In a picturesque town nestled in North Carolina, the Lumbee tribe defies conventional notions of identity. Since 2011, photographer Maria Sturm has been capturing their stories. In one particular community, identity transcends mere appearance, finding its roots in lineage and history. Sturm delves into the lives of young people, who are forging their own path towards self-discovery. The series in turn becomes a compelling exploration of our obsolete criteria for identity construction. Through images of people, places and interiors, it addresses misconceptions about Native American identity, raising poignant questions about how stereotypes penetrate our perception as truth.
You Don’t Look Native to Me – Maria Sturm
Hardcover, 22 x 29 cm
112 pages, color photographs