Survival in the Dakotas | Winter Round II
Last year I was at Standing Rock, this year I'm testing my learning and sharing the process, inspiration and insight from a detached perspective. The work on this page so far is staying. When work is published I will share it here with no announcement. I WILL continue to share images that can benefit the Creative Commons, but they'll be general, original, and hopefully helpful with the narrative of others.
Values I learned to live by last year:
Honor the planet as our Mother/Grandmother
Honor ALL life and our relation to it and each other
Plan for coming generations
Included goal: Decolonization
Part of that is accountability.
Part of that is digging deep to relate to the last time my family line would have been living in relation to the planet as a living being, 10 generations ago. Best way I figure to do that is be here as a guest among people who never gave up their value system as part of a community.
Part of that is trusting the process.
Challenges: Not co-opting a thing
Not appropriating anything
Living cross-culturally in a good way
Learning to survive with my own familiar system falling away one layer at a time.
Sharing what I can of the process
In this place, this way of life, it is culturally inappropriate to claim credit for work performed. Work done for the people is a gift, asking for funding to keep it going won't fly.
Benefits to walking the talk, and taking time to learn the lessons:
Discovering that living with less is easier than you'd think.
It's easier to avoid destructive patterns like drinking at all, and it's amazing the clarity that comes with that.
I'm being a chaos monkey, it can't be predictable, it has to be humble, bear with me, I will always share something and always with the aim of making it interesting.