Two Eagle River School
presents a portrait of the Reservation
and story display by Two Eagle River students is set up at the CSKT
Tribal Complex on the second floor for public view through the end of
the month. (Lailani Upham photo)
PABLO — A photo and story display has
been set up by Two Eagle River students at the CSKT Tribal Complex for
a chance to walk down memory lane and get to know a few folks in the
The intergenerational project with “A Voice – Art
Vision and Outreach in Community Education” is focused on storytelling
and intended to connect youth with a variety of people in their own
community, according to project coordinators David Spear and Jennifer
Greene, a poet and writer, and Spear, an educator
and photographer, have been teaching over the past five years to
students on several projects within the Flathead and Rocky Boy
Reservations and in Helena.
There were 17 students ranging from seventh to
twelfth grade who have participated in the two-year project. Currently,
students are continuing with their subjects through 2010.
The photograph interview project have included
copies of earlier and historical family photos that were generously
provided by the interviewees.
“A Voice – Art Vision and Outreach in Community
Education” is a 501(c ) 3 non-profit organization in Pablo that
sponsors arts based programming on the Flathead Reservation and rural
Spear has work exhibited in Europe and throughout
the United States. He has been published in The New York Times
magazine, German Geo, and the Columbia Journalism Review. He was named
the Ernst Hass Photography Educator of the Year in 2000. That year
Spear’s moved to Polson to build outreach projects to serve the rural
youth of Montana. Spear was also an instructor at New York University,
Tisch School of the Arts in the Photography and Imaging, and the
undergraduate Film and Television Departments.
Spear developed the International Center of
Photography's Community Outreach Program for underserved communities of
New York City and now works part-time at both Salish Kootenai College
and Two Eagle River School.
Greene, a CSKT tribal member, was born and raised
on the Flathead Reservation. She is the author of “What I Keep” a
collection of poems recalling memories and experiences of love won and
“A good poet uses the facts of the physical world
and the realities of everyday life to give readers a chance to know
what it's like to see the world from behind another's eyeballs, from
inside someone else's skin,” said Kevin Finnigan, a reader from Maine
hailing Greene’s work.
This idea for the project came to Greene and Spear
to have young people take on experience and think about their own life
from the lives of others, according to Spear.
Students who participated in the project are:
Taylor Mullaney, Roylee Conica, Michael Brown, Chauncy Miller, Robert
Howard, Nathan Drennan, Allie Andrew, Frank Stanger Jr., David
Martinez, Nicole Couture, Tobias Mitchell, Joshanna Couture, Savion
Zanca, Jacinte Chiefstick, Justina Jackson, Latasha D., and Marcus
“It is really exciting. Through this project the
students got a chance to meet people they might not normally have met,
“ Greene said. “I think kids found it inspiring,” she added.
According to Spear, the two of them helped guide
the students in the interviewing and photographing process but
ultimately stepped back and allowed the student to engage in their
subjects and develop a story.
“It is my goal as a photographer and educator to
share the power of photography and to bring the excitement of making
and sharing pictures to as many diverse audiences as possible,” Spear
The TERS student display will be set up through
the end of the month and is located on the second floor of the Tribal