Published December 18, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO – Unifying with powerful intentions, Aquatic Collective has brought together a group of talented artists that created a message to spread awareness and share a meaningful message in support of the Standing Rock Movement.
Aquatic Collective has released “Standing With the Waters,” a digital album to benefit the water protectors at Standing Rock. All proceeds from downloads will go to the Standing Rock Medic + Healer Council. The Standing Rock Medic + Healer Council seeks to coordinate supplies, resources, and volunteers between various medic and wellness clinics at the Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline opposition camps.
This album was created in response to the ongoing controversial Dakota Access Pipeline Project being built by Energy Transfer Corporation. It is an approximate 1,172-mile, 30-inch diameter pipeline that will connect the rapidly expanding Bakken and Three Forks production areas in North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois. As a result, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed a complaint in federal court, stating that the pipeline construction “threatens the Tribe’s environmental and economic well-being, and would damage and destroy sites of great historic, religious, and cultural significance to the Tribe.”
The album’s cover art and introductory song feature words from Chief Black Fox of the Dakota Sioux by Sacred Sound. The cover art was created by Andrew Bunyan (a.k.a. Sacred Sound) as a visual prayer for Standing Rock, invoking the spirit of certain archetypes, symbols, and imagery associated with Native American mythology. “We are in solidarity with protecting freshwater ecosystems and the health of our natural places for future generations. We honor Native voices and everyone’s right to clean water. We continue to pray for care of water, land, and all peoples. Standing Rock has become a uniting cause to protect water for our ecosystems, for future generations, and to encourage living in a world where people come before profits. The benefit includes original songs in reverence of protecting our water and unifying as a human Tribe,” states the Aquatic Collective.
The “Standing With the Waters” album features unreleased tracks from over 30 artists, such as bioLuMigen, CharlestheFirst, Dillard, DRRTYWULVZ, Entheo, Erothyme, Halfred Resonant Language, Sacred Sound, Shanti, Somatoast, Stratosphere, Soulacybin, Soulular, Subaqueous, TEMPI, Whitebear, Wu Wei and Dissølv, to name a few. Dissølv’s track “Water Warriors” features vocals from energy medicine Priestess Reina Delear and sonic shamanic Reverend Emmanuel. “Water Warriors” can be streamed on https://soundcloud.com/dissolv.
The “Standing With the Waters” album is available on Bandcamp.
The Standing Rock Medic + Healer Council seeks to coordinate supplies, resources, and volunteers between various medic and wellness clinics at the Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline Opposition camps.