Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Oglala, South Dakota, USA
Stanley Good Voice Elk burns sage to purify his surroundings. He is a heyoka, a recipient of sacred visions. Heyokas employ clownish speech and behavior to spark spiritual awareness. Through his mask, Good Voice Elk channels the power of an inherited spirit, which transforms him into Spider Respects Nothing.
The Oglala Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota live near the site of the massacre of over 250 Lakota Sioux, at Wounded Knee Creek (1890). They recount a long history of violated treaties and broken promises on the part of successive US governments. Pine Ridge is seeing an upsurge in resistance movements, and a revival of traditional spiritual ways. The sun dance has returned, after nearly disappearing, and people are teaching language, horse skills, and ceremonies to the youth.
Stanley Good Voice Elk, l’heyoka, ou destinataire de visions sacrées, brûle de la sauge pour purifier les alentours.
La tribu des Lakotas Oglala de la réserve de Pine Ridge dans le Dakota du Sud, aux États-Unis, vit près du site du massacre de plus de 250 Sioux Lakota, à Wounded Knee Creek (1890). Ils racontent une longue histoire de traités violés et de promesses non tenues de la part des gouvernements successifs. Pine Ridge voit un regain de résistance et les traditions spirituelles ancestrales renaissent. La danse du soleil – une tradition presque oubliée – est de retour et des adultes enseignent aux jeunes la langue, l’équitation et les cérémonies traditionnelles.
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, USA
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Aaron Huey is a National Geographic photographer, and a Harper’s Magazine contributing editor. He is only the second photographer to occupy the Harper’s masthead in its 162-year history. Huey was a 2012 Stanford Knight Journalism Fellow, where he worked on new media models for community storytelling. He is widely known for his 3,349-mile solo walk across America (with his dog Cosmo). The 2002 journey lasted 154 days. There was no media coverage; they walked every step. He now lives in Seattle, USA.