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December 5, 2016, #1/15
Metallic print mounted with plexiglass
40 x 32 inches
Edition of 15
On December 5th, 2016 outside Cannon Ball, North Dakota at Oceti Sakowin Camp on the edge of Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, military veterans march in support of the water protectors. Urness describes the moment: “Temperatures had hit forty below and I had the camera under my armpit to keep the batteries warm. I watched this gathering of veterans of military service, from all over the nation, approaching then moved quickly to this one-shot moment.” As a native photographer from the Tlingit & Cherokee tribe being able to witness history unfold in array of events only predicated through prophesy has left me Forever Changed and reunited with my cultural roots, like the ones that were instilled in me as a child. Power of prayer and council. Belief in the spiritual workings from ancient times is a weapon that doesn't need violence to win. History has been made in the unity of us all, spreading healing all around.
LiteratureThis image was selected as “Best of Show” at the prestigious Heard Museum Indian Market 2017, and appeared on the cover of “World Literature Today” May-August 2017. It is also currently on exhibition, included in “Zoe Urness: Keeping the Traditions Alive” at The Booth Museum of Western Art.