacred animals by the diné, many of whom maintain free-ranging herds. in recent times, drought has brought great suffering to feral horses in the region, which are considered to be heavily overpopulated. resistance from animal rights groups has prevented culling of the herds to sustainable size.

this is from the series #navajonation, a project looking at modern life in rural and traditional portions of the navajo nation. it was shot on a joint assignment for @cdcgov and @jhucaih. #navajo #indigenous #arizona

Yesterday comment 11 star 2,402

A young juniper grows among the scrub in high-elevation arizona on the navajo nation. the great majority (80%) of the world's protected wilderness exists in areas protected by indigenous peoples, who are only 5% of the population. one major advantage is that indigenous communities retain traditional ecological knowledge that spans generations, which informs the communities' strategies for living in concert with the land they depend upon.

this is from the series #navajonation, a project looking at modern life in rural and traditional portions of the navajo nation. it was shot on a joint assignment for @cdcgov and @jhucaih. #navajo #indigenous #arizona

2 days ago comment 15 star 1,691

Mikhail bahe and her husband weave together on a loom passed down over generations. diné textiles have been highly valued for 150 years, and remains an important livelihood for many on the rural navajo nation.

this is from the series #navajonation, a project looking at modern life in rural and traditional portions of the navajo nation. it was shot on a joint assignment for @cdcgov and @jhucaih. #navajo #indigenous #arizona

3 days ago comment 13 star 1,243

Mikhail bahe nurses her baby boy, secured in a traditional cradleboard. cradleboards are in common use today by diné, who traditionally believe that babies raised in cradleboards will grow up tall. they are also used to ensure protection for babies when outdoors-- if the board falls over, the hoop helps ensure the child will not be injured.

this is from the series #navajonation, a project looking at modern life in rural and traditional portions of the navajo nation. it was shot on a joint assignment for @cdcgov and @jhucaih. #navajo #indigenous #arizona

4 days ago comment 44 star 3,015

A calf looks on after taking a drink of milk from its mother on a long drive to auction on the navajo nation in arizona.

this is from the series #navajonation, a project looking at modern life in rural and traditional portions of the navajo nation. it was shot on a joint assignment for @cdcgov and @jhucaih. #navajo #indigenous #arizona

5 days ago comment 12 star 1,947

The young sister of two diné cowboys waits in a pickup as her brothers drive cattle past on the way to auction. the combination of trucks and horses as tools for cattle ranching are a pragmatic compromise between modernity and tradition.

this is from the series #navajonation, a project looking at modern life in rural and traditional portions of the navajo nation. it was shot on a joint assignment for @cdcgov and @jhucaih. #navajo #indigenous #arizona

6 days ago comment 15 star 2,690

A young cow leaps over brush on the northern portion of navajo land as a diné cowboy watches the herd. the two brothers are driving their cattle to auction, and learning the traditional skills needed to continue the long lineage of diné as herders.
this is from the series #navajonation, a project looking at modern life in rural and traditional portions of the navajo nation. it was shot on a joint assignment for @cdcgov and @jhucaih. #navajo #indigenous #arizona

1 weeks ago comment 14 star 3,334

A diné cowboy looks out over the herd of cattle he is driving to auction. on navajo land, sheepherding and cattle ranching remain important livelihoods in the 21st century.
this is from the series #navajonation, a project looking at modern life in rural and traditional portions of the navajo nation. it was shot on a joint assignment for @cdcgov and @jhucaih. #navajo #indigenous #arizona

2 weeks ago comment 11 star 2,074

Spider rock is the home of spider woman, a cherished hero among the diné, or navajo. spider woman taught the ancestors of the diné the art of weaving, and her home in canyon de chelly remains a sacred place on the navajo nation.

this is from the series #navajonation, a project looking at modern life in rural and traditional portions of the navajo nation. it was shot on a joint assignment for @cdcgov and @jhucaih. #navajo #indigenous #arizona

2 weeks ago comment 25 star 3,015

Kristin mitchell washes her face with snow as she takes a traditional navajo snow bath at spider rock. this part of a snow bath is: yas ninny' bee táádigis bil ádi didiilchil dóó ádaah nidinííldah, or rub your face and body with snow and dust it off.
this is from the series #navajonation, a project looking at modern life in rural and traditional portions of the navajo nation. it was shot on a joint assignment for @cdcgov and @jhucaih. #navajo #indigenous #arizona

2 weeks ago comment 16 star 2,889

Kristin mitchell embracing the snowfall under a juniper tree as it is shaken, taking a traditional navajo snow bath at spider rock. this part of a snow bath is: yas ninny' bee táádigis bil ádi didiilchil dóó ádaah nidinííldah, or rub your face and body with snow and dust it off.
this is from the series #navajonation, a project looking at modern life in rural and traditional portions of the navajo nation. it was shot on a joint assignment for @cdcgov and @jhucaih. #navajo #indigenous #arizona

2 weeks ago comment 13 star 2,152