Photographer Richard Phibbs Captures Rodeo and Ranch Life in The West

See moving portraits from his 18 years of traveling throughout the American and Canadian West

Members of Western Canada's Stoney Nakoda tribe often attend rodeos in traditional dress. Phibbs, whose first job was sweeping floors at a rodeo in Calgary, Alberta, captured this image in a makeshift photo studio he created by taping a piece of black velvet to a fence. "I think there's something really powerful about that portrait," he tells PEOPLE.