Summertime for Indians


Mary Pember has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Editorial Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985. Since then, she has worked as an Independent photojournalist and writer and is now based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Summertime for Indians

Date Posted: 
2013-07-20 10:38

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Ah, summertime in Indian Country!  For me it means so much more than those homegrown 4th of July parades, powwows and gatherings. Summer showcases community and Native people’s uncanny ability to make something fun, useful and spiritually nurturing out of even the most limited resources. 

This season also highlights the exuberant heart of Native folks and reminds the world that even though ours is an ancient culture, we are indeed a vibrant part of the contemporary world.

In my travels throughout Indian Country, I am always impressed by the tremendous pride that Native people take in their often-modest communities. 

Most importantly, these sweet summer celebrations remind me that Native people are not only alive and well in America, we are here to stay.  We are here to stay on our own terms too. We don’t worry about meeting mainstream preconceptions about what is or isn’t authentically Native. We are great reminders that any culture that doesn’t change is one that dies.

The Growing Native series proclaims the vibrancy of Native communities in a very natural and authentic way.  This series provides a much-needed venue to showcase the real Native community all viewers. I predict that Growing Native will forever change the mainstream perceptions of Native people as denizens of a bygone era. Rather the world can see us as the vital people we are today. 



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