Ken Marchionno (2016 SPE Future Focus Project Support Grant Winner)
Thursday, March 09 - 10:00AM to 10:45AM
Since 2004, I have worked with Lakota tribes of South Dakota to cover the Oomaka Tokatakiya, Future Generations Ride, a 300-mile memorial horseback ride to the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre. In contrast with popular culture representations of Native Americans--the romanticisation of the past and the relentless focus on struggles with addiction and poverty--this work focuses on the Lakota's effort toward self-empowerment. It is a solutions focused, public practice, social media project, based on the needs and desires of the people involved. I will discuss my years working with the tribe and reservation youth to image this modern tradition.