All this action was a prayer for the land and people being hurt, killed and displaced by the fire.
Published September 1, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO — The Brazilian Embassy was surrounded with love, prayers, art and songs in the hope that compassion will enter the soul of the politicians in charge. It is hopeful this compassion will drive politicians to save the rainforest and the indigenous people that live in it.
A rally with giant moving puppets, artists painting the street, and Indigenous musicians filling the air with beautiful melodies was organised by many groups and organizations especially Brasil Solidarity Network but was spearheaded by emcee and Earth and water protector María Xiomára Dorsey from Bucaramanga and Barranquilla, Colombia.
María Xiomára Dorsey
Dorsey was backed up by Isabella Zizi (Izzy), Northern Cheyenne, Arikara and Muscogee Creek Nations who attended the White House Tribal Youth gathering during President Obama’s administration. Both young women are members of Idle No More SFBay.
Isabella Zizi (Izzy) and María Xiomára Dorsey
Corrina Gould a Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone woman, born and raised in Oakland, California (or the ancient village of Huichin), gave the opening prayer. She talked about getting the United Nations involved. She wanted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) to help save the Land and the Indigenous People.
Corrina Gould and Patricia St. Onge (Mohawk Nation)
Music was shared by many. A prayerful song/prayer, by Calina Lawrence, Suquamish nation, was shared to strengthen the activist, and for the people in harm’s way because of the fire.
Dave Solnit, mural designer, Chief layout and idea man, giant puppet creator and teacher is busy setting up the puppet with Norm Sands, major worker and photographer.
Let us all pray, for rain (to quench the fire), to save the forest and the people.
Native News Online photographs by Arthur Jacobs.