Legendary Hip Hop Photographer Ernie Paniccioli on Indigenous Waves


Ernie Paniccioli joined Indigenous Waves this week to talk about the culture of hip hop and its direct relationship to Indigenous traditions.

*We also had an attempt at an interview with two of the Journey of Nishiyuu walkers, however due to poor cell service at that time we lost the call. We will hopefully be able to connect with the walkers this coming Monday, March 25th, 2013!

Regarded by most to be the premier “Hip-Hop photographer in America”, Paniccioli first made his foray into the culture in 1973 when he began capturing the ever-present graffiti art dominating New York City. Armed with a 35-millimeter camera, Paniccioli has recorded the entire evolution of Hip Hop. Much in the same way Gordon Parks recorded the Civil Rights Movement, or akin to the manner in which James Van De Zee, the documentary photographer of Harlem in the 1920s, met the energy and spirit of the times head-on with his picture-making. And like Edward S. Curtis’ monumental prints of the Native peoples of North America, himself a Native American, has found a beauty and resiliency in a community often ignored by mainstream society” (source: Zulu Nation)


Flying Down Thunder and Rise Ashen – Nigan Mikan (The Road Ahead)

Wab Kinew – The Ghost of Crazy Horse

Drezus – Red Winter f. Aaron Paquette

A Tribe Called Red – Braves

Team Rez Official – We Are the Future

Tru Rez Crew – All My Life

Beaatz – Freedom of Speech

Originally Aired Monday March 18, 2013

Photo Credit: Jamaias DaCosta; Ernie Paniccioli

2 Responses to “Legendary Hip Hop Photographer Ernie Paniccioli on Indigenous Waves”
  1. Len Ney says:

    Much respect to Indigenous Waves for making it happen!! Peace from Niagara.

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