A Cross-cultural Gathering on the Pine Ridge Reservation to Explore Youth Rites of Passage

All Nations Gathering Center and Youth Passageways

At the beginning of September, I was honored to participate in a cross-cultural gathering on the Pine Ridge Reservation organized by Youth Passageways and hosted by All Nations Gathering Center. The goals of the gathering were to explore the role of rite of passage experiences in the modern world, and to deepen the relationship between Youth Passageways, whose mission is to help regenerate healthy passages into mature adulthood for today’s youth, and All Nations Gathering Center, whose work focuses on helping create opportunities for healing and growth within the Lakota Nation and connecting with others doing similar work. 

I was asked to help photo-document the gathering. It was truly my pleasure to try to capture the spirit of the gathering through images. 

Northwest People

 Outward Bound Instructor Jacob Anderson climbing the Horsefly couloire on Reynolds Peak, Sawtooth Range, North Cascades, Washingtion.

Outward Bound Instructor Jacob Anderson climbing the Horsefly couloire on Reynolds Peak, Sawtooth Range, North Cascades, Washingtion.

 Naturalist Marcus Reynerson inspects a black bear den discovered by David Scott who looks on along with Gabe Spence and Brian McConnell. Western Washington.

Naturalist Marcus Reynerson inspects a black bear den discovered by David Scott who looks on along with Gabe Spence and Brian McConnell. Western Washington.

 Climbing guide Forest McBrian shows off some stylin’ moves. Bellingham, Washington.

Climbing guide Forest McBrian shows off some stylin’ moves. Bellingham, Washington.

 A taste of winter for Emily Gibson.Washington Cascades.

A taste of winter for Emily Gibson.Washington Cascades.

 Casey McFarland prepares goose feathers for photographing for his forthcoming text on Bird Feathers of North America (co-author David Scott). Redmond, Washington.

Casey McFarland prepares goose feathers for photographing for his forthcoming text on Bird Feathers of North America (co-author David Scott). Redmond, Washington.

 Naturalist Emily Gibson inspects a marsh wren nest she discovered. Potholes, WA

Naturalist Emily Gibson inspects a marsh wren nest she discovered. Potholes, WA

 Darcy Ottey on a sunny fall day in the Cascades

Darcy Ottey on a sunny fall day in the Cascades

 Rosa Levin taking a photograph,North Cascades, Washington

Rosa Levin taking a photograph,North Cascades, Washington

 Mountaineer Steve Smith applies sunscreen on a bright day.Ragged Ridge, North Cascades Washington.

Mountaineer Steve Smith applies sunscreen on a bright day.Ragged Ridge, North Cascades Washington.

 Forest McBrian reflects on life and love. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, Puget Sound Washington.

Forest McBrian reflects on life and love. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, Puget Sound Washington.

 Bling Bling takes a well earned rest bellow High pass. Glacier Peak Wilderness, Washington.

Bling Bling takes a well earned rest bellow High pass. Glacier Peak Wilderness, Washington.

 Drawing badger tracks from a plaster cast.Vashon Island, Washington.

Drawing badger tracks from a plaster cast.Vashon Island, Washington.