Moments, People, & Events of Standing Rock

I came back from standing rock thinking I had to have a story to tell. I needed to have this elaborate detailed story telling everything that happened. I wanted to tell people what was happening but every time I tried to put to words my experience I couldn't find them to express it. I'm still not sure why but every time I sat down to write I became overwhelmed, frustrated, and emotionally drained. I think it was a mix of knowing what was happening there, the drastically different view points everyone had about, not know how or what to share, some friends and family not supporting , personally not knowing how to process it all, and this thought that I had to come back with a impressive story to tell everyone. I still might one day find the words to express my time there but for now i put together a few shots of the camp, it's people, and the events that took place while I was there. It's full of beauty, strength, and emotions. I kept promising a blog post explaining everything but for me pictures do that better then words at least for now. Hope these shots can give a little insight to my time there and I'm always willing to meet with anyone who wants to know more. 

 singing at turtle island 

singing at turtle island 

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 Flood lights on the hill side stayed on 24/7 to protect the pipeline

Flood lights on the hill side stayed on 24/7 to protect the pipeline

 silent prayer walk led by the women of the camp to the font lines

silent prayer walk led by the women of the camp to the font lines

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 action on front lines at her base of Turtle Island

action on front lines at her base of Turtle Island

 circle of prayer: faiths of al types gathered as one to pray for the police, DAPL, and all who were there on both sides

circle of prayer: faiths of al types gathered as one to pray for the police, DAPL, and all who were there on both sides

 one women walks past the safety line to the bridge, risking arrest, to pray for the police and standing rock...moments later I walk up and join her. picture right below of our view where we sat and prayed. 

one women walks past the safety line to the bridge, risking arrest, to pray for the police and standing rock...moments later I walk up and join her. picture right below of our view where we sat and prayed. 

 lit by flood lights of DAPL

lit by flood lights of DAPL

 Elders dance around the sacred fire after the Army Corps of Engineers denied DAPL the permit to drill

Elders dance around the sacred fire after the Army Corps of Engineers denied DAPL the permit to drill

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 emotional embrace of a elder and veteran

emotional embrace of a elder and veteran

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 police on top of Turtle Island

police on top of Turtle Island

 Vermin Supreme 

Vermin Supreme 

 veterans fight against the blizzard conditions to hold p an American flag

veterans fight against the blizzard conditions to hold p an American flag

 Native American and veteran crosses barricade to hold up flag. He states "no more walls" 

Native American and veteran crosses barricade to hold up flag. He states "no more walls" 

photographer, Mariah Wilder from Minniapolis , taking in and trying to process all that is happening at Standing rock. 

 Vic Mensa, showing his support by joining the prayer march on the bridge of HYW 1806

Vic Mensa, showing his support by joining the prayer march on the bridge of HYW 1806

 making fry bread on thanksgiving 

making fry bread on thanksgiving 

 a world united 
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