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TATANKA vs THE BLACK SNAKE
November 19, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
An Introduction to the Spiritual, Cultural and Practical Universe of the Buffalo in Native American Culture. Environmental Awareness through Live Dance and Digital Storytelling. Designed for a youth/adult audience supporting Indigenous communities all around America fighting the fossil fuel industry.
An Urban Multimedia Experience–Native Mythology –History-Story-Parallels- Animal–Environmental Conservation
“The four legged came before the two legged. They are our older brothers we came from them. Before them, we were the root people. We came from them.”
The Sioux (Dakota, Lakota, Nakota) people are made up of 14 Siouan-speaking tribes, noun popularly as the SIOUX, and had a territory that once extended across the prairies and Plains from Wisconsin to the foothills of the rock Mountains in Montana. With their central location in the Plains, they became fully adapted to buffalo hunting, which provided most of their food resources, clothing and other material necessities. There were seven nations in three dialect groups in this territory.
The Siouan peoples suffered the fate of all Native people in the region, after a heroic resistance against the military lasting for almost 50 years. This included the legendary Battle of the Little Big Horn (often called Custer’s Last Stand) on June 25 1876, when a force of Sioux, Northern Cheyenne and Northern Arapaho, wiped out General George Armstrong Custer and his Seventh Calvary. The resistance ended with the Seventh Calvary’s catastrophic massacre of Big Foot and his mainly unarmed band of men, women and children at Wounded Knee Creek, in South Dakota, on 29 of December, 1890. In spite of such depredation, the tribe fiercely retains the essence of its traditional culture and still controls significant territory in its homeland, specially in South Dakota.
The Horn: the rising of the Great Sioux Nation, a prophecy told by Crazy Horse.
After seven generations, a revolution will arise not only for Indigenous peoples but a revolution all around the world: the red nation, the white nation, the yellow nation, the black nation, they all will come together to protect the land.
Standing Rock Sioux tribe since April 2016 heads the opposition of the construction of a oil pipeline across their sacred land in North Dakota, the 1,890-km Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in the state of North Dakota, along the Canadian border. The 3.7-billion-dollar pipeline, which is being built by the US company Dakota Access, is to transport 470,000 barrels of crude oil daily from the Bakken shale formation. “It’s an amazing movement. Its number one factor is the spiritual founding of cosmology. There are indigenous people all around the world that share the cosmology of water and the protection of our sacred lands. This is the biggest indigenous movement since pre-colonial times”
So, all these facts represent more than just an opposition to a pipeline – they are the embodiment of a historic resurgence of Indigenous Nations, and a blossoming of a multi-racial, grassroots movement to protect our Mother Earth. Water Protectors will carry the spirit and energy from this fight forward, to other places where fossil fuel infrastructure projects are threatening our lands and everyone’s water all over the world!!!!
Lakota, Lenape, Raramuri, Yaqui, Nasa, Yanacona, Ingas and all over America not only fighting against pipelines but requiring responsible development.