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.