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Indigenous women across Canada create striking photo blog celebrating culture and ancestry

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Canada’s population of indigenous women made headlines frequently over the past year as the world has begun to pay attention to its struggles with violence and kidnapping. But now the women are hoping to tell their own stories on a new photography blog called Tea and Bannock, started by a member of the Dene community who grew up in Saskatchewan. The photos tell stories of a family that hunts geese in the Northwest Territories, an aboriginal woman who is an Olympic weightlifter, and a child who performs a traditional dance.

“I thought we have something to say and we all have something to say that’s different because we are not all the same, which I think is a huge part of the blog,” Campbell, a photographer, mother and Ph.D. student at the University of Saskatchewan, told Women’s eNews.

The blog also helps women reclaim their heritage and language, she said. Caroline Blechert, an indigenous photographer from the Northwest Territories, focuses on capturing the ideas of ancestry in a modern setting.

“I’ve always believed our roots are an important part of our identity, and being able to incorporate both worlds – the traditional and modern – is something that keeps me grounded yet continually growing,” she wrote on the blog.

Read the full story at Women’s eNews.

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