5cents a pound

An archive of inspiration, negotiating the world through artistic intervention

Aaron Huey: Mitakuye Oyasin: All My Relations (Pine Ridge Reserve)

Aaron Huey has photographed the Oglala Lakota for seven years. The community of Sioux is confined to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, about 75 miles southeast of the Black Hills. 

*I can’t find one description of this project that isn’t problematic, so I leave it to others to research on their own. Despite the accolades of TED talks, National Geographic and now a movie shot with OBEY, there are still complex issues over an outsider, entrenched in colonial implications, taking pictures of this community and presenting it to the outside world. Because of some issues over photos of sacred ceremonies that the photographer took, I have chosen to exclude those images from this post. THAT SAID the 7 year investment the photographer has made to establish real relationships with the community and explore a highly complex social/political/colonial issue can be respected.

The best thing to come out of this project is arguably the Pine Ridge Community Storytelling Project. This collection tells the story of life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, told by the people of Pine Ridge in their own unedited words.

  1. yogabog reblogged this from cyennabay
  2. jet-bahamut reblogged this from sushigore
  3. evilongod reblogged this from sushigore
  4. daftwolf reblogged this from sushigore
  5. badxluck reblogged this from sushigore
  6. sushigore reblogged this from cryptosporidium
  7. twistedprophecy reblogged this from beelzebubblegum
  8. beelzebubblegum reblogged this from commonoctopus
  9. commonoctopus reblogged this from aka4ever17
  10. roberttwatson reblogged this from blueklectic
  11. iamjamaickistani reblogged this from randomactsofchaos
  12. kittyrulestheworld reblogged this from 5centsapound
  13. y-los-jets reblogged this from 5centsapound
  14. bingonightatthestripclub reblogged this from blueklectic
  15. bong-hit-hero reblogged this from 619habibi
  16. tiffanybravo reblogged this from nativeskins and added:
    "No fucken gansters allowed" !
  17. photosetzzz reblogged this from turtlezepp
  18. burnt-manuscript reblogged this from 5centsapound
  19. sobsoflife reblogged this from cubancigarr
  20. orangecrushsoda reblogged this from phonebookpillow
  21. phonebookpillow reblogged this from mycorrhizae
  22. black-new-world-order reblogged this from dglsplsblg