03.20 Native Americans gather in Portland to protest oil sands shipments
- Posted by Trish Weber
Via The Oregonian:
An ancient Native American song emanated Sunday from the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette rivers. Five drummers rhythmically pounded on a ceremonial drum while spectators passed around a seashell filled with smoking prayer leaves. “Ya-hey-ya-hey-ha,” lead drummer James Thinn chanted above the other singers, a traditional warrior’s chant.
The Native American ceremony was an act of protest against the Imperial megaloads and all they represent – scarring of the landscape, the threat of pollution, destruction of salmon-rich rivers and the loss of a way of life. The gathering at Kelley Point Park was the first known organized protest of the megaloads in the Portland area, although protests have raged for months in Montana and Idaho, where tribal leaders held a similar event Sunday. Shayleen Macy, 25, helped organize Sunday’s protest with two fellow Native American activists, Kayla Godowa and Delia Sanchez, 24. They call themselves Indigenous People for Sustainable Lifestyles. Although the trio is based in Eugene, they chose Portland for their protest because of the Columbia’s significance to Native American culture. “It’s ancestral water of all different Chinook tribes,” Macy said. “We want to protect this river and help other people protect their indigenous homelands.
Read the whole article, then watch the video of the traditional tribal drumming and singing. Let’s give a great big AATH-nation shout-out to Delia, Kayla, and Shayleen for doing such a terrific job organizing this event. We’re looking forward to many more similar events in the future. See, this. This is what working together looks like.