I saw children like this in my youth while hunting with my father in the Carolina lowcountry. Children, who through necessity, were forced to grow up fast.
The girl walks in a mans shoes wearing a pair of heavy boots. Yet under her masculine jacket, the hem of a delicately flowered skirt reveals her femininity. The Bloodhound, a breed favored by royalty or blooded peoplee, symbolically connects the girl to her own noble soul.
The 16-gauge shotgun held by the girl is more than a means to feed her family. It embodies a code of ethics and responsibility handed down through generations.