Photography can be medicine: Russel Daniels work brings visibility and honor to Native American peoples of the West with intentions of healing and education through narrative change.
Daniels recent collaborations with Navajo artist Denae Shanidiin have brought attention to the ongoing issues around Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
Daniels says: “My work is an act of self-discovery of my Diné, Ho-Chunk, Mormon settler, and European heritage. In the mid-1840s, White River Ute people abducted my great-great Diné grandma Rose when she was five years old. After years in bondage, the Ute traded her to Aaron Daniels, a polygamist Mormon frontiersman. She spent time as a servant within his different households. Decades later, he and Rose married and had four children. The family enrolled in the Northern Ute tribe in northeastern Utah.”