The year 1990 marked the centenary of the Wounded Knee Massacre. In commemoration, Gabriele and Nick installed a replica of a Lakota tipi in the center of a Manhattan shantytown known as The Hill and moved in on Thanksgiving Day.
In her journal Gabriele details their day-to-day lives as they navigate one of New York's largest-ever police corruption scandals, city politics in the Dinkins era (elected to solve the homeless problem), drug dealers, the AIDS crisis, and the media. It traces the steps of how a shantytown went from the anonymity of waist-high huts hidden in the weeds, to a tour-bus, school-group and celebrity stop; from addicts and recluses just getting by, to a drug supermarket; from a close-knit encampment, to a crime scene that entangles everyone from drug dealers, to users, to cops, to the artists themselves, when one day the unspeakable happens.
(photo by Andreas Sterzing)