Can photos tell the full story? Watch 'Honor The Treaties': A documentary film about Aaron Huey

American photographer Aaron Huey has recieved some tough assignments over the years, covering the drug war in Afghanistan for The New York Times and The New Yorker, as well as the assasination of Benazir Bhutto - also for The New Yorker. But one project in particular, 'Poverty in America', has provided Aaron with a different perspective on his role as a photojournalist, and has ended up spawning a number of related art, film, and audio projects since he started work on it in 2005.

Huey's original goal when planning the 'Poverty In America' project was to travel across the country shooting a broad range of poor communities. But after visiting the first location, The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, he abandoned the project as it was originally conceived, to focus solely on Pine Ridge.

Aaron would end up going back to Pine Ridge - home of the Oglala Sioux Tribe - close to 20 times over the following seven years, enabling him to have ongoing exposure to feedback, both positive and negative, from the people he was taking photos of. 'We don't usually have to look back into the eyes of our subjects' said Huey of his Pine Ridge work. 'In Afghanistan, I just had to survive, but with the Pine Ridge work, I had to evolve'.

Released worldwide today, Honor The Treaties is a short documentary by Director Eric Becker about Aaron's Pine Ridge work, examining Huey’s personal growth as a photographer, storyteller, and advocate. The film was recently selected as a featured short documentry at The Seattle International Film Festival, and is now available publicly for first time on Vimeo

Aaron Huey and National Geographic Magazine

Aaron began working with writer Alexandra Fuller last year on a cover story about Pine Ridge for National Geographic Magazine. The story, published in July and on newstands now, digs deeper into the state of affairs on Pine Ridge today.

The story and several special features can be accessed through National Geographic's website and iPad app. Of particular interest is the Community Storytelling Project Aaron created working in collaboration with Cowbird, an online platform for storytelling. Aaron explains how the project started here, and National Geographic has also published 20 of the audio slideshows on its site.

Honor the Treaties | The Film
Honor the Treaties | The Film from eric becker on Vimeo.


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Responses to "Honor the Treaties: The Film"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Well done. The squalor, poverty and violence are all too true. I have seen them and lived them. Yet, amid all this horror, I have also met the most upright, generous and wise people I have ever met, those who sill manage to uphold, against all the odds, the traditional values of the Lakota. Values the United States and World could take inspiration from to make this planet of ours a better place.
    - A "White Wolf" in France

  2. Anonymous says:

    deeply moving film

  3. Anonymous says:

    Its time that more people see this to create an awareness that thses people are still here!!! This is the ugly, hidden side of America. Mitaku Oyasin!!
    -Bernhard Zipfel (South Africa)

  4. Unknown says:

    Thank-you Aaron for your courage and compassion in creating enlightened energy in our pathway to inner peace.

  5. Yuen Wan says:

    Thanks for your story. I love it very much. I want to help.

  6. Fari says:

    Thanks for this. Can't believe how little information there is on these matters of original Americans.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I could not anderstand why the native have to fight to get something back.....Why is it so in the USA, why....still from there to now nothing is changing for the native.The whites are coming and taking every things as if it's normal. Never a gourvernement says Yes it's true it was a genocide and we apologize for that, and now we will be good people and honor the treaties....

  8. Anonymous says:

    What do people get whole hé réceives his awards & money? I think hé took advantage of à lot of people on the Pine Ridge Réservation.

  9. I prefer the term concentration camps, as that was their original function, and remains such to this day.

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