Growing up and Reporting about Life On and Off the Rez

Jarrette Werk, a multimedia storyteller, reflects on his life experiences growing up on and off the reservation in Montana and how the two are very different, as he sets out on his own journey of storytelling.

I took this photograph of my family back home at our powwow grounds in the ʔákisinnítaaʔ ʔóhkhʔóóútʔa, or “Little People’s Creek Canyon” when I returned home during the pandemic. Left to right: James (Jimmy) Werk, Jarrette Werk (me), James (Jim) Werk, Kimberly (Kim) Graham, JayCee Werk, Harmony Werk, Sharon Stiffarm, Johnathon (JT) Werk.
My parents and I pose for a picture on the beach in Hawai’i. (Photo courtesy of Jarrette Werk)

Fort Belknap History

In early summertime, the rolling hills below the Fur Cap Mountains are lush with green grass and fluffy clouds paint the skies just before sunset. Photo by Jarrette Werk.

Life On The Rez

Natural Bridge found at the mouth of the ʔákisinnítaaʔ ʔóhkhʔóóútʔa, or so-called Little People’s Creek Canyon in Hays, MT. Photo by: Jarrette Werk

How Tribal Radio Influenced My Storytelling

The annual Hays Powwow is held in August each year. Photo by: Jarrette Werk.

Life off the Rez

A couple of our horses grazing out in our field in Lodgepole, MT. Photo by Jarrette Werk

How My Community is Covered & How I Can Change That

My parents and I at the 53rd Annual Scripps Lecture and dinner held by the Reynolds School of Journalism at The University of Nevada, Reno. Photo courtesy of Jarrette Werk.

Avoiding Extractive Journalism

Reporting by Jarrette Werk shared with the Reynolds Sandbox

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