The book is comprised of film stills from Riccobono's acclaimed documentary The Seventh Fire (Berlin Film Festival, NYTimes Critics’ Pick) and the never-before-published poetry of its principal subject. Touching on aspects of his experience as a Native American, inmate, father, and poet, the book fulfills Brown's goals of publishing his writings as explicitly stated in the film. Through Riccobono's lens, we observe the beauty and harsh reality of life on the White Earth Reservation and the way in which institutional and historical trauma impacts Brown's beloved Ojibwe culture.
White Earth Stories features an introductory essay by Shannon Kelley, head of the UCLA Film & Television Archive, and an original cover design by graphic artist Midnight Marauder.
"A powerful look, through both photos and words, at contemporary Native American life." - Jack Womack, author, Random Acts of Senseless Violence
“Deeply textured… Remarkable” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker
“Verges on the surreal… Poetic images of open skies, falling fluffy snow, and a bright-white prison facility that’s a clean-slate metaphor without even trying.” - Trevor Johnston, Sight & Sound
“The film’s indelible depiction of current Native life is an achievement.” – Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com
Writing by Robert D. Brown | Photographs by Jack Pettibone Riccobono | Edited by Will Cameron | Contributing editors: Jillian McManemin, Shane Omar Slattery-Quintanilla | Introduction: Shannon Kelley