Some of the women who participated in the traditional wedding of a gypsum woman to a native American are now doing it all over again.
“We are going to wear this traditional outfit that was made for us, it’s our wedding dress, we will not wear anything else, we can be as authentic as possible, and we will take pride in it,” said Natalia Zagorsky, a resident of the community of the Gypsum women of the New York State.
“We are all one.
And we will dress as a community and we are one.”
Zagorski was born in the Gypsy village of Elsipogtog, in the Navajo Nation in present-day New Mexico, but is the daughter of a Gypsy woman who worked at a local bakery.
When her father died in 1995, Natalia was left in the care of her grandparents.
“When we were a small family, I had to work at the bakery and work at my grandma’s bakery and it was hard,” she said.
“My grandma died when I was 5 years old.
It was hard, it was painful, but I always kept myself busy, I always had something to do.”
Since the death of her grandmother, Nataleys mother had to go back to the gypsy community and help out with the funeral arrangements.
“That was my mom’s legacy, I will never forget that,” she added.
When Natalia’s grandparents moved back to New Mexico in 2010, they opened a gynecology clinic.
But after a few years of running the clinic, Natali’s grandmother died and Natalia moved into the caretaker’s apartment where she has lived for the last 10 years.
“She had to take care of me, and I think that I took care of Natali because I wanted to help her because she was sick,” said Zagorzys mother, Marcy.
Marcy Zagorasky said she wanted to start a family of her own after her grandmother passed away.
“I’m still here, so we can go back home and do things like my grandpa did, and to have Natalia here, it feels like a blessing,” she told the Al Jazeera team.
Zagorzes grandmother was born a gypysh and she was the first woman born on the New Mexico reservation to have a gypu mother.
Natalia said her grandmother worked as a pharmacist, and her mother was a homemaker.
“Her family worked hard for us,” said Marcy, adding that she and her family moved back home after her mother died.
“I’m going to be a woman,” she concluded.
In her own way, Nataliza has chosen to wear her traditional dress and to be authentic.
“It is something I chose because I feel I want to honor her, and it’s a very traditional dress, it has been my grandmother’s dress, I am wearing this dress,” she explained.
“If I wore a different dress, my grandmother would not be proud of me.”