kitracahana Kitra Cahana

Photographer and Filmmaker. Photographs for @natgeo and other publications. [email protected]
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Montana beauty. 2018.

378 11 Jan 13, 2018

The Mescalero Apache tribe holds a traditional coming of age ceremony and feast to mark thirteen-year-old Mia’s transition into womanhood. The ceremony, which spans four central days, is organized by Mia’s family and attended by hundreds of members of the local Apache tribe in Mescalero, New Mexico as well as visitors from as far away as Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. Consisting of sacred ceremonies, ritualistic dancing, singing, prayer, and food, the puberty ceremony is one of the most important event in an Apache woman’s life. Upon a girl’s first menstruation the planning begins for her ceremony which can sometimes be years in the making. For Mia, the ceremony is a strenuous test of endurance as she reenacts the Apache creation story, embodying the White Painted Woman, the first woman according to the Apache belief system. Guided by a medicine man and a medicine woman, Mia dances each consecutive night for a longer and longer duration, culminating finally with her dancing through to sunrise and then running towards the sun. While she dances in the main teepee each night, professional groups of Crown Dancers perform symbolic dances around a central bonfire. Upon completion of the ceremony, Mia is given her Apache name, “She Who Overcomes The Wind.”

917 12 Jan 9, 2018

Libby Robertson, and Rich Martin pray with a worker at a 911 dispatch call center in Las Vegas less than a week after the mass shooting on October 1st that took the lives of 58 and wounded hundreds more. In the following days and weeks the workers at the call center listened to victims and their families calling in for information and support. The effects of listening to these calls can be long-lasting. and I made a film about the LCC Comfort Dog Ministry and their work in Las Vegas bringing solace to victims, their families and first responders. Link to the film in bio.

224 6 Oct 26, 2017

Pick up a copy of Chris Urquhart's new book Dirty Kids. It chronicles our time working and traveling together and includes some of my photos in B&W. Available on Amazon and at Indigo bookstores and Barnes & Noble.

157 6 Oct 23, 2017

Toronto. September 2017.

165 6 Sep 25, 2017

and the vines. Tanzania 2017.

570 12 Aug 27, 2017

Dvir. Montreal. June 2017.

449 16 Jun 23, 2017

Anahi Graciano celebrates her 15th birthday with a Quinceañera celebration in Richardson, Texas on May 14, 2016.

517 24 May 26, 2017

Andy Thomas Evaloakjuk searches the cemetery for the graves of those he has lost, December 2016. “Talk to someone you know who’s older, your friend, your older friend, teacher, relative, even a stranger,” Andy says. “A stranger might even feel the same way. But they need help too. Once they start talking, they’ll support each other. Once they support each other, all of us, we can stop suicide.” . . Nunavut has the highest suicide rate of any province or territory in Canada.  In the town of Arviat, young people have found salvation in dancing. Their annual competitions have become legendary – and a way to heal emotional wounds. . .  and I have a new short documentary “Dancing Towards the Light” set in the town of Arviat, Nunavut. Visit my bio to find a link to the full documentary available for free online.

455 2 May 25, 2017

In the town of Arviat, young people have found salvation in dancing. Their annual competitions have become legendary – and a way to heal emotional wounds. and I have a new short documentary “Dancing Towards the Light,” produced in collaboration with Edited by Click the link in my bio to view the documentary and read an accompanying article, available in English and Inuktitut.

486 21 May 24, 2017

Shelton Nipisar and Malachi Poungalak practice their dance routine before the annual Sila Rainbow dance competition in Arviat, . Nunavut has the highest suicide rate of any province or territory in Canada. But in the town of Arviat, young people have found salvation in dancing. Their annual competitions have become legendary – and a way to heal emotional wounds. and I have a new short documentary “Dancing Towards the Light,” produced in collaboration with Click the link in my bio to view the documentary and read an accompanying article, available in English and Inuktitut.

216 2 May 22, 2017

Ian John Alikaswa tells his half brother Peter Aliktiluk to 'have no doubts, and use all our abilities' before a dance competition in Arviat, . Nunavut has the highest suicide rate of any province or territory in Canada. But in the town of Arviat, young people have found salvation in dancing. Their annual competitions have become legendary – and a way to heal emotional wounds. and I have a new short documentary “Dancing Towards the Light,” produced in collaboration with Click the link in my bio to view the documentary and read an accompanying article, available in English and Inuktitut.

336 7 May 20, 2017