If you sit with the wind and words of Standing Rock, you feel it.
A gentle hum through the earth and peoples gathered for peace and unity, to protect the nearby land and waters of Lake Oahe with the Cannonball and Missouri Rivers from the Dakota Access Pipeline, or "black snake," as it is also identified.
Oceti Sakowin or "Seven Council Fires," refers to the original name of the Great Sioux Nation, who lead a main camp near Cannonball, in which the days string together for the thousands of residents comprised of hundreds of tribes, allies, and journalists.
Over the course of nearly two weeks in the Fall of 2016, these photographs show a peaceful and prayerful camp. When asked what was not being covered by the general media, Tom Goldtooth, camp resident and Executive of the Indigenous Environmental Network said the everyday camp life, so that is where this focus rested. Before and after direct actions, rallies and marches, this is where the majority of the people will be.
Smudge, song, prayer, dance, food, sweats, wood, fire, announcements, interviews, gifts, calls for action - these are all found here.