"We Dance for Those Who Cannot" the prayer of little Isabella Dawn Lebeau, Standing Rock Hunkpapa, her Native American name is "Sacred Meddlowlark Woman" and she is 10 years old.
Her Mother Dawn Wasin'Zi kept seeing Bella look at her shoes before dancing in her medicine or jingle dress. She asked her "What is the reason for the pause and looking down before dancing?" Bella said that she stares at her feet and says a prayer for her friend who is paralyzed and cannot dance himself. Dawn gave me permission to share this story and we used it for inspiration for this wet plate.
8x10" black glass ambrotype in the historic wet plate collodion process of pure silver on glass. Carl Zeiss Tessar 300mm lens, f4.5, 10 seconds of exposure. Title courtesy of Margaret Landin.
Richard Orville Grey Day, "Wolf Eyes Looking", Hunkpapa Dakota Standing Rock, for my series "Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective". The plate that captured his side profile will go to the permanent archive at the Historical Society of North Dakota and be part of the series. I thought this triptych of plates was worth sharing together.
I want to thank Herbert Ascherman Jr., for without him, I never would have met Richard and taken his portrait. I also need to thank Dakota Goodhouse for taking time out of his day helping me locate Richard.
Carl Zeiss 300mm Tessar Lens, f4.5, 9 seconds of exposure, continuous florescent lighting, 8x10" black glass ambrotypes in the wet plate collodion process of pure silver on glass.
Chief Arvol Wilfred Looking Horse "Sacred Horse", Lakota Sioux, in the historic wet plate collodion process of pure silver on glass. He is the 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle. This plate will be permanently curated by the Historical Society of North Dakota at the Heritage Center in Bismarck for my series "Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective".
My little makeshift wet plate studio was blessed by his presence. He entered my studio as a stranger and he left a friend. Below is a link that explains the history and the story that surrounds this important piece of Native American history.
8x10" black glass ambrotype, Carl Zeiss 300mm lens, f4.5, 10 seconds on exposure with continuous florescent lighting. We made two significant plates from our time together, one went to the Historical Society of ND permanently and the second plate is being curated by the Heard Museum in Arizona. A huge honor.
Father John Floberg, "Nape Wakan" which translates as "Holy Hand", Rector at the Saint James Episcopal Church at Cannon Ball, my new friend. He was an important spiritual figure during the turmoil at Standing Rock. This plate is being donated to the Historical Society of North Dakota in his honor. 8x10" black glass Ambrotypes in the historic wet plate collodion process of silver on glass. NO DAPL!
Nostalgic Glass Wet Plate Studio was founded on October 4th, 2012 by Shane Balkowitsch.