Russel Albert Daniels’ work concentrates at the edge of the wilderness where the confluence of time and human forces forge landscapes. Daniels’ projects examine Native resilience and attempts of erasure while questioning the colonial narrative of the West. Daniels’ work is also an act of self-discovery of his Native American and colonial heritage.
He says of himself, “I’m an indigenous western mutt and a sixth generation Utahan. I descend from a 19th century polygamist Mormon frontiersman, a Navajo slave child, Danish/English settlers, and a French/Ho-Chunk boarding school teacher. I grew up assimilated, sort of, in the Mormon suburbs of Salt Lake City.”
Daniels received a BA from The School of Journalism at The University of Montana. As a student he was an American Indian Journalism Institute and Chips Quinn scholar at the Freedom Forum.
His work has appeared in High Country News, Gizmodo, Native Voices, Elsevier, Link TV, SLUG Magazine, Elsevier, Gizmodo, The New York Times, Washington Post, Latino USA, The Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Associated Press, Patch.com, The Bay Citizen, Salt Lake City Weekly, NPR, MSNBC.
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Russel is a member of Natives Photograph.