SYLVIA HORWITZ photography



There is an old Lakota prophecy of a black snake, a creature that would rise from the deep, bringing with it great sorrow and great destruction. For many years, the Lakota people have wondered what the prophecy meant and when it would to pass.

When they heard news of this pipeline – this tube, immeasurably long, that would pump black oil through the heart of this country – some Lakota people began to wonder if the snake had appeared at last.

The water protectors and their supporters believe they will win in North Dakota. But what then? What will happen to the other black snakes in other back yards, and to the network of pipelines that are spreading across the land like veins?

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