Helping Communities Speak for Themselves: Aaron Huey’s Pine Ridge Community Storytelling Project

October 22, 2012

By Meghan Ahearn

© Aaron Huey

After documenting life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for several years, Aaron Huey partnered with Cowbird and National Geographic to create a way for his subjects to tell their own stories. To see more images, click on the Photo Gallery link below.

Like a number of photojournalists before him, startling stats brought Aaron Huey to South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 2005, including 90 percent unemployment, a 70 percent school dropout rate and a male life expectancy of 47 years old. But he kept returning because he was drawn to the Oglala Lakota people. “Over time it became clear to me...

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