Jason Sinn Photography

is creating Photographs of Native American culture and struggles

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About



Hello! My name is Jason Sinn and I am a portrait and cultural photographer based in Seattle, Washington. Over the last few years I have been working on a unique project titled "Unbroken: Native Americans Today", which is an online photo gallery that focuses on modern Native American culture and the difficulties that Native Americans face in today's society.



Through this project, I have photographed and interviewed dozens of Native people - offering a new platform where they can share their perspectives and educate others through their own faces and words - and with your help, I hope to expand this project so that I can visit more Native peoples, tribes, and organizations all across the country.

To check out how far the project has come so far, please visit:
www.jasonsinnphotography.com/Unbroken-Native-Americans-Today



Why am I Doing This Project?

The reason that I undertook this project is because I recognize that Native Americans have been treated horrifically throughout North American history. Their land was taken, thousands of their people were killed or forced into slavery, and there were numerous organized attempts to destroy their culture.



Nowadays most Native Americans are trying to save their people and languages from complete extinction while also attempting to regain their ancestral lands. It's been an exhausting process, with the largest obstacle always being that most Americans are too complacent to get involved. The U.S. government has often preyed on this community neglect and has regularly incarcerated Native protesters, repeatedly denied tribal requests of more land, and has assisted corporate entities in extracting resources from Native reservations against their will. These actions have become so undeniable that even the Human Rights Committee of the UN has declared that the United States' current treatment towards Native Americans is a violation of the ICCPR (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights).



As a white American myself, I know the uncomfortable feelings that come with addressing these issues. I know that it can be hard to admit that your ancestors could have hurt others, and I know the feeling of wanting to shy away from that responsibility. But let me say this - those fears and allegiances are worth absolutely nothing if it comes at the cost of people's lives and well-being.



In my heart, all people come first before all flags, anthems, and creeds. We are brothers and sisters of this Earth, and we have to be better. I for one, want to stand by Native Americans' sides and do what is right. I want to ask questions, I want listen more than speak, I want to educate myself - and then - I want to share that same opportunity to others. As a result, I hope this project helps us all become more compassionate, aware, and whole human beings who will join the movement for Native American rights.



What are the Goals of this Project?


1.) To Share Native American Culture in a Modern Light

It's no secret that most people in North America are highly inexperienced when it comes to understanding modern Native Americans, and a huge part of that is because we view their culture through inaccurate sources. We briefly gloss over it in school with old history books, and our only "exposure" is through sports mascots, Halloween costumes and stereotypical roles found in Western movies. This has caused many to see Native Americans as relics of the past or as a novelty, which in turn has made their culture appear less important or not being a concern of current society. 

Through Unbroken: Native Americans Today, I want to bring attention to the fact that Native Americans are constantly involved in our world and that their culture is still very much alive, strong, and evolving today. It is a very positive community that focuses on environmentalism, collective well-being and creativity, and it holds many heartfelt and valuable lessons that could enrich our daily lives. It is only fair that we renew our sources, refresh our perspectives, and learn from this deeply inspiring culture in a modern light. 



2.) To Bring Awareness to Current Native American Struggles

Many of the situations that Native Americans face today are serious. They range from loss of culture, to high suicide rates, to the reality of having to cope with a world of unlawful dispossession. These issues deserve widespread attention and concern, however they are regularly avoided by the American public and are rarely covered by the media. A large part of this is due to political agendas and American complacency, which in turn has directly harmed Native Americans by censoring their voices and hiding their hardships from the public eye. 



Unbroken: Native Americans Today aims to improve on this issue by unapologetically keeping these struggles in focus. With each person that I photograph, I ask them if they would like to openly share their sincerest thoughts and to talk about some of the most difficult experiences they've had to endure. What does it feel like to be a Native American today? What was it like to be taken from your family and be placed into a boarding school? How does it feel to be both a Native American and a U.S. Army Veteran? Some of these stories can be difficult to hear, but they are the unfiltered truth and deserve to be heard. 


"Children were forcefully taken away from their parents by the government agents to be put in the schools and I was 9 years old when I was taken. I lost my right-eye at that school when another student stabbed me with a pencil...I had to be on guard most of the time. The teachers pushed Christianity and we were punished for speaking our own language and we'd get beaten with belts and paddles if they caught us. We grew up not knowing our language or our culture. It's a trauma I'll never forget. I even dream about it - Almost like going through a battlefield. But I've learned to forgive."


"Being a Native American and a [military] veteran is complicated. Whenever I hear the National Anthem I don't want to stand. Some people look at it like you're defending their land, but it has always been our land."

3.) To Visit Native American Nations and Demonstrations Across North America

Unknown to many, there are hundreds of Native American cultural gatherings, demonstrations, and protests happening across North America every year. Each one of these inspiring events plays an important part in the combined effort to re-establish Native American independence and revitalize their culture, and in order for Unbroken: Native Americans Today to accurately share this movement, I need to visit and photograph as many as I can. So far I have visited a few key events in California, and in the future I plan to broaden my travels to cover many more.



I also hope to visit various Native American Reservations found across North America. Most of these reservations are located in remote locations, and some of the most critical situations that Native American communities are facing today can be found inside. Poor quality housing, underfunded schools, and poverty are only a few, and to make matters worse, some of these reservations are continuing to be fragmented, stripped of their land, and exploited by both the government and larger corporations for natural resources. These situations must be shown publicly in order for everyone to understand the reality that Native Americans face today.



Here's Where I Need Your Help

Traveling, conducting in-depth individual interviews and creating impactful, high quality photos can be a time consuming and expensive process. It will require equipment, travel expenses, food, and much more. With my personal income I cannot afford to do this on my own, but with your help, I can fully commit my time and efforts to this project. THANK YOU so much to any and all who donate! This is my life's calling and you have my sincerest gratitude for helping me along this journey. 




Other Ways You Can Support

If you are unable to donate, then there are still many other awesome ways that you can contribute. Please share this Patreon campaign with your friends, family and loved ones. Also, please share my social media links below. Simply getting the word out can be a massive help!

If you are a representative from a Native American nation or organization and would like to be featured in the project, please contact me though my e-mail listed below. 


Let's Stay in Touch

Jason Sinn Photography
Website: www.jasonsinnphotography.com/Unbroken-Native-Americans-Today
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jasonsinnphotography
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jason_sinn_photography/
Goals
$78.67 of $200 per month
Reaching this goal will help me cover the expenses needed to visit, photograph, and share stories from a new Native American reservation within 100 miles. I'll also be able to get a hotel room, which will allow me to shoot new content for 2 days!
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