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Step Aside, Adults: Native Kids Defend the Planet in Photos [7 Images]

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Photographer Tailinh Agoyo has a vision of a younger Indigenous generation saving the Earth—not just a younger generation, but the youngest generation. Agoyo has launched The Warrior Project: Indigenous Children Defend the Planet to capture images of and wisdom from children who are concerned about the environment. "They are not passive victims," Agoyo says of her subjects. "They are budding change makers, activists, and empowered leaders. They are warriors of strength, knowledge and ancestral power."

Agoyo is undertaking The Warrior Project with help from Ryan Begay, a filmmaker and body painter. So far, they've photographed Native children in New Mexico (Agoyo is based in Santa Fe; Begay in Albuquerque), and have plans to visit the Navajo people in Arizona, the Narragansett people in Rhode Island and the Mohawk people in upstate New York. You can learn more about The Warrior Project on its Kickstarter page (kickstarter.com/projects/2049080322/the-warrior-project-indigenous-children-defend-the) and the official website WarriorChildren.com.

Below are some of the photos Agoyo has released via the Kickstarter page and official site. Here's something else of note that Agoyo has been sharing—the wisdom of Luca, a 7-year-old boy, on the Keystone XL pipeline:

Some workers are trying to make a pipeline from Canada through the whole United States. If the pipeline busts, gross oil from Canada gets into our clean water. If that happens we won’t have clean water to drink and if we don’t have clean water to drink we will dehydrate and if that happens we might die in 3 to 4 days. If we die, nobody will be on earth, even animals! It‘s also really dangerous so I hope it doesn’t happen. Do you hope it doesn’t happen? 

Hannah, Cochiti Pueblo. Courtesy The Warrior Project, warriorchildren.com.

'Knowledge Is.' Courtesy The Warrior Project, warriorchildren.com.

'Just Breathe.' Courtesy The Warrior Project, warriorchildren.com.

'Generations.' Courtesy The Warrior Project, warriorchildren.com.

'Pipe Dreams.' Courtesy The Warrior Project, warriorchildren.com.

Courtesy The Warrior Project, warriorchildren.com.

Quaye. Ohkay Owingeh/Narragansett/Blackfeet. Courtesy The Warrior Project, warriorchildren.com.