In late 2016, protestors stood against the construction of the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline – a $3.8 billion project, which would transport 570,000 barrels of oil a day across four states, through lands sacred to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and underneath the Missouri River, which supplies of drinking water for 17 million Americans. In an unprecedented coming together of many different groups, tribes from all over America came to the site protest the pipeline’s construction. Their acts of resistance included prayer and occupying the land. Magnum’s Alessandra Sanguinetti photographed the women protestors from the Native groups, which are traditionally matriarchal, and refer to the Earth in feminine terms – “Grandmother Earth.” Sanguinetti’s portraits portray the strength of the women protestors and acknowledge a simultaneously deeply felt connection to both the weight of their ancestral history and their responsibility towards their children and the future.
To continue reading, click here.