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Willis Views from the Reservation: A New Edition
by John Willis
with contributions from the Lakota people and an essay by Kent Newburn

A revised and updated edition of the groundbreaking book about the Oglala Lakota people!

Finalist for a 2021 Lucie Foundation Photo Book Award.

Photographer John Willis has long been aware of the exploitation that can occur when photographers enter communities as outsiders. So, in 1992, when he first visited the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, he assured elders of the Oglala Lakota nation that he would not exhibit any of his images. Over time, however, Willis earned the respect and trust of the community, and the elders urged him to show his work and create this book so that others might better understand Lakota land and life.

Willis has returned to the reservation every year since 1992, and he has come to grasp and interpret this place as few others have. Views from the Reservation, first published to widespread acclaim in 2010 and now presented in an updated and expanded edition, remains a gift—a wopila—that is meant to open the minds, eyes, and hearts of outsiders to the life, culture, and conditions of the Oglala Lakota people.

Along with his insightful and accomplished images, Willis has enlisted other voices to offer a more complete story: Lakota elders and high-school students from the Pine Ridge Reservation offer powerful poems; writer Kent Nerburn contributes an original essay; Emil Her Many Horses, a curator at the National Museum of the American Indian, tells his story of growing up on the rez; Kevin Gover, Director of the National Museum of the American Indian, apologizes for the government's abuse of native people; Oglala Lakota artist Dwayne Wilcox shares his provocative ledger drawings; and members of the Reddest family present their amazing photo collection.

Views from the Reservation is a masterful book that has been praised by the Lakota people for its honesty, spirit, and depth. It offers the chance for native peoples and outsiders alike to appreciate and respect the Pine Ridge Reservation from contemporary and historical points of view, with art and storytelling leading the way.



$45.00 U.S. (trade discount) No e-book has been authorized.
Hardcover (PLC)
192 pages with 82 duotones by the author,
3 color and 31 black-and-white historic
photographs, and 7 color ledger drawings
10.0" x 11.0" upright/portrait
ISBN 978–1–938086–63–2

Published July 2019

Published in association with the American Land Publishing Project

Distributed by Casemate/IPM
No e-book has been authorized.

About the Author and Essayist

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