The Centennial Ride to Wounded Knee

The Ride to Wounded Knee

On December 29, 1990, in blowing snow and wind-chill temperatures around fifty degrees below zero, more than 350 mounted riders approached Wounded Knee, South Dakota to observe the end of seven generations of mourning on the centennial of the historic massacre there. The riders had retraced the path of Big Foot and his people on the seven day ride. As they rode over the last few hills, the frozen horses and riders took on a timeless and ghostly appearance as if they were indeed riding in from the past. The suffering that all experienced from the cold that day seemed that much more appropriate in remembering the results of one culture failing to understand another.

This photograph is on display as part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of the American Indian. It is included in the museum's traveling Song for the Horse Nation exhibition.

This image and others are available as archival prints.

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