Breastplate

Kyle, South Dakota

A traditional old time version of armor.
Made of bone called “Hair Pipe.”
This mans breastplate is Lakota style.

Tribal Heart All Occasion Greeting Card Set

Tribal Heart Gift Card Set - photograph by Janaki Rathod

Images of Light, Life and the Spirit of the Southwest

Gail offersblank greeting cards boxed sets of 6

The images on this page are included in the selection

All images on this page are © Gail Russell

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Card Set Images Inspire

The Tribal Heart greeting card set gives you a glimpse into Native American Life and Culture through the lens of Gail Russell Photography. Each boxed set comes with six, blank gift cards, featuring American Indian images of culture and tradition.

The American Indian images you find in my Tribal Heart gift cards are very special to me. They highlight a years-long journey of learning about and appreciating Native American life and culture.

My involvement in the Native American community started in the early 1970s. Through the “Friends of the Hopi” organization, Traditional Elders of the Hopi tribe invited me to their reservation to photograph the devastation Peabody Coal had on their land. This seminal experience led me to become involved in Native American causes and issues.

As I began photographing members of the Native American community, I developed an intense appreciation of their traditions and everyday activities. The richness of their history, the vibrance of their colorful ceremonies, their relationship with Mother Nature – all of it had a profound effect on me. May the images in this Gail Russell Photography greeting card set stir in you the same spiritual experience they did in me.

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Ladder to Light - photograph by Gail Russell
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Ladder to Light

“The kiva was dark except for where the Sun splashed through the roof… I leaned against the wall and made a prayer…”

New Life at Taos Pueblo - photograph by Gail Russell

New Life

Taos, New Mexico

“A Cradleboard is a secure, safe place.”

Born in a Tipi, this baby was twelve hours old

when his father took him around to meet the neighbors.

Ladder to Light - photograph by Gail Russell

Ladder to Light

Mesa Verde, Colorado

The Kiva was dark

except for where the Sun splashed through the roof …

I leaned against the wall, held my breath
and made a prayer …

Night Song - photograph by Gail Russell

Night Song

Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico

The Drum was the heart beat and you could hear

the singers all through the night,

Prayers traveling up along the smoke

from the center fire…

 

Ceremonial Fans - Taos, New Mexico - photograph by Gail Russell

Ceremonial Fans

Taos, New Mexico

These are used for Prayers and Healing
they move the Healing Sage or Cedar smoke
to those who need it.
The Feathers carry our prayers up to Creator

Crow Rider & Horse - photograph by Gail Russell

Crow Rider and Horse

Crow Agency, Montana

Many of their horses are descendants of those who
triumphed the Custer Battle at the Little Big Horn.

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Gail Russell is a photographic artist and designer living in Taos, New Mexico. She has a studio gallery where she exhibits and sells her photographic work along with her popular line of shawls, scarves and leg warmers. In 2008, she was named a Taos Living Master for her photography; in 2013 she was honored as one of the Remarkable Women of Taos.

Gail studied at Albright Knox School of Fine Art, Pratt Institute, and The School of Visual Arts. In 1968, she received her first camera and has never put it down.

In 1978 Gail moved to the Taos area and has exhibited her work widely and continuously since then. Her artistic foundation was informed, deepened, and sustained over decades by the relationships that she has maintained with Native elders and their extended families. In 1987, with Lakota Grandmother Nellie Red Owl, Gail founded the Adopt-a-Grandparent Program which for fifteen years brought support to elders and their families on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Gail Russell's art embodies a positive, uplifting spirit. The photographs reflect the beauty of nature, spiritual awareness, Native American life and culture, holy shrines and spiritual architecture, botanicals, the human form, landscapes and cloudscapes, love, and sometimes Maya, her macaw.

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