Crown Dancer Blessings - Jan Butchofsky
Mescalero Apache Homelands, NM 2010
Editioned Archival Pigment Print - Available Print Only or Framed
Crown Dancer Blessing: Ashlee Belin receives a blessing from the Crown Dancers (Gahe Dancers) the first night of her Coming of Age Ceremony.
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.