13 February 2013
Devil’s Tower, Wyoming, USA
Wakinyan Two Bulls (9) places prayer flags in a tree, near Mato Tipila (Devil’s Tower), a place of Oglala ceremony in Wyoming.
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.