Sacred Water Drummers kept our spirits up with their songs.
Nahaan, one of the organizers of the event and a Chilkat Tlingit. You can hear an interview with myself and Nahaan here.
We marched down the middle of the street in downtown like we owned the place.
Yours truly pretending to having something significant to say.
Patricia Anne Davis spoke some beautiful words at the event. It turns out she knew my great grandfather, Teles Romero, from Taos Pueblo and attended Native American Church meetings led by him. It was good to catch up with a “fresh water Indian” as I jokingly refer to those of us who have Native blood from the southwest and arid regions of the continent.
I was happy to see the Doug Fir Cascadian flag out to support us. The Cascadians are a bioregionalist movement advocating for independence and autonomy for parts of Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Southeast Alaska (and possibly portions of Idaho and the Yukon.) Their concept of bioregionalism is very much in line with our traditional social organization of autonomous clans, villages and tribes.
For more pictures check out Alex Garland’s album on Facebook as well as Lonny Peddycord’s album. There was a lot of great speakers, awesome moments, solidarity and support from the Occupy Seattle Street Medics, a squad of bicyclists directing traffic, songs, prayers, blessings.