All Images are from my time spent in South Dakota (Eagle Butte, Badlands, Black Hills) from 2002-2005.  During that time I visited with many individuals on the Cheyenne River reservation and learned about their community and culture, through storytelling, art and ceremony.  The most compelling part was learning the resilience of the people and how their native traditions are practiced with pride in the shadow of historical trauma.

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