In 2004 Ken Marchionno was invited to photograph the nearly three hundred-mile memorial horseback ride, the Oomaka Tokatakiya, Future Generations Ride. He returned each year. In 2006, on the urging of youth leader, Manaja Hill, Ken started the Future Generations Teen Photojournalism Project to teach photography on the ride.

Every year Ken works with teens and young adults from local Indian Reservations, supplies them with still and video cameras, computers, and wireless internet access. Each day they image the ride, and upload selected images and videos to social media so that anyone can follow the ride as it occurs.

The still photographs in this collection were taken by Ken Marchionno and students of the Project: TC Hill, Sandy Frank, Joshua Hale, Ica Ducheneaux, and Joseph Looking Horse.

The videos were taken by Shad Agard, Jesse James White, Jamie Turning Holy, Marvin Noisy Hawk, Lachelle Turning Heart, and Kayson Thompson.

The quotes were taken from interviews conducted by Ken Marchionno and Kim Abeles in 2008 and 2007, respectively.

For more information on either the ride or the project, please select the links or news page.