Today is International Women's Day. It is a day to reflect on the importance of our Sacred women in this world. It is also a day to give honor to the sacred creators of life.

As an editor at Indian Country Today, I have traveled all over Turtle Island in an effort to bring you the news. I have had the extreme honor to photograph a plethora of elders, young people, music artists and most importantly, our sacred Native women.

Over the past few days, I have scoured my archives of images and found some of my favorites to share. The most difficult part of this task was selecting photos out of the tens of thousands I have taken throughout the years.

Here is my photography tribute to International Women's Day. And thanks to you sacred Native women, for giving us the gift of life.

Pow Wows

Great smiles at the Richmond Pow Wow. Photo Vincent Schilling International Women's Day.

Great smiles at the Richmond Pow Wow

Photo Vincent Schilling International Women's Day.

The 2009 Inaugural Pow wow of President Obama

Photo Vincent Schilling International Women's Day.

Teamwork at the 2009 Inaugural Pow wow of President Obama

A woman Chief, Lynette Allston

From 2009. One of my favorite images of Chief Lynette Allston. Photo Vincent Schilling International Women's Day.

From 2009. One of my favorite images of Chief Lynette Allston.

Two amazing Native women, Lynette Allston and Paige Archer, share a moment. Paige passed away a few years ago. Photo Vincent Schilling International Women's Day.

Two amazing Native women, Lynette Allston and Paige Archer, share a moment. Paige passed away a few years ago.

The young ones get it right

Both with families active in the Native community - Two young women embrace at a pow wow. Photo Vincent Schilling International Women's Day. It's Pow Wow Planner time!

Both with families active in the Native community - Two young women embrace at a pow wow.

Three young women share big smiles at a pow wow. Photo Vincent Schilling International Women's Day.

Three young women share big smiles at a pow wow.

A rainbow of colors

Photo Vincent Schilling International Women's Day.

The beauty and colors of a ribbon-emblazoned fancy shawl.

Honorable elders

The quiet strength of an honored Native woman elder. Photo Vincent Schilling International Women's Day.

The quiet strength of an honored Native woman elder.

This Native woman I met in DC was awesome. She had me laughing like no tomorrow. Photo Vincent Schilling International Women's Day.

This Native woman I met in DC was awesome. She had me laughing like there was no tomorrow.

Native women warriors

Native Women Warriors and color guard in Washington DC. Photo Vincent Schilling International Women's Day.

Native Women Warriors and color guard in Washington DC.

Native princesses with royal smiles

The friendly smiles of three Native princesses. Photo Vincent Schilling International Women's Day.

The friendly smiles of three Native princesses.

Moms and their miracles

The simple moment of a mother and daughter can warm any heart. Photo Vincent Schilling International Women's Day.

The simple moment of a mother and daughter can warm any heart.

Photo Vincent Schilling International Women's Day.

The woman is closest to the Creator. For only a woman can create life.

That "Look" Native women are famous for...

This photo to me says it all. Native women give the "eye" to a Native man. Photo Vincent Schilling International Women's Day.

This photo to me says it all. Native women give the "eye" to a Native man.

Two strong Native women share words in the pow wow circle. Photo Vincent Schilling International Women's Day.

Two strong Native women share words in the pow wow circle.

The vibrant history of Black Indian women

From the Nottoway 2013 pow wow. I put several images in black and white and this one was one of my absolute favorites. Photo Vincent Schilling International Women's Day.

From the Nottoway 2013 pow wow. I put several images in black and white and this one was one of my absolute favorites.

From the Nottoway pow wow. Photo Vincent Schilling International Women's Day.

From the Nottoway 2013 pow wow. This one was one of my additional favorites.

From the Nottoway 2013 pow wow. There are several Black Indians in Virginia who have a rich and vibrant history. Photo Vincent Schilling International Women's Day.

From the Nottoway 2013 pow wow. There are several Black Indians in Virginia who have a rich and vibrant history.

Celebrate!

The elation felt at a pow wow - Just like the way we all feel as pow wow season gets going! Enjoy our pow wow planner!

The elation felt at a pow wow.

I hope you enjoyed my International Women's Day photo tribute.

This article was originally published on March 8, 2017