Emmanuelle Crane has a
purpose. To create an awareness of the indigenous
people from whom we all have so much to learn.
Born in America, raised
in France, and now making her home in Melbourne, Australia,
this talented writer/photographer began a long and
continuous search of self when she first met people of the
Australian Aborigines. Those people inspired
Emmanuelle to increase her knowledge of indigenous people
and the rich human values that they impart to every person
who will take a moment to listen and to understand.
In her Native
American Images gallery, Emmanuelle shares images of her
extended visit with the Blackrock family who live in the Big
Mountain area of the Navajo reservation. The Blackrock
family is one of the few remaining in the contested
Hopi-Navajo land dispute area. There they live
traditional lives, herding sheep, sheering sheep, weaving.
Living in a home with no running water or electricity.
participated in the Blackrock family daily tasks, "not
so successfully most of the time, she says," her
fondest memory is of going for walks in the nearby canyon
with the many Blackrock grandchildren.
Here then, are images
and thoughts of a Navajo family created by Emmanuelle Crane.
"A woman of many talents, Mary Lou
Blackrock follows the Navajo tradition: weaving her rug
"Coming back from feeding the lamb
at dusk, Audry picks up a few flowers for her mother."
"All the children had so much fun
getting dressed up. So much excitement in
posing! An unusual babysitting day for me!"
"Helping out to clean up the sheep
corral, this little cowboy has no doubt where lies his true
identity: being a man!
"Stacey Blackrock is proud to wear
her traditional Navajo clothes and wear her mother's
turquois jewelery. She also likes to roll up in a
traditional Navajo Blanket.