Marselina Whiteman, 19, sleeps on her couch after an exhausting day of balancing the needs of her twins, siblings and boyfriend. Since her mom's murder, she's emerged as the matriarch of the family and tried her best to be there even more for her siblings, all the while raising her twins.
Lindsay Whiteman was murdered in October of 2018 on the Blackfeet Reservation, part of a crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women across the country that only recently has been gaining awareness. Lindsay left behind six kids. While the children have always been apart, raised by extended family, the murder of their mother distanced them further without a matriarch to tie the family together. This project examines what life is left behind in the shadow of death for these six children.
Photographed for Native News Montana 2019.