I've completed Nos. 7 and 8 in my First Nations series. I've incorporated photos of people from different Nations, some hauntingly beautiful, and artifacts from my collection. This photo is of Czele Marie, a Pima, and the beaded leather is Ojibway.
In Canada the Native Americans are also called, very appropriately, First Nations. They were here millenia before the Europeans arrived. For all that was done to them, they survive. I've always felt a kinship to the Navajo in particular, partly because of their tradition of "balance" in all things, partly because of their ability to survive under the worst conditions imposed on them by other human beings. Kit Carson and his Ute scouts are one example. They drove the Navajo off their lands and I won't go into the atrocities they committed. The Navajo prevailed in the end (The Long Walk).
The rest is mysterious, so I can't explain it.