National Geographic Photo Camp to Mentor Apsáalooke Youth in Montana

A group of Apsáalooke (Crow Indian) youth in Montana will learn to tell their stories through photography and writing during National Geographic Photo Camp (NGPC) Montana, June 8-12. The camp, to be held at Little Big Horn Community College on the Crow Native American Reservation in Montana, is a partnership between the National Geographic Society and the Crow Tribe. The goal of this project is to introduce Apsáalooke (Crow Indian) youth to the power of photography through visual storytelling. The 20 participants, ages 13-19, will be mentored by National Geographic Photographer David Guttenfelder, National Geographic Creative Photographer Jonathan Kingston, National Geographic Creative Editor Stacy Gold, National Geographic Photography Producer Jeanne Modderman and National Geographic Digital Associate Photo Editor Mallory Benedict. National Geographic Photo Camp staff Jim Webb and Jenny Stratton, as well as Crow anthropologist Aaron Brien will also serve as mentors for the students.

The five-day workshop, conducted in partnership with the Crow Tribe, will explore a disappearing element of Apsáalooke culture: the clan system. The reliance on the clan system is diminishing due to mainstream western culture and technology overwhelming indigenous belief systems. The objective of the National Geographic Photo Camp is to teach Apsáalooke youth about the roles and responsibilities of the clan system through photography. The students’ final multimedia presentation will be shown on Sunday, June 12, at 12:00 p.m. at Little Big Horn College.

“National Geographic believes in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. We have found that Photo Camp inspires a new generation of storytellers as well as the members of the community who view their work, ” said ​Kaitlin Yarnall, National Geographic​ Society​’s ​Deputy Director of the Centers of Excellence. “We hope Photo Camp Montana will provide the Apsáalooke youth with a creative outlet to share their unique perspectives and an opportunity to engage with National Geographic in new ways.”

Since 2003, National Geographic Photo Camp has provided programs for more than 1,500 young people in 70 locations. Olympus Imaging America Inc. has supplied cameras for the Photo Camp.

For more information on recent Photo Camps in Ukraine, South Sudan and Jordan, visit:

http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2015/09/30/the-story-of-losing-a-homeland-through-the-eyes-of-those-living-it/ ,

http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2015/01/12/peace-building-with-cameras-in-south-sudan/,

http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2015/04/21/life-through-the-lens-of-syrias-uprooted-teens/.

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