ceremony: coming of age
V.29 No.11 | 3/12/2020
Photo by Clarke Condé
Photographing Mescalero Apache Maidens
Jan Butchofsky’s Ceremony: Coming of Age
Jan Butchofsky’s series Ceremony: Coming of Age documents two Mescalero Apache girls as they are initiated by their community into womanhood. Invited by the family, it is rare to have people from outside the Native community witness this ritual, and rarer still to see photographs of this four-day ceremony. Weekly Alibi sat down with Butchofsky to talk about making pictures, establishing trust and photographing the Mescalero Apache maidens.