FIRST PLACE – Southwest State Parks
by John G. White
UPPER SIOUX AGENCY STATE PARK
Over the years I’ve camped in these Upper Sioux teepees, and a friend I and had set up my camper nearby for a few days to await family coming up from Kansas City. Earlier I was chatting with a Dakota elder who spoke of the teepees and wondered how it might have looked back in the day … since this is along the Yellow Medicine River where Natives likely set up before Euro migration. So, yes, I worked for most of an afternoon and morning to gather an image that would feature the teepee along with the surrounding ecosystem … and in the midst the storm clouds gather in the west. All three elements came together for the image. My goal was to picture it with the surrounding prairie grasses and trees in as close to a moment in time as possible … away from the park trails and roadways. The image was made toward the end of June last year, 2021.