This work focuses on the people of my home community, the Navajo Nation.
I grew up in Manuelito, where my earliest memories include swimming in the ditch after it rained and playing in the mountains with my cousins when we were kids. It’s important to me to capture those everyday moments that define my experience of this place. I hope my son, Kylian, will get to create his own memories in the Navajo homeland where I grew up.
Historically, the Navajo Nation has been underrepresented in mainstream narratives- our stories have very often been told by outsiders, and routinely stripped of nuance and context. But through my work on assignments for publications from The Navajo Times to The New York Times, I’ve been able to meet people across my reservation, which stretches nearly 30,000 square miles across the New Mexico-Arizona border and has some of the most stunning landscapes in the country.
I’ve documented individuals riding their horses to cast their vote at the polls during election day, an elder living in a family-made hut for the past year after her mobile home burned down in a fire, Naiomi Glass riding her skateboard on sandstone. Through that work, I have been able to make new friends and learn even more about the people who also call Navajo Nation home. These photos and the people featured in them are my tribute to our community.
Sharon Chischilly is an independent visual journalist based in the Navajo Nation. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, NBC News, and more. Sharon will be receiving her degree in journalism and mass communications in Spring 2024 from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Sharon focuses on documenting stories from her community that are often underrepresented and underreported.
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Home on the Navajo Nation
Featuring: Sharon Chischilly
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