It has been a particularly troubling week for everybody in this country, and I hope everybody is taking care to relax as much as is possible. I hope that amid this disturbing chaos, you are experiencing respites of solace and joy.
On another note, a LOT has happened for our film, Akuy Eenda Maawehlaang, in the past week! MANY THANKS to all of you, we have already come within sight of our fundraising goal for this project. Wow!!!!!
Thank you so so much for your support of all kinds, for your belief in this film, and for your faith in humanity's ability to learn, grow, and heal.
We love you all so much.
Project Updates + Media:
In the Journal News: Some Hudson Valley Locals have already seen this, but for those who haven't, Robert Brum published this article in the Journal News last week on the documentary, and more importantly, on the story itself:
At Split Rock: Earlier this week the Ramapough Nation welcomed people to Split Rock for a guided tour of edible and medicinal plants. It was a beautiful day, and we had a nice shoot.
((BEAUTIFUL SNEAK PEEK OF MY BROTHER & FRIEND TWO CLOUDS SHARING KNOWLEDGE OF THE LAND VIEWABLE IN OTHER UPDATE))
Coming Up: This coming Monday, I will be accompanying Chief Perry, and other Ramapough leaders to celebrate Indigenous People's Day with a sunrise prayer on Randall's Island (off of Manhattan) -- part of the Lenape homeland.
It is a celebration of Indigenous Peoples of the world, and a necessary assertion of resistance against the barbaric regime of 'Columbus Day' which continues to pervade NYC and much of the US at large. I will keep you posted on how it goes!
Thank you all for this very special and immensely exciting opportunity, and for your involvement in it!
With Love & Gratitude,
Brooklyn Demme & the Akuy Eenda Maawehlaang Team