Cara Romero “Wakeah”
Cara Romero (b.1977)
Frame 31 3/4″ x 39 1/2″
Print 22 1/4″ x 30 1/2″
“Wakeah” (Artist Proof)
Wakeah Jhane is of Kiowa/Comanche descent and is wearing traditional southern buckskin powwow regalia.
Romero states, “I built a life size doll box for her and placed her accessories around her to show off the acceossires and beauty of her regalia. I’m always asking myself, “Where do we not see ourselves represented accurately?” Wakeah’s regalia took 5 of her family members 1 year to make by hand. The high fashion lighting is not just meant to make her look right off the runway, but also for the viewer to fully embrace the high fashion masterpiece of her regalia.
Cara Romero was born in Inglewood, CA in 1977, and raised on the Chemehuevi Valley Indian reservation along the California shoreline of Havasu Lake in the heart of the Mojave Desert, and later, Houston, TX, and Santa Fe, NM.
Cara’s work reflects her diverse training in film, digital, fine art, journalism, editorial portraiture and commercial photography. She shows at both the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Indian Art Market.
She has won several awards including ribbons at both major markets and the “Visions for the Future “ award from the Native American Rights Fund. Her work is featured year round at the Robert Nichol’s Gallery of Santa Fe.
Cara lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is married to Cochiti potter Diego Romero.
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