Na'ii'ees Mary Jane Pusher
Apache Sunrise Ceremony
by Photographs by John Running
About the Book
When an Apache Girl reachers puberty; sometime within the year of when she gets her first period here family will honor here with a Na'ii'ees - the Sunrise Ceremony. The event takes three days, during which time the girl transforms from girl to woman. She embodies White Painted Lady, the Apache maternal deity,. Much like Mary, mother of Jesus.
I was invited by the initiates family, with the consent of the Medicine Man to record this three day event.
You can see the results of my work in the photography book,
John Running has lived in Flagstaff, Arizona for the past 40 years. He has been making photographs for advertising, design and editorial clients for over 35 years. He specializes in photographing people on location or in the studio. His photographs stand out because they have a style that is personally creative and graphically strong. Give him 1/125th of a second and he will give you so much more. Running has been photographing the female nude for all of his 35 years as a professional photographer. The women he photographs are both sensual and strong. His photographs are collaboration with his models where there is room for each to express their creativity. His work reminds us that eroticism is yet another culturally laden value that depends on choices made by its consumers to be effective.