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Title:
John Willis "Mni Wiconi, Honoring the Water Protectors" Photographs
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/dc0p096k95w
Dates:
2016-2017
Size:
3 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box P-000215
Language:
English

Abstract

Consists of 31 archival exhibition prints from the Mni Wiconi, Honoring the Water Protectors portfolio by John Willis.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of 31 photographic prints by John Willis documenting the Mni Wiconi (Lakota for "Water is Life") movement led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their allies with the indigenous-led movement resisting placing the Dakota Access Pipeline under the Missouri River. The photographs are part of the Mni Wiconi, Honoring the Water Protectors portfolio, and consist of: Movement from Oceti Sakowin Camp to the North Camp along ND 1806 (a section of the Lewis & Clark Trail). Sunni at Oceti Sakowin Camp. Lakota tobacco prayer ties along the Cannonball River in the morning mist. Site of the women's daily water-prayer ceremony helped along the Cannonball River, a tributary of the Missouri River that forms the northern border of Sioux Country and the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. Roadside action to raise awareness. Road map at camp in December 2016. Warming up by yurts with free medical support, mental health, herbalists, midwifery, and chiropractic and massage services. Morning Mist. Dressed for ceremony when going to Resistance Prayer Action. Painting Signs and banners for the peaceful protests to come. Site of daily non-violent action training. Indigenous women leading frontline action to the location where the Dakota Access Pipeline was being buried in the ground. When the police asked them to turn around and leave with their approximately 200 native and non-native supporters, they agreed to do so only if the police would join them in a prayer for the water. Once the police agreed, prayed with the group, and drank some sacred water, the Water Protectors peacefully returned to camp. Roadside action to draw attention on the road to Mandan. In Defense of the North Camp. Pleading with police officers in Mandan to consider water for the health of their children, grandchildren, and all future generations. Non-native allies encircle native Water Protectors to protect them from possible arrest and harsh legal responses during a street action that stopped traffic outside the Federal Building, Bismarck, ND #1. Non-native allies encircle native Water Protectors to protect them from possible arrest and harsh legal responses during a street action that stopped traffic outside the Federal Building, Bismarck, ND #2. Standoff outside the Federal Building, Bismarck, ND. Non-native allies encircle native Water Protectors to protect them from possible arrest and harsh legal responses during a street action that stopped traffic outside the Federal Building, Bismarck, ND #3. Mary Lyons (in the hat) leading the women's daily water-prayer ceremony along the Cannonball River. Mary is an Ojibwe elder and member of the International Grandmother's Council. Watching the Thanksgiving Day action at Turtle Island near the site where DAPL would be placed beneath the Missouri River adjacent to sovereign Standing Rock Lakota land, with a threatening presence of police monitoring the crowd from above #1. Watching the Thanksgiving Day action at Turtle Island near the site where DAPL would be placed beneath the Missouri River adjacent to sovereign Standing Rock Lakota land, with a threatening presence of police monitoring the crowd from above #2. Getting into a pickup truck early on a cold November morning to head sixty-five miles north To an Awareness Raising Action. The pickup truck ride early on a cold November morning to head sixty-five miles north to an Awareness Raising Action. Running from tear gas and rubber bullets, Nov. 20, 2016. Throwing back tear gas towards the police, Nov. 20, 2016. Arms Up in prayer, Nov. 20, 2016. A medic treats a tear-gas victim during the conflict at Backwater Bridge, Nov. 20, 2016. First Blizzard, December, 2016. Native and non-native U.S. Military Veterans defending the Water Protectors in response to the unwarranted police action at the Backwater Bridge which happened the evening of Nov. 20, 2016. Native and non-native U.S. Military Veterans defending the Water Protectors in response to the unwarranted police action at the Backwater Bridge which happened the evening of Nov. 20, 2016 #2.

Arrangement

Materials are arranged in the order in which they were received.

Collection Creator Biography:

Willis

John Willis is a documentary photographer. His books include Mni Wiconi / Water Is Life: Honoring the Water Protectors at Standing Rock and Everywhere in the Ongoing Struggle for Indigenous Sovereignty, Views from the Reservation: A New Edition, and Recycled Realities, co-authored with Tom Young.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Purchased from John Willis; gifted by John Willis; and gifted by Bill Press and Elena Auerbach in December 2020 (AM 2021-67).

Appraisal

No materials were removed from the collection during 2024 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Amy C. Vo in April 2024. Finding aid written by Amy C. Vo in April 2024, incorporating description provided by the creator.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

John Willis "Mni Wiconi, Honoring the Water Protectors" Photographs; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/dc0p096k95w
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box P-000215