So I’m sure a lot of you have heard about the ridiculous ‘artistic event’ that some are calling a ‘feminist gathering’ being held at a plantation, hosted by Ani DiFranco. Well shits hitting the fan on the Facebook page after some woman kept dismissing the critiques of black women about the…
Aaron Huey has photographed the Oglala Lakota for seven years. The community of Sioux is confined to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, about 75 miles southeast of the Black Hills.
*I can’t find one description of this project that isn’t problematic, so I leave it to others to research on their own. Despite the accolades of TED talks, National Geographic and now a movie shot with OBEY, there are still complex issues over an outsider, entrenched in colonial implications, taking pictures of this community and presenting it to the outside world. Because of some issues over photos of sacred ceremonies that the photographer took, I have chosen to exclude those images from this post. THAT SAID the 7 year investment the photographer has made to establish real relationships with the community and explore a highly complex social/political/colonial issue can be respected.
The best thing to come out of this project is arguably the Pine Ridge Community Storytelling Project. This collection tells the story of life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, told by the people of Pine Ridge in their own unedited words.
1. Who was the last person you held hands with?-Richard 2. Are you outgoing or shy?-indifferent 3. Who are you looking forward to seeing?-My mom. I miss that lady 4. Are you easy to get along with?-I’d say so. 5. If you were drunk would the person you like take care of you?-absolutely 6. What kind of people are you attracted to?-smart ones with big dicks 7. Do you think you’ll be in a relationship two months from now?-yep 8. Who from the opposite gender is on your mind?-Richard 9. Does talking about sex make you uncomfortable?-in public, yes. very 10. Who was the last person you had a deep conversation with?-Karis 11. What does the most recent text that you sent say? ‘Thank you baby’ 12. What are your 5 favorite songs right now?-What now, beautiful (labrinth and Emeli Sande Live), Breaking the Law (emeli sande), Skin (Rihanna), Wont Stop (Sevyn) 13. Do you like it when people play with your hair?-yes, please 14. Do you believe in luck and miracles?- miracles and blessings 15. What good thing happened this summer?-I had the support of those i love through a tragic time. 16. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again?-over and over 17. Do you think there is life on other planets?-yes, 18. Do you still talk to your first crush?-i dont even know who that is. lol 19. Do you like bubble baths?-yes 20. Do you like your neighbors?-love them 21. What are you bad habits?-I have a lethal tongue. 22. Where would you like to travel?-Greece, Nairobi, Ibiza, Cuba, Barbados 23. Do you have trust issues?-not really. anymore 24. Favorite part of your daily routine?-sleep 25. What part of your body are you most uncomfortable with? arms 26. What do you do when you wake up? piss excellence 27. Do you wish your skin was lighter or darker?its perfect! 28. Who are you most comfortable around?my friends and family 29. Have any of your ex’s told you they regret breaking up? of course. all of them. lol 30. Do you ever want to get married? Yes 31. If your hair long enough for a pony tail? Yes 32. Which celebrities would you have a threesome with? nia long and common 33. Spell your name with your chin. no. lol 34. Do you play sports? What sports?now, no? but i played just about every sport growing up. 35. Would you rather live without TV or music? TV 36. Have you ever liked someone and never told them? PROBABLY 37. What do you say during awkward silences? nothing 38. Describe your dream girl/guy? intelligent, ambitious, single, handsome, nice chest and arms, in love with me 39. What are your favorite stores to shop in? Michael Korrs and TJ Maxx (lol, im smart) 40. What do you want to do after high school? that was 100 years ago. 41. Do you believe everyone deserves a second chance? in some capacity. just not with me. 42. If your being extremely quiet what does it mean? im tired 43. Do you smile at strangers? all the time 44. Trip to outer space or bottom of the ocean? outer space, only bc bottom of the ocean seems to implie im dead. llol 45. What makes you get out of bed in the morning? responsibilities 46. What are you paranoid about? Fire 47. Have you ever been high? no 48. Have you ever been drunk? once or twice 49. Have you done anything recently that you hope nobody finds out about? nope 50. What was the colour of the last hoodie you wore? hell, i dont know the last time i wore a hoodie 51. Ever wished you were someone else? never 52. One thing you wish you could change about yourself? come back to me on that one 53. Favourite makeup brand? blah 54. Favourite store?eh 55. Favourite blog? www.thebrittianycierra.com duh 56. Favourite colour? all of them 57. Favourite food? im too full to think about food 58. Last thing you ate? shrimp 59. First thing you ate this morning? french toast 60. Ever won a competition? For what? plenty 61. Been suspended/expelled? For what? never 62. Been arrested? For what? do you know my parents? 63. Ever been in love? once. 64. Tell us the story of your first kiss? ha. nope. 65. Are you hungry right now? no 66. Do you like your tumblr friends more than your real friends? I love all of yall 67. Facebook or Twitter? both 68. Twitter or Tumblr?both 69. Are you watching tv right now? no 70. Names of your bestfriends? errr 71. Craving something? What? ummm 72. What colour are your towels? red 72. How many pillows do you sleep with? 6 73. Do you sleep with stuffed animals? no 74. How many stuffed animals do you think you have? 30 75. Favourite animal? white tiger 76. What colour is your underwear? nude, lol 77. Chocolate or Vanilla? strawberry 78. Favourite ice cream flavour? pralines and cream 79. What colour shirt are you wearing? grey 80. What colour pants?none 81. Favourite tv show?ummm 82. Favourite movie?ehhh 83. Mean Girls or Mean Girls 2? original 84. Mean Girls or 21 Jump Street? 21 85. Favourite character from Mean Girls? really? 86. Favourite character from Finding Nemo? dory 87. First person you talked to today? richard 88. Last person you talked to today? monique 89. Name a person you hate? no one 90. Name a person you love? barbara 91. Is there anyone you want to punch in the face right now? nope 92. In a fight with someone? no 93. How many sweatpants do you have? 5 pair maybe 94. How many sweaters/hoodies do you have? 100s of sweaters 95. Last movie you watched? Best Man Holiday 96. Favourite actress? eh 97. Favourite actor?errr 98. Do you tan a lot?ha 99. Have any pets?yes 100. How are you feeling? tired 101. Do you type fast?yes 102. Do you regret anything from your past? nope 103. Can you spell well? very 104. Do you miss anyone from your past? nope 105. Ever been to a bonfire party? no : ( 106. Ever broken someone’s heart? yes : ( 107. Have you ever been on a horse? yes 108. What should you be doing?ha! 109. Is something irritating you right now? this 110. Have you ever liked someone so much it hurt? yep 111. Do you have trust issues?not as much 112. Who was the last person you cried in front of? richard 113. What was your childhood nickname? poo 114. Have you ever been out of your province/state? of course 115. Do you play the Wii? used to 116. Are you listening to music right now? no 117. Do you like chicken noodle soup? no 118. Do you like Chinese food?yes 119. Favourite book?plenty 120. Are you afraid of the dark? no 121. Are you mean?sometimes 122. Is cheating ever okay?no 123. Can you keep white shoes clean? yes 124. Do you believe in love at first sight? its possible 125. Do you believe in true love? yes 126. Are you currently bored?yes 127. What makes you happy? love 128. Would you change your name? no! 129. What your zodiac sign? scorpio 130. Do you like subway?yuck 131. Your bestfriend of the opposite sex likes you, what do you do? love him 132. Who’s the last person you had a deep conversation with? karis 133. Favourite lyrics right now? justin beiber 134. Can you count to one million? nope 135. Dumbest lie you ever told? it wasnt me 136. Do you sleep with your doors open or closed? open