Rakel Reum, 20, wears a shall with her cousin Jermain CharloÕs face printed across it during grand entry at the annual powwow in Arlee

Native America

31 Jul 2019 EMERGI-CUBES
Michael Irvine and his grandson, Andrew, 7, dig for bitterroot during the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes' annual gathering on May 9, 2018.

Featuring: Tailyr Irvine

Presented by:

United Photo Industries EMERGI-CUBE Program


Curated by:
James Estrin and David Gonzalez, Co-Editors of the New York Times Lens Blog


Native American life and stories in mainstream media have historically been told from the outside; the colonizer’s perspective.

The goal of my work is to challenge stereotypical narratives with photos that provide deeper representation of the lives and the complex issues within the diverse communities that make up Native America.

Each nation, each tribe, and each member, is unique and has a different experience. There is no one way to be Native, and I want my work to reflect and celebrate the differences.

Make sure to also check out related EMERGI-CUBES Walking Tour with James Estrin.


Tailyr Irvine is a Salish and Kootenai photojournalist based in Montana and Florida. She was born and raised on the Flathead Reservation in Montana, where she noticed a lack of meaningful media coverage in her community.

The prevalent Native American stereotypes in mainstream media led Tailyr to pursue a career in journalism. Tailyr is working on multiple projects in Indian Country, and she hopes to spend the rest of her career telling stories of Indigenous communities, featuring the complex and diverse Native experience.

Tailyr graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in journalism. When she is not actively working on projects in Indian Country, Tailyr enjoys sports photography, and pursues other editorial projects unrelated to her race.

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