All photos by Dr. Dana Powell, professor of anthropology at Appalachian State University
Preparation of a mutton feast offered by members of the Navajo Nation and others from the Southwest.
Documenting signs, clothing, art and artifacts are a large part of ethnographic research.
Dr. Dana Powell, left, with long-time friends Anne White Hat (Teton/Rosebud) of New Orleans and Shining Light Kitchen and Earl Tulley, founding member of Diné CARE (Citizens Against Ruining our Environment) of Rock Springs, Arizona.
A sign pleading for clemency for Leonard Peltier, a leader of the American Indian Movement (AIM) who has been in prison for over 29 years, since the uprising at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota in 1973. The issues surrounding his case remain controversial.
Undergraduate research assistant Ricki Draper observes the Oceti Sakowin encampment.
An observer captures a photo of a group of water protectors gathered for a non-violent direct action at a road blockade.
NO DAPL roadside sign along Highway 1806, the main road into the encampments from Bismarck, North Dakota. In early November the Morton County Sheriff’s Department blocked the road, making movement in and out of the encampments virtually impossible.
The researchers saw banners, T-shirts, posters and flags along the fence line that runs beside Highway 1806. They were displayed by different Native nation groups and other visitors, including NGOs, veterans and schools groups in an act of support for the water protectors.
Ricki Draper, left, and Dr. Dana Powell
Preparing wood for the winter.
Silhouetted tipis at Oceti Sakowin.
Tarpees at Camp Southwest, one of the named camps within the larger Oceti Sakowin, where Powell stayed over Thanksgiving. The tarpees are made of tarp as opposed to the natural skins of the tipis, are manufactured and have a pre-fabricated opening for a wood stove or oil drum pipe.
This Mongolian-style yurt is part of the community home school and affiliated with the Standing Rock Sioux tribal teachers.
Members of the Oceti Sakowin construction crew build a Navajo Hogan.
A work of art that greets people as they arrive at the main entry to Oceti Sakowin.
Tipis in the snow, Nov. 28, the morning of the first blizzard.
A sign at the entrance to the Indigenous Peoples Power Project, known in Oceti Sakowin as the IP3 Camp.
The Standing Rock pipeline protest led to on-the-ground activist research for an undergraduate student and her anthropology professor.
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