SOUND ON🔊 Louie Brings Plenty sends a powerful prayer out over the badlands towards the Stronghold on the #PineRidgeIndianReservation, South Dakota. Stronghold Table was the site of the last Ghost Dances before the Wounded Knee Massacre in 1890, and a protected sanctuary for the Lakota in the battles that followed. #Oglala#Lakota#MitakuyeOyasin
Today is the day Custer wore an arrow shirt. Today is the day, in 1876, that the #Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapahoe kicked the 7th Cavalry’s ass at the Battle of the Greasy Grass (AKA: Little Big Horn, AKA: Custer’s Last Stand). They were lead by Crazy Horse and Gall, and inspired by the visions of Sitting Bull. The anniversary is celebrated every June 25-26 in Kiza Park on the #PineRidgeIndianReservation with horse races and other community events. In this image (shot for @natgeo) riders gather at the top of a hill before the start of a race. You can see an old video of this day my wife and I pieced together for the @smithsonianmagazine at bit.ly/custerarrowshirt or at the link in my header
Matt Redd at the end of a long evening of rounding up cattle on the Dugout Ranch in Indian Creek, Utah (now owned and operated by the @nature_org Conservancy). Photographed on assignment for @natgeo covering the land battles over #BearsEarsNationalMonument.
The Bone Trail. North of Fort Peck Lake, South of Glasgow, Montana. Descriptions for this place offer the following advice: “Make sure to take 3 days of extra food in case you become stranded due to impassable roads.” Shot on assignment for @natgeotravel.
Duke Pederson, a cowboy I photographed near Glasgow, Montana, was a quiet, gentle giant of a man. Big enough that he could have lifted me with one hand and thrown me 20 feet if he’d wanted. This legendary cowboy controlled his cattle dogs with the slightest hand signals from a hundred meters away, and was the steward of thousands upon thousands of acres of North East Montana - a land covered in grass, snakes, and bones.