About the Artist
Chantel Dolphin Lady Comardelle has a deep passion for her community. As Tribal Secretary of the Isle de Jean Charles Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe, she serves as the backbone of Tribal operations. Chantel has served in this role since 2000, acting as a Tribal Representative while simultaneously juggling Tribal communications, archival and historical research, and grant writing responsibilities. Her current areas of focus include Federal Recognition, Tribal Resettlement, and the Preserving Our Place Movement. These projects allow Chantel to use her professional and organizational skills to advance the Tribal Community. Her educational background includes a Certificate of Museum Studies from the Institute of American Indian Arts and a Bachelor of General Studies from Nicholls State University. As a lifelong bayou resident, Chantel seeks to positively impact her community for future environmental, economic, and cultural sustainability.
Dennis Davis is a self-taught Inupiat photographer that has been taking pictures and videos of the western coastline of Alaska for over 20 years. He uses an Inupiat vision of the connections between land, animals, and people to create new forms of photography and video, that offer a glimpse into the subsistence lifestyle. Dennis’s goal is to show others what his culture is all about; to highlight the risks that Arctic peoples face with the coming of climate change; and to give a voice to his people.
We would like to thank our families for their support throughout this journey.
Alessandra Jerolleman and Elizabeth Marino for helping with funding and support for this project.
Jean Charles Choctaw Nation Tribe
Pete Muller and Nathan Jessee for use of Photos from visits with the Tribe.