The sun begins to set in the Badlands of South Dakota, the region that is home to the Lakotas. The Oglala Lakota people have long resisted the US government and continue their legal battle over the sacred Paha Sapa (Black Hills). Originally confined to the Pine Ridge Reservation, most Oglala today live in abject poverty in what is the poorest region of the United States.
• What do you see in this photograph? What is occurring?
• What details about the way this photograph is composed stand out to you? What roles do light, shadow, and color play?
• What larger ideas come to mind in relation to the landscape and the title of this photograph?