Toba Pato Tucker, who has photographed the Navajo and Zuni Indians
of the Southwest, the Shinnecock and Montauk Indians on eastern
Long Island and the Pueblo people of New Mexico and Arizona, now
creates a record of the Onondaga, the Native people who have
inhabited the hills of central New York for fifteen thousand years.
Using a simple black backdrop and available daylight, her
portraits show the timeless, contemplative images that reify the
spirit that has maintained the Onondaga for centuries. Of her work
Tucker has said, "Native Americans are an ancient people striving
to retain their traditional way of life and integrity while
confronting modern society and the dominant culture. I want to
record them, for history and for art, at the end of the twentieth
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