Big Foot Ride Began With a Vision, Continues With Youth

Big Foot Ride Began With a Vision, Continues With Youth



The Big Foot Ride began with a vision in 1986. The ride is a way to honor those lost at Wounded Knee on December 29, 1890. Riders begin in Standing Rock and end at the Wounded Knee Memorial, where the riders arrived on December 28.

“I try to envision what it felt like for them as they went into Wounded Knee, not knowing what was going to happen,” Percy White Plume, a 55-year old Lakota, who had the vision for the annual ride, told Native News Online.

The annual ride is named for Big Foot, who led the Minneconjou Lakota after Sitting Bull was killed. He sought refuge at the Pine Ridge Agency, but for nearly 300 men, women, and children, their journey ended on December 29, 1890 at Wounded Knee.

The images included here are from this year’s journey.

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