I travelled to many locations in the western United States to learn about the significance of the horse in Native American culture. The arrival of horse transformed the culture. They allowed tribes to hunt more buffalo than ever before. They tipped the balance of power in favor of mounted warriors and they became prized as wealth. For Native Americans today, horses endure as an emblem of tradition and a source of pride, pageantry, and healing.
Erika Larsen’s work uses photography, video and writing to learn intimately about cultures that maintain strong connections with nature. She has been working as a magazine photographer since 2000, specializing in human interest stories and sensitive cultural issues.
Her work has been included in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the National Geographic Society, The Swedish Museum of Ethnography, and Ajtte Sámi Museum.
Larsen is a recipient of a World Press Photo award as well as several grants and fellowships, including a Fulbright Fellowship, New Jersey State Arts Council Fellowship, Women in Photography Individual Project Grant, and a Lois Roth Endowment.
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