Sunday, November 11, 2012

Native American Oglala Lakota Nation, Pine Ridge Community Storytelling Project (with Aaron Huey photographer and National Geographic)

Pine Ridge Community Storytelling Project introduction (click here) This collection tells the story of life of the Oglala Lakota Nation by the people of Pine Ridge in their own words. click here

Photographic Journeyed Story sharing click on this link and then on any photo-image to begin

Song: Into The Sky ~ A Memorial Song for Our Elders sung by Devin Whirlwind Soldier

Video: The Healer, The Seer,  The Heyoka's Powers ... the person who comes back to finish his destiny

Story by Alexandra Fuller ~ In the Shadow of Wounded Knee ~ 
After 150 years of broken promises, the Oglala Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota are nurturing their tribal customs, language, and beliefs. A rare, intimate portrait shows their resilience in the face of hardship. 

How the Pine Ridge Community Storytelling Project Began
by Aaron Huey
It all started when an envelope full of letters arrived in my mailbox. They came from high school students at the Red Cloud Indian School after they had seen a photo story of mine on Pine Ridge in 2009. Their letters challenged me to see a different side of the Reservation.

As a photojournalist who has been working on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for the past 7 years, I’ve always struggled with how to share the incredibly complex story of this community. I’ve never been able to tell all the stories that I want to tell on Pine Ridge, and I’ve come to realize that even if I could, I can’t tell them the way the people want them told.

To solve this dilemma, I joined forces with web pioneer Jonathan Harris, the creator of—a visionary, embeddable, storytelling platform. Together we built this community storytelling project so that the people of Pine Ridge could author their own story. This new relationship between the story subject and the publication opens up a new kind of transparency and dialog rarely seen in mainstream journalism today.

featuring artwork by Shepard FaireyErnesto Yerena Montejano based on the photos of Aaron Huey. 

Video: about photographing the National Geographic Cover with the people of heart 

A letter from Red Cloud Sophomore Charlie Cuny was particularly moving, 
and helped Aaron Huey to see ...
... according to Charlie ...
 family's like hers are rarely (if ever) included in media articles, 
because she thinks their story lacks the sensationalism 
that drives most coverage of Native American reservation life. 
(below see Charlie Cuny Letter)