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Cody Hammer photo chosen for 2019 International Women’s Day Postcard

A black and white image of a Native woman in color, standing amongst a crowd with a red handprint over her mouth is featured on the 2019 International Women’s Day Postcard.

The image is by Osage News photographer Cody Hammer (Cherokee/Creek). He entered the photo into a contest hosted by the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. His photo was chosen out of 41 art submissions from 35 Native American artists.

The theme for the contest was Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls. The image, “The Silenced Sister,” feature’s Hammer’s wife Mary. He said she was walking in the Oklahoma City Women’s March on Jan. 20 when she turned to look at him and he took the photo. He entered the photo into the contest and he was notified on Jan. 25 that he had won.

International Women’s Day was March 8.

He said in his artist’s statement, “This image is very strong and close to my heart. I highlighted the woman to represent the woman/girl who was silenced and was always in the crowd.” 

“I care deeply about this topic as a father, son, and husband of indigenous women. Bringing awareness to these cases and legislation means that my daughters might have a safer future,” Hammer said. “A future where they aren’t scared of being taken or find out that someone they care for has been taken. MMIW and MMIWG is the reason why I protect my family to the best of my abilities and advocate for the fallen sisters that can’t advocate for themselves.”

Anne Menard, CEO of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence said the image was powerful and spoke to the message of the organization.

“Everyone who has seen it so far has been very moved by its vivid message to all of us and the need for action,” she wrote. “Your personal statement also had a strong impact, especially for those of us with daughters.”

Hammer lives in Skiatook with his wife and three daughters. To see more of his work visit his Facebook page at Reduced Lunch Photography. Hammer’s photography focuses on portraits, family portraits and sports photography.

NRCDV Radio also released a podcast featuring Cody Hammer for IWD entitled International Women’s Day 2019: Honoring our Indigenous Sisters.


Shannon Shaw Duty

Original Publish Date: 2019-03-12 00:00:00

Shannon Shaw Duty

Title: Editor


Twitter: @dutyshaw

Topic Expertise: Columnist, Culture, Community

Languages spoken: English, Osage (intermediate), Spanish (beginner)

Shannon Shaw Duty is the editor of the Osage News. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and a master's degree in Legal Studies, Indigenous Peoples Law from the OU College of Law. She served on the Board of Directors for the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) from 2013-2016 and served as a board member and Chairwoman for the Pawhuska Johnson O’Malley Parent Committee from 2017-2020. She is a Chips Quinn Scholar, a former instructor for the Freedom Forum’s Native American Journalism Career Conference and the Freedom Forum’s American Indian Journalism Institute. She is a former reporter for The Santa Fe New Mexican. She is a 2012 recipient of the Native American 40 Under 40 from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED). In 2014 she helped lead the Osage News to receive the Elias Boudinot Free Press Award, NAJA’s highest honor. An Osage tribal member, she and her family are from the Grayhorse District. She currently resides in Pawhuska, Okla., with her husband and six children.

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