StewartCrystalis creating The Standing Rock Movement
The book titled, “Standing for Unity: The Standing Rock Movement,” will be 12” x 9”, hardcover with over 100 pages. This first edition will be limited to only 250 copies, each book will be signed and numbered. There are over 25 contributors sharing accounts of their personal experience at the camps during the movement. The book will feature inspiring images with black and white photography of the people and camp. Our hope for the book is to be an everlasting true account of this historical gathering that brought unity to thousands of people from hundreds of different cultures and tribes from around the world.
LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Tacey M. Atsitty, Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, Joye Braun, Graham Brewer, Pauly Denetclaw, Candice Ducheneaux, Morgun Frejo, Michelle Gedo, Reggie George, Tonia Jo Hall, Kevin Kemper, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Paula Hornem Looking Horse, Art McConville, Nataanii Means, Josh Morgan, Cyrus Norcross, Shon Quannie, Stephen Quirke, Erin Tapahe, Dion Tapahe, Sharon Tapahe, Mark K. Tilsen, Tate’ Walker, Heather Waters, and Modern West Fine Art Gallery.
<figure><figcaption>4" x 6" Postcards, Clockwise from top, "Front Line," "Oceti Sakowin Camplife," and "Water is Sacred."</figcaption></figure>
<figure><figcaption>Black T-Shirt with one-color silkscreen print on front of shirt.</figcaption></figure>
"Standing for Unity," T-Shirt is a silkscreen print of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe's teepee lodge, where the Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation gathered for the first time during the Standing Rock movement in nearly 130 years. Image was captured at the Oceti Sakowin camp.
<figure><figcaption>8" x 10" Photograph Print, titled, "Oceti Sakowin, The Spiritual Fire Still Burns."</figcaption></figure>
"Oceti Sakowin, The Spiritual Fire Still Burns," is a unique image that captured the calmness and reverence before an all night prayer ceremony in Standing Rock, North Dakota. On this spiritual night, the Milky Way appeared above the Oceti Sakowin camp. To express their gratitude of this event, the medicine man called upon the ancestors of the stars for guidance to strengthen and unify the camp.
Risks and challenges
Risks? I think we have overcome some risks already. When we started this campaign, we just came home from Standing Rock, North Dakota. A three-day trip turned into a ten-day trip. We traveled over 4,000 miles to do interviews with people and capture images of the campsites to finalize the book. We camped and lived off of fried Spam sandwiches for breakfast, bologna sandwiches for lunch, and bison stew for dinner.
The only risk we foresee, is if we don't meet our goal––this is all or nothing!