In Honor of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

By Dana Gluckstein (Photographer); Desmond Tutu (Foreword by); Oren R. Lyons (Introduction by)

powerHouse Books, Hardcover, 9781576875629, 143pp.

Publication Date: November 9, 2010


DIGNITY, a collection of iconic photographs by Dana Gluckstein, honors Indigenous Peoples worldwide and celebrates the 50th Anniversary in 2011 of Amnesty International, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights organization. With over ninety exquisite black-and-white portraits spanning three decades, this richly printed coffee table gift book succeeds in distilling the universality of experience that links us all yet never sacrifices the dignity of the individual. Whether photographing a Haitian healer or a San Bushmen chief, Gluckstein infuses each portrait with an essential human grace.
“The Indigenous Peoples of the world have a gift to give that the world needs desperately, this reminder that we are made for harmony, for interdependence.  If we are ever to prosper, it will only be together…. The work of Dana Gluckstein helps us to truly see, not just appearances, but essences, to see as God sees us, not just the physical form, but also the luminous soul that shines through us.”  —Archbishop Desmond Tutu, DIGNITY
DIGNITY’S power, artistry, and impassioned call to action make it a historic book in support of Indigenous Peoples who are among the world’s most impoverished and oppressed inhabitants.  The inspirational text is intended to give a fuller awareness of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples adopted in 2007 by 144 countries. The declaration is the most comprehensive global statement of the measures every government needs to enact to ensure the survival, dignity, and well-being of the Indigenous Peoples of the world.  DIGNITY includes the full text of the declaration. Gluckstein’s striking portraits illuminate this vision.
The dispassionate remove common to most modern portraits is all but absent in these images; in its stead is a passionate complicity between artist and sitter that allows each subject to be memorialized with both beauty and grace.” —The late Robert A. Sobieszek, Curator, Department of Photography, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

About the Author

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, renowned South African activist and cleric, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in 1986, the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2005, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009, among other honors.

Praise For Dignity

“Stunning, inspiring, and heart-breaking photos, spanning three decades and tens of thousands of miles.”