MAX presents...

Star Stories

@ California academy of the sciences

A three-day multimedia installation during MAX 2019: A Space Festival. 

The Lakota Youth at the Mission Boys and Girls Club reclaim their Star Knowledge and amplify their voices through photographs, podcasts, and their re-telling of their star stories.


STAR KNOWLEDGE leads to star stories

Like other ancient communities, the Lakota people read the night sky and devised their Star Knowledge - about the groupings of stars in the night sky that came to explain the relationship between the celestial world, the buffalo, and the Lakota.  These stories have been passed down orally over the generations.

Using visual media and photography, Tribal member Paula Antoine, and lead teaching artist Robin Dahlberg bring together youth at the Boys & Girls Club on the Rosebud Reservation to explore the cosmos and reclaim the Star Knowledge that is central to their Lakota Sioux heritage.

Come enjoy these stories at San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences.


About the Reservation and the Boys & Girls Club

The Rosebud Sioux Reservation is the home of the Sicangu Oyate (the Upper Brulé Sioux Nation), a branch of the Lakota people also known as the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. The Tribe has a rich culture that emphasizes strong family and community ties, consensus decision-making and respect for nature and the earth.

The Boys and Girls Club seeks to provide Reservation youth with the skills, resilience and self-confidence to confront the challenges and to become healthy young adults.


About The Artists

Paula Antoine is a social justice advocate.  She resides on the Reservation. Most recently, she stood in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota, fighting the Dakota Access pipeline. She is also the chairperson of the Oyate Wahacanka Woecun – Shielding the People - a project of the Tribe.

Before becoming a photographer, Robin Dahlberg was a civil rights lawyer and worked with the Tribe over a period of ten years to ensure that tribal youth attending schools off the Reservation received appropriate educational services. She has taught photography extensively to both adults and children.

Josee Schryer is interested in folklore, traditions and people’s attachment to places. She has spent the past 3 years working on reserved land exploring the territory and the culture of Northern Quebec’s inhabitants.

Veronica Melendez's work is greatly influenced by her Latinx upbringing. Using illustration and photography, she gives a platform to a voice that is often marginalized and serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of culture and representation in art.


How Can you Help?


Help youth explore their cultural history through photography with the Boys & Girls Club on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. 

Your donation will directly help us defray equipment costs and the costs of transporting participating youth to cultural important sites throughout the Reservation.  With your support, we will be able to present a contemporary exploration of traditional Lakota cosmology and provide a national audience for the artwork of group of talented youth.