This image showcases the span of American history, particularly through its evolution. New York City is a product of capability, development, and cultural diversity over a span of several decades, and the juxtaposition of this city against a descendant of a great and powerful Native American tribe demonstrates that there is more than one manifestation of American greatness. "The Comanche was the most powerful tribe in American History. They adapted to the horse earlier and more completely than any other plains’ tribe and they were without doubt the prototype horse tribe in North America. The white man’s 40-year war with the Comanche in the mid 19th century was the tribe’s final chapter in its 250-year crusade to fight off settlers. But their legacy lives on and the lethal inland empire dominated by the tribe is an integral part of American history.
My idea for this part of the series was to work with a Comanche descendant from their homeland in Texas and New Mexico and place him or her against today’s Manhattan Skyline. A horse was not going to work in this storyline, as we thought the Hudson River would offer the best platform on which to play a layered narrative.
Again, we would stress that their pride in their heritage manifests itself in fully embracing projects that give their tribe exposure. By photographing an ancestor of America’s most powerful tribe in front of modern America’s most powerful city – the lost world meeting the new world – we are simply celebrating the breadth of American history. ”- David Yarrow