WE DID IT!!!!
We did it. We reached our fundraising goal for Akuy Eenda Maawehlaang: The Place Where People Gather.
The most rational lens through which I process and understand the importance of this story is one of civil rights, one of economic justice, one of open borders, and one of anti-racism.
However, the real heartbeat of this story, for me at least, is far bigger, and far more difficult to even attempt to describe, let alone 'capture'. It is about the body which we live on: the body which we are a part of, as individuals and as a group. It is about the health of our mother earth whom many of our Indigenous siblings feel, and see, and carry and know.
While this certainly includes Mahwah, NJ, and Standing Rock, ND, this is about Everywhere where Life Lives On!!!!
Thank you, family, for this opportunity to attempt to provide a media platform for some of our Ramapough Lenape relatives to speak their Truth upon. The political, social, spiritual self expression which I, for one, oftentimes take for granted, has in living memory, not always been a safe or even conceivable possibility for many Ramapough Lenape people.
It has been the blessing of my life to listen to people with such deep roots in the land I call home. Thank you.
I am so excited to share the final piece with you, as soon as it is ready!
Reposting: Tidbits of the Teachings Shared by Chief Perry at Indigenous History Month Kickoff @ Rutgers, Newark: