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Please support my road trip across Native America making a record of the strong & resilient people we are today.
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WHY DO I NEED HELP?
Please support my road trip across Native America making a record of the strong & resilient people we are today. I plan on traveling to as many Native communities as possible to make portraits of the people and places. This will essentially be a road trip, so the more funds I can raise the longer I can stay out there, visiting Native populations and documenting that we are still here, strong, and beautiful in the 21st Century.

As a full time photographer/artist income can be like a very challenging roller coaster. Many people tell me to keep doing what I do. The truth is that it is not possible without support from people like you. I need you to want me to keep going out there into the great awesomeness that is our planet and bringing back images that excite and inspire you to keep doing what it is you do that helps serve us all. I need your financial support as well as your undying need for beauty, inspiration and wonder to fuel my projects. 

WHAT WILL YOUR MONEY DO?
Travel costs: That means any airfare, car rentals, fuel, hotels, food etc. 
Equipment costs: camera and lens rentals, photo tents etc.

WHAT MAKES IT POSSIBLE?
Any help you give would be an INCREDIBLE gesture of support and would serve as encouragement that this work is important, that beauty is important.

Stretch Goal No.2 Southwest territories $6000. (total $18,900)If we can push further, rally and raise more funds, This November it would be possible to travel south in California across Arizona and New Mexico. 

Stretch Goal 2, Southwest territories.
Stretch Goal 2, Southwest territories.



Stretch Goal No.1 South Dakota Reservations $6000. (total $12,900)

You have helped me reach my first goal of getting to the Crow Agency in Montana! I am starting there because I have friends that have invited me to Crow Fair the largest gathering of tipis in the US. If I stay in the area there are several other reservations I can visit.

It's possible now to try and reach farther and visit some other nearby reservations such as Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Yankton, Santee, Lower Brule, Cheyenne River and Standing Rock, in South Dakota. If I can raise another $6,000. I can stay another month in South Dakota and photograph several tribes.

Indian Reservations in the US
Indian Reservations in the US
Christian Branden Weaver, Shinnecock Long Island
Christian Branden Weaver, Shinnecock Long Island

First stop: Crow Fair, Crow Agency Montana
This August I will be heading to Crow Fair the largest gathering of tipis in America. It will be a great opportunity to set up a mobile portrait studio and record the people and the event. ( The more funds I raise the more places I can visit and the longer I can stay.)

Crow Fair, Crow Agency Montana 2005
Crow Fair, Crow Agency Montana 2005

 More Details about some of the Rewards:

A signed copy of my Melting Away book.

Signed copy of my Melting Away book
Signed copy of my Melting Away book

Custom Beadwork made by me! Since I was a teen I have been making hard sole moccasins and other great beaded objects. Here is your chance to support a great project and also get museum quality one of a kind beadwork made just for you.

You have a choice of beaded pouch or hat band (pledge $200 or more)

Fully beaded medicine pouches (will be different from these shown)
Fully beaded medicine pouches (will be different from these shown)
Beaded hat band custom made (will be different from image shown)
Beaded hat band custom made (will be different from image shown)

 beaded custom moccasins (pledge $1250 or more)

Fully beaded hard sole moccasins
Fully beaded hard sole moccasins

 beaded cross shoulder bag  (pledge $2500 or more)

Beaded cross shoulder bag
Beaded cross shoulder bag

Risks and challenges

The only real risk is if there is no one willing to sit for me. Geez I hope that won't happen.

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    A HUGE THANK YOU and that amazing feeling you know you've contributed to something wonderful! My eternal gratitude and a warm hug if I should meet you.

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    A Postcard from the road, personally written and sent to you by me! Now go tell everyone you know on twitter and Facebook!

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    POSTCARDS: 4 beautifully printed postcards featuring images from portrait project (and that amazing feeling etc. etc.) Please pass on the word! Word of mouth is so important! Thanks!!!

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    Portfolio of 25 Digital images. These desktop images will be awesome on your computer or tablet.

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    An 8 x 10" PRINT + 4 POSTCARDS!
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    FOUR 8 x 10" PRINTS + 4 POSTCARDS!
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    A 10 x 15" PRINT + 4 POSTCARDS!
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    TWO 10 x 15" PRINTS + 4 POSTCARDS!
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    Your choice of beaded hatband or fully beaded medicine pouch. Made by me using traditional brain tanned smoked deerskin, with glass seed beads. We can collaborate on design and colors or you can leave it up to me.

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    An 11 x 17" PRINTS + 4 POSTCARDS!
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    An 16 x 20" PRINT + 4 POSTCARDS!
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    A SIGNED NUMBERED 20 x 30" PRINT + 4 POSTCARDS! (a $250 savings!)
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    A pair of custom made (just for you) moccasins made by me using traditional brain tanned smoked deerskin, with glass seed beads and a hard sole. You can help with color and design choice or leave it all to me.

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    A personal portrait session with you or someone you love (with their permission of course). Sit before my camera and have me record your image! Let's make art together. Either you can travel to me or have me come to you (travel expenses billed separately)

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    custom made (just for you) cross shoulder bag made by me using traditional brain tanned smoked deerskin, with glass seed beads. You can help with color and design choice or leave it all to me.

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    Have me come speak to an audience of your choice for a day. (just pay travel expenses separately)

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