Laura Gonzales Carrasco stands in a parking lot and speaks with her friends after the religious ceremony celebrating her 15th birthday, or Quinceanera, before heading to a limousine ride, Westminster, Colo., on August 13, 2005. Meanwhile, her cousin, Andres Carrasco Valles, helps out with her dress.
Chong Pao Vue, a Hmong Shaman, leads a religious ceremony, swinging a soon to be sacrificed chicken in celebration of the Hmong New Year in Broomfield, Colorado, Decmber 11, 2004. In the foreground, See Vue and his daughter Ying Vue participate.
After working in the high-stress movie business in Los Angeles, Hari Simran Kaur Khalsa moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, converted to a Sikh, and is now working on getting her degree at the University of New Mexico. Photograph taken on January 25, 2005.
A girl with the stage name Henrietta LeCoup prepares to perform at a show with the Belladona Burlesque Girls at Albuquerque's Atomic Cantina. The performance accompanied a car show on May 14, 2005