RezCars - saraharnoff

RezCars

RezCars is an ongoing portrait project documenting the unique spaces Native Americans have created for themselves in their cars.

Many Native Americans who live on reservations and in rural areas rely on their cars for nearly everything, and traveling long distances is an everyday norm. Cars are practically second homes used for everything from cruising the rez and basic errands to traveling hundreds of miles on a regular basis to attend festivals and gatherings. 

These photos are of Shoshone tribal members and were taken on reservations in Nevada, where tribes' traditional nomadism lives on.

Alex & Lisa's1976 orange Pontiac Grand Prix and blue 1972 Dodge Dart.   --Duckwater Indian Reservation, Nevada

Matt & Crystal's 1996 Dodge Neon (130,000 miles) and 1988 Chevy Scottsdale (67,000 miles). The dent on the front bumper of their Scottsdale was from a run-in with a cow; the broken headlight, a telephone pole. Lately, Harry the cat has been making his bed in the engine when it's parked.    --Duckwater Indian Reservation, Nevada

Perlene and her 1989 Toyota Limited Edition 4x4. Its more than 200,000 miles have served her well over the years as she hauled various animals (including goats, pigs, dogs, chickens and rabbits) to and from her small farm.   --Duckwater Indian Reservation, Nevada

Cora and her 2001 Ford Mustang. She drove it hard in her teenage years, putting 150,000 miles on it, but traded it for her mom's SUV to make the commute from the reservation to college in Salt Lake City. It now sits in front of her parents' house becoming a true rez car.   --Duckwater Indian Reservation, Nevada

Lydia's 1998 Saturn SL2. Her 15-year-old son is now learning to drive it, adding to its 110,000 miles.   --Duckwater Indian Reservation

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