Uprooted Magnolia

Wind River

Posted in Photography by leahyetter on June 25, 2013

I photographed a cancer awareness event on Wind River Indian Reservation last week. This event featured GE’s Mammovan, a mobile mammography unit that offers breast cancer screenings.

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Cancer information classes were held and encouraging advice was given to the attendees. They also set up time for cancer survivors to tell us about their fight. It was tough hearing stories of great pain and struggle. These men and women were so brave to get up and tell them.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

We were however, able to share laughs to lighten the mood at times. These ladies were a hoot!

In the evenings, we watched in awe and were even asked to join in the Native American healing and spiritual dances.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

©Leah Yetter Photographer

©Leah Yetter Photographer

I was honored to document this event. It was eye-opening and at times, heartbreaking.
You can read an article of the event and about cancer risk statistics among Native Americans HERE.
 


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  1. artfulhandgallery said, on June 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Great experience for you! Lovely area too

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  2. fozziemum said, on June 25, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    What a beautiful story,the women in our family sadly have this experience,my mum a breast cancer survivor but her two sisters have been lost to cancer..one ovarian and the other bowel cancer..it’s a hideous disease.

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  3. Alex H said, on June 25, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Awesome……..Just Awesome Share.I love it.Looking forward for more.Alex,Thanks.

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  4. ranu802 said, on June 25, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    I am sorry to read this.

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  5. Jane Lurie said, on June 25, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Wonderful and inspiring post. Love the image of the women sharing a laugh. And the healing dances- you’ve captured the strong spirit of the gathering. Great post.

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  6. mariayarri said, on June 26, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Love this post . Thank you for sharing this // Maria

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  7. bluebrightly said, on June 26, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    They chose well!

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  8. […] at their local health clinic. They served many Native American communities which I wrote about HERE. It was and honor to be a part of making things happen for the women of […]

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