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Standing Strong.
Photographs by Josué Rivas. Text by Winona LaDuke. Artwork by Wakeah Jhane. Edited by Régina Monfort and David Stuart. Design by Bonnie Briant.
FotoEvidence, New York, USA, 2018. In English. 140 pp., 44 black-and-white illustrations, 12x8½".

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Publisher's Description

Winner of the 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo

“Standing Strong is a more than a photo book. It's a tool for reflection. The work was created during the seven months I spent documenting the historic gathering of Indigenous peoples and allies at Standing Rock, North Dakota. While many storytellers focused on the clash between police and Water Protectors, I turned my lens to the latent spirit embedded in the camps. The images that emerged serve as an offering to the all our relations and those protecting sacred sites, the water of life and our planet as a whole.

Standing Rock was the epicenter of an awakening, people from all four directions came to stand together and started a movement that created ripples across the globe. At the camps, there was a sacred fire going at all times serving as a space for prayers and intentions. People gathered in a circle and were with each other.

The image of sweet grass embossed on the cover of the book is a gesture for welcoming positivity into the journey of the viewer. Standing Strong is an offering with four chapters. Many tribes in Turtle Island (North America) have a deep relationship with the number 4. It refers to the four elements: water, air, fire, and land and also the four cardinal directions. Each chapter is structured with a different intention but ultimately they are doors to open into the spirit of healing and reconciliation amongst all people.

For all my relations and for the next seven generations, we are Standing Strong.” — Josué Rivas

photo-eye is proud to offer several prints by Josué Rivas in partnership with FotoEvidence Gallery

Pipe carrier. Oceti Sakowin Camp, Cannon Ball, ND, USA. December 2016.


Man setting up a tepee. Oceti Sakowin Camp, Cannon Ball, ND, USA. November 2016.


A woman walking in the snow. Oceti Sakowin Camp, Cannon Ball, ND, USA. November 2016.


Last prayer at camp. Oceti Sakowin Camp, Cannon Ball, ND, USA. December 2016.


Men sprayed by water cannons. Oceti Sakowin Camp, Cannon Ball, ND, USA. November 2016.


Last stand at camp. Oceti Sakowin Camp, Cannon Ball, ND, USA. February 2017.

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