The Unity Concert is a three-day gathering in the Black Hills of South Dakota, bringing together both Native and non-Native people to begin healing the historic wounds that persist in our country, through music and conversation. The protests and resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota were an important part of this year’s event: many artists shuttled back and forth between the two locations; food, tents, sleeping bags, clothes, solar lamps and other items were collected at the Unity Concert and sent to the people on the front lines in Standing Rock.
Mni Wiconi, water is life. #WeAreStillHere
This year I had the honor of photographing the Unity Concert with two of my favorite folks: Tony Di Zinno and Erin Wheat.