While there seems to be a complete media blackout on the major news channels, if you’re anywhere on social media you have heard of the ongoing Dakota Access pipeline protests. This past fall, photographer Camille Seaman launched a GoFundMe campaign to support her trip to Sacred Stone Camp to capture images of the #NoDAPL protests.
Earlier this year, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe created a prayer camp movement to save their sacred land and water from the building of the $3.8 Billion Dakota Access pipeline project. This pipeline will cross the Missouri River and Cannon Ball River which is the life line to many tribes and non native peoples. When this pipeline leaks it will destroy the water and land. Aside from capturing images of the protests, at the site, Seaman also set up a photo booth to create formal portraits of the protectors.
As a person of native heritage herself, Seaman poignantly states on her GoFundMe page, “It’s so important for us to tell our own stories, from the inside. Having Native artists and photographers on the ground offers multiple perspectives.” Below I’ve selected a few images from Camille Seaman’s Instagram account, which she used to share some of the work from her time spent at Sacred Stone Camp. Check out the other images and follow Seaman’s Instagram account for more. Also check the Ideas TED site for more images and background on Seaman’s involvement with the #NoDAPL movement.
I first discovered Seaman’s photography work through her sublime images of icebergs and other magnificent landscapes. Read the Dodge & Burn interview with photographer Camille Seaman and learn more about her journey as a photographer.
Portrait of a protector. Dianna of the Havasupai people of the Grand Canyon Region of Arizona came to Oceti Sakowin to remind the women of the great healing power they possess. “Stand and be heard.”she said at a ceremony she performed for the women of the camp. #mniwiconi #nodapl #youcantdrinkoil #portrait #waterprotector #protectthesacred #havasupai #indigenousrising #medicinewoman