Girl Power

Kayapo Beauty
A young woman from the Kayapó tribe. (Kubenkrajke, Brazil)

“How can we solve the biggest issues of our generation if fifty percent of the population of the planet is disenfranchised to participate in the solutions?
That is why I photograph women.”

– Cristina Mittermeier
My Pet Owl
A Kayapo girl with her pet owl. The Kayapo, like many other indigenous cultures in the Amazon, are very fond of wildlife and they keep macaws, parrots, forest pigs, monkeys and even owls as pets.
Lady with the Goose
Whim and humor are two of the qualities I look for in an image. I photographed this Lisu woman from one of the Tibetan minorities in China, as she took her pet goose for a walk in a street market in the southwestern corner of China. (Yunnan Province, China)
With Open Arms
Ta’Kaiya Blaney, a singer, songwriter, drummer and advocate for her people, the Tla’amin First Nation of British Columbia, is culturally connected to the power of the Salish Sea. (British Columbia, Canada)
Women use powdered bark as a natural sunblock and mosquito repellent. We sat quietly in the smoldering heat and I felt really grateful for her humble hospitality. (Berenty, Madagascar)

“If you empower a woman, she will lift her entire village.”

– Cristina Mittermeier
Bathing in the River
When I ask them what they want, women from every corner of the world, like this Kayapó mother from the Brazilian Amazon, have always told me the same thing. Regardless of religion or race, we all want the same thing: control over our own reproductive future. (Kubenkrajke, Brazil)
Once part of a Kingdom last ruled by a Queen, the women of Hawaii are artists of the sea. Fearless, creative, and capable with surf boards of many kinds, Hawaiian women to this day take to the sea to ride the waves. (Makaha, Hawaii)
Whatever happened to playing with sticks and stones and dirt? A girl entertains herself with a game of “sticks and stones”. (Morondava, Fianarantsoa, Madagascar)
2000 years ago people arrived to  Madagascar from Africa and Asia. With them they brought cattle and rice, both of which have had devastating effects on the ecosystems of this island nation, which has already lost 90% of its original forest cover. Two women weed rice in Morondava, Madagascar.
Ambodihavibe is one of the first villages in Madagascar to benefit from the creation of a Marine Protected Area. The people in the village now benefit from an ecosystem that is not commercially or industrially exploited.
A young Quechua girl plays with her best friend in a small village in the Andes, Ecuador.

“So many times, in so many places I have experienced the kindness, the sisterhood, the generosity of my fellow women.”

– Cristina Mittermeier