When the sun sets each night the bonfire is lit, the community gathers and the men sing and drum Apache songs. As the Crown Dancers circle the fire the sparks fly high into the starlit sky. Women and girls drape their camp dresses with tasseled shawls and form long lines extending the fire circle, in a gentle swaying dance to the cadence of the drums, rattles, and song. ©Jan Butchofsky
Edition of 3 available at 30” x 48”. A larger print size is available upon request.
Each limited edition print is custom crafted by master printer Mark Berndt and printed on Epson Hot Press Natural paper. Framed images are float-mounted inside an elegant and simple black frame.
A long-time resident of Southern New Mexico and the homelands of the Mescalero Apache, Jan was an invited guest of the family asked to witness the Coming of Age Ceremony of two maidens during two separate celebrations. She was honored to bear witness with her camera to these sacred and very private preparations and ceremonies.
Jan is an award-winning photographer specializing in travel and culture. Her photography embodies a sense of spontaneity and careful attention to detail. Her photographs get to the heart of the matter, transforming events and situations into revelations, images that you can feel.