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Maker(s):Willis, John
Culture:American (1957- )
Title:The Mass Gravesite at Wounded Knee, from the series A View from the Rez
Date Made:2007 negatives; 2012 print
Materials:Peiziographic pigment archival inkjet printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag paper
Place Made:North America; United States; South Dakota; Pine Ridge Reservation
Measurements:Mat: 12 1/4 in x 35 in; 31.1 cm x 88.9 cm; Sheet: 6 1/2 in x 33 3/8 in; 16.5 cm x 84.8 cm; Image: 4 1/2 in x 31 3/8 in; 11.4 cm x 79.7 cm
Narrative Inscription:  TITLE: verso, lwr. l. (graphite): The mass Gravesite AT Wounded Knee (From the 1890 Massacre of Chief Bigfoot + His Band); INSCRIPTION: verso, lwr. ctr. (graphite): Pine Ridge Reservation, SD; SIGNATURE: verso, lwr. r. (graphite): John Willis © 2007
Accession Number:  MH 2014.37.4
Credit Line:Gift of Richard S. and Jeanne Press
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Label Text:
In December 1890, the United States Cavalry entered a Sioux encampment near Wounded Knee Creek at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, leading to the slaughter of more than 150 men, women, and children. The events were precipitated by the failure of the US government to honor their treaties with the Sioux and other tribes, the encroachment of white settlers on their way of life, and an aggressive military campaign to pacify them. This photograph of the mass gravesite recalls this dark period in US-Sioux history, and underscores the importance of present-day conversations about the protection of Native lands and sovereignty.

-Aaron Miller, Associate Curator of Visual and Material Culture, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (Jan. 2017)

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