First Nations Dance

While touring Ketchikan, the locals took the pleasure of entertaining our tour group by dancing for us in their long house.  I snapped a photo just as they all turned around before the dance because their cloaks were all so intricately designed.  Not only that, but the “stage” where they performed was painted with this wonderful beaver design.

Native culture has always sort of amazed me.  Their paintings and sculptures have always captivated me, especially the haida gwaii style of art.  It’s rather unfortunate the settlers of the time almost eradicated their culture.  It’s very good that the ones that survived are passing on their storied and great culture on to their offspring.

In processing, I added a little contrast and cropped out the heads of the crowd to emphasize the vivid colours that I saw that day.  I hope you enjoy.

Notes:
Taken with Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi.
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM at 41mm.
Shutter Speed:  1/25s.
Aperture: f/4.0.
ISO 1600
Edited with Adobe Photoshop CS4.

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This entry was published on September 13, 2011 at 11:21 pm. It’s filed under DSLR Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

5 thoughts on “First Nations Dance

  1. I like it – a little unconventional with everyone having their back to the camera, and great capture of the quality of light coming into the darkened room.

  2. I also like Haida gwaii art. This scene has very vivid colors. I like it.

  3. Not Fame - Rebekka Samira on said:

    Nice!

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