Growing up in the ’70’s, I watched a lot of cowboy and Indian movies. I could not believe the injustices suffered by the Native American people. When I was an adolescent, I discovered that similar battles were waged against Aboriginal people in Australia.
Aaron Huey is a photographer living in the US who has documented the hardships experienced by the Lakota people. The statistics he mentions in the following talk on the Lakota are a carbon copy of the statistics for the Aboriginal people.
I’m having difficulties embedding the video, so please view the talk here at TED http://blog.ted.com/2010/11/10/americas-native-prisoners-of-war-aaron-huey-on-ted-com/
And then go to an article interviewing Mr Huey, at http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/20/behind-22/ .
The issues are complex and varied for the Lakota just as they are here for Aboriginal people, and Mr Huey respectfully raises so many important points. However, I had to wonder if this talk would have been available to me if the speaker was not a prominent photographer from the dominant culture but was instead a Native American?
Image from newspaper article: Hopes, dreams, and lofty government promises. Sydney Morning Herald, 13 May 2007. “At Yarrabah Aboriginal Mission, two or three families – sometimes up to 25 people – share each house, which are little more than tin sheds.” Photo: Meredith O’Shea