“Over many months Sylvia Gasoi and I have been part of a group of allies with Native Americans from the Native American Cultural Center working toward the goal of changing the second Monday in October from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day in Rochester. We have worked on and submitted to the Mayor and city council a proclamation to acknowledge this day and which will be signed by the Mayor and city council. There is supposed to be a press conference some time this week, discussion on the Evan Dawson radio show 1370AM, essays in the Sunday D&C, and a celebration next Monday, October 8. I will send you the day’s events later. The main event is the following film in the evening at St.Cecilia Church, 2732 Culver Rd., and we hope you can attend.”
The Eagle and The Condor – From Standing Rock with Love
From 2016 – 2017 Standing Rock water protection camps located at the heart of Turtle Island became the largest assembly of Indigenous peoples in recent history. Gathered nations confronted big energy’s extreme extraction through the strength of their ceremonies, histories, and connections. Despite being met with violence, many who brought their best intentions to this historic fight continue to expand their love and sovereignty – while they shift our world away from the trauma and isolation of modern days. The film is based around prophecy of the Eagle and Condor that originates with nations from the South and features ceremony held at the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) site on Indigenous People’s Day, October 10th, 2016. The ancient prophecy predicted the epic Standing Rock water protection actions – and continues to challenge all to identify and unite our gifts and power.
Director Paulette Moore’s background is in mainstream, non-fiction television including Discovery Channel, National Geographic, PBS and others and she has spent the past 15 years focused on what it means to decolonize and Indigenize media.
- The concurrent and nationally virtually-connected screening event on Monday, October 8th, 2018 Indigenous Peoples Day
- Location in Rochester: St. Kateri Parish, Newcomb Friendship Center, 2732 Culver Rd. Rochester, NY (St. Cecilia Church) Please note that this address is a change from the previous co-sponsor request.
- 7:00 pm – tabling by co-sponsors
- 7:30 pm – connected with national partners via Zoom
- 8:00 pm – watch the film
- 9:00 pm – reconvene as a virtually connected national group for questions and feedback
- 9:30 pm – panel of local Native Americans who went to Standing Rock.
TO VIEW A 4 MINUTE TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/257051628