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Photos & Video of Event Honoring Kossack Carter Camp
Last Saturday I announced I was in Oklahoma to attend a special Ponca dance to honor Kossack Carter Camp aka cacamp for his role in the Wounded Knee take over 40 years ago. As promised, here are photos and video from that terrific event.
We gathered at the Ponca Cultural Center in White Eagle, OK. The event started with traditional gourd dancing, this is a 60 second video just to give you a taste:
I was welcomed by Carter's family as we were waiting for him to arrive.
Casey Camp-Horinek and I think, her husband. Casey is Carter's younger sister, she's an actress and activist. She organized this event and directed it during the day and evening. With more than 200 in attendance you can imagine how much work that involved. She hardly sat down. When Carter arrived I told him Casey had been taking care of me and he said, "Isn't she something!" He loves her.
This is Bear aka Sugar Bear, I was sitting near him. He was very friendly and brought me water. He made sure I was okay for the 9 hours I was there. He's a Wounded Knee vet, his photo is here from '73.
Speaking of old photos, Casey put on display her collection of Carter's photos from Wounded Knee 73':
MANY MORE PHOTOS BELOW!
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After that an honor dance:
(vid is 5:55 minutes)
Carter then publicly thanked Native American Netroots. He said, "What you're doing is the next wave of Indian activism. Technology is now connecting us all and we can be stronger. When you started NAN at Dkos there was nothing for a long time. Now, look what you've built. Thank you for telling our stories and getting our words out there to educate the public about our causes." (paraphrased)
This is a day I'll always remember. My chance to meet my hero and tell him how much he is loved by the Native American Netroots Kossacks.
You can see all 250 photos I took here:
Please read Aji's diary for Ponca history: * New Day * — This Week In American Indian News: Carter Camp's Ponca Nation