19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Altered Images
Standing Bear

Standing Bear (Benjamin Arkeketa) Stands in front of the US Capitol in a silent protest during a time the Trump administration had a no protest policy at federal sites in Washington D.C. A couple months later a MAGA protest would take the lives of some of the officers who protected these sites. My work endeavors to capture contemporary Native American life. Too often “Indians” are depicted as figures in history books, long forgotten relics of the past housed in museums and unfortunately still used to this day as mascots. In my photographs, I want the public to know that we Native People are very much alive: living and working in present day society while simultaneously protecting and cultivating our rich traditions and culture. It’s time to update the image of the “Indian.” We aren’t just the people posed in photographs from the 1800s. We are here, we are alive, we are important. This Digital Print is part of the Newark Museum of Arts Permanent collection and can be seen on display at Newark NJ.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: DC, Maryland, United States of America
Copyright: © Benjamin West