We're excited to share a couple of pieces of good news today! First of all, Kickstarter has made our project one of its "Staff Picks." Hooray!
Next, South Dakota Tourism's senior photographer has shared information about the "Home: Cheyenne River" project on his photography blog, appropriately titled "Dakotagraph." Thank you, Chad Coppess, for helping to spread the word!
Now that we're back in Colorado after a whirlwind five days in South Dakota, we've had a chance to reflect on some of the weekend's highlights: Dr. Jim Garrett, who is featured in the image of the Dupree family cemetery, conducting the blessing at the opening of the Cheyenne River Youth Project's 25th anniversary event; sharing the happiness of a teacher from Dupree School, who had several students featured in the "Home: Cheyenne River" art exhibition; and meeting a young contributor who brought his whole family to see the show. His mom told me that he was so excited to find out that his work would be included — she told him how proud she was of him, and how proud his grandfather would have been.
The teacher remarked, "The students never realize just what they can accomplish, or for that matter, just how talented they really are." She shared with us that the entire community is excited to see their young people acknowledged in the book.
That's why we have to get this done. The kids worked hard on their writing, and they shared their innermost thoughts about what home means to them. They deserve to see that work in print. And they deserve to see a book that celebrates their home, and their heritage, in both words and images. As one of the youth project's staff members observed, "When people think about our reservation, about our home, about our people... they think of poverty, they think of hopelessness, they feel pity. They don't always see that hope, beauty, and wonderful people exist here as well."
Before we sign off for today, we want to extend a warm welcome to our newest backers: Terry Souers Macy, Peggy J. Crouch, Julia Campbell, Wendy Winzeler, Peter Dudek, Seth Lehman, Erin Schanen, Renee Tuzee, Thomas Kluener, Rebecca Rozelle, Fiona Husband Redhair, JennyKate Schlagel and Alina Nagel. We appreciate your help so much!