Buffalo Dudes perform at MoCNA, Santa Fe, August 2012

Buffalo Dudes performed in Santa Fe this afternoon at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. Terrance Houle, Adrian Stimson and Jamison Chas Banks completed their performance in front of a crowd of artists, curators, and interested passerby. Throughout the event they gave out jewelry and pottery shards, reminding me of feast days at pueblos in the Southwest, when hosts give out gifts to the crowd. Shedding their clothing, the performers went through moments of transformation. This brought to mind the shifting and fluid natures of identity, gender, and sexuality. (Warning: some of the images are for an adult-only audience).

Photography by Gloria Bell.