In the Shadow of Wounded Knee

01 March 2008

Der dreijährige C.J. Shot badet in der Spüle.

 

Der Oglala Lakota-Stamm lebt im Pine Ridge Reservat in Süddakota, USA, in der Nähe von Wounded Knee Creek, wo 1890 bei einem Blutbad 250 Lakota Sioux starben. Sie erzählen eine lange Geschichte von Vertragsverletzungen und falschen Versprechungen aufeinander folgender US- Regierungen.

Pine Ridge erlebt eine neue Widerstands- bewegung und ein Aufleben der traditionellen, spirituellen Lebensweise. Der fast vergessene Sonnentanz ist wieder da, und die Jugend lernt die Sprache, das Zeremoniell und den Umgang mit Pferden.

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Oglala, South Dakota, USA

Three-year-old C.J. Shot bathes in the sink, in a three-bedroom house that is home to 22 people. The Oglala concept of tiospaye, or the unity of the extended family, means that homes are often overcrowded, especially with the severe housing shortage on the reservation.

 

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. In 1980, after the longest-running court case in US history, the US Supreme Court ruled that the Black Hills territory, land sacred to the Sioux, had been seized illegally after gold was discovered there in 1874. The court awarded a compensation payment of US$ 106 million, but the Sioux refused the money and demanded return of the lands.

Today, Pine ridge is one of the poorest parts of the US, with unemployment in places reaching 90 percent, and a male life expectancy of 48. 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.

C.J. Shot, de tres años de edad, se baña en el lavamanos.

 

El pueblo oglala lakota de la Reserva Pine Ridge, en South Dakota, vive cerca del lugar de la masacre de más de 250 indios sioux lakota, en Wounded Knee Creek (1890). Este pueblo recuerda una larga historia de violación de tratados y promesas incumplidas por parte de los sucesivos gobiernos estadounidenses. Pine Ridge vive un resurgir de movimientos de resistencia y un renacimiento de las formas espirituales tradicionales. Se vuelve a bailar la danza del sol, y se enseña a los jóvenes el idioma, las habilidades ecuestres y las diversas ceremonias.

C.J. Shot (3 ans) se baigne dans l’évier.

 

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.

C.J. Shot, tre anni, fa il bagno nel lavandino di una casa con tre stanze, dove vivono 22 persone.

 

Gli Oglala Lakota della riserva di Pine Ridge nel Dakota del sud, USA, vivono vicino a Wounded Knee, luogo in cui nel 1890 furono massacrati oltre 250 Lakota Sioux. La loro è una lunga storia di trattati violati e promesse mancate da parte dei governi statunitensi che si sono succeduti. La riserva vive una nuova ondata di movimenti di resistenza e la rinascita delle tradizioni spirituali. Usanza quasi dimenticata, la danza del sole è tornata in auge, così come l’insegnamento ai giovani di lingua, riti e abilità a cavallo tradizionali.

C.J. Shot, 3 jaar oud, baadt in de gootsteenbak.

 

De Oglala Lakota van het Pine Ridge Reservaat in Zuid- Dakota, VS, wonen vlak bij de locatie van de moordpartij op ruim 250 Lakota Sioux bij Wounded Knee Creek (1890). Het volk kent een lange geschiedenis van geschonden verdragen en gebroken beloftes van de kant van opeenvolgende Amerikaanse regeringen. Pine Ridge beleeft een opleving van verzetsbewegingen en traditionele spiritualiteit. De zonnedans – een bijna vergeten traditie – is terug en mensen brengen jongeren hun oude taal, ruitervaardigheid en ceremoniën bij.

CJ Shot, com três anos, toma banho no lava-louça, numa casa de três quartos que é o lar de 22 pessoas.

 

O povo Oglala Lakota da reserva Pine Ridge, no Dakota do Sul, EUA, vive perto do local do massacre de mais de 250 Lakota Sioux em Wounded Knee Creek, em 1890. Contam uma longa história de tratados violados e promessas quebradas por sucessivos governos norte-americanos. Pine Ridge assiste a um aumento dos movimentos de resistência e a um ressurgimento das tradições espirituais. A dança do sol, uma cerimónia quase esquecida, voltou e as pessoas estão a ensinar aos jovens a língua, as aptidões equestres e as cerimónias tradicionais.

Location

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, USA

Technical information

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Aaron Huey
Nationality:
USA
About:
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.
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for National Geographic magazine