Young Native Americans celebrating their culture

Story highlights

  • The portrait series "Red Road" takes a closer look at modern-day Native Americans
  • The subjects are embracing their culture and maintaining traditions
  • "Red Road" comes from the Lakota concept of "the good path" to be followed in life

(CNN)Native Americans often speak of straddling two worlds: the America where pop culture and political gridlock dominate headlines, and a world where the culture of their ancestors lives on through ritual celebrations, language and artisan traditions.

It's a tough balance to strike, especially as Native youth leave tribal lands in search of education and career opportunities. Across the nation, members of the nearly 600 federally recognized tribes are work