It is with much awe that I announce that today, I will be traveling to the Standing Rock, North Dakota #NoNLP camp. I will accompanied by the International Mayan League, a delegation of Maya Elders from the National Council of Elders in Guatemala, and a documentary film company.This Maya Delegation will be bringing a message of solidarity, hope and prayers from the Maya people, along with a recognition that all indigenous struggles to protect sacred land are connected. I will also be assisting on the documentary film, Red Earth Rising, where we will be shooting final shots of the film as we look forward to a future of worldwide solidarity of Indigenous People.
I have several goals while I am at Standing Rock. I am honored to have the opportunity get to to know Indigenous People from around the world. I will show my solidarity with the indigenous people of this nation and all nations as well as to show my support for the conservation the earth. I’ll be shooting full sphere 360° video, flat video and images, as well as posting to my social media. You can follow me on twitter, facebook, or instagram to follow my journey. I was told by one of my past students from the Institute of American Indian Arts that there maybe a need for a two spirit person for some ceremonies and that I may be called on to participate even as a non-Native person. Of course, I would be dignified to do so. Also, I will spend a lot of my time, acting as cinematographer for the Red Earth Rising documentary, which focuses on Indigenous land rights within the United States.
Red Earth Rising is a feature-length documentary about Manifest Destiny, Westward Expansion and the ongoing effects of colonial history in Indian Country today. A descendant of pioneer settlers seeks a new education on her family land inheritance in Oklahoma. Her journey takes her deep into the heart of former Indian Territory, where she meets Native American activists and artists who feel “homeless in their own homelands” some 150 years after their forced removals. Set against a backdrop of state history celebrations commemorating 100 years of pioneer settlement and land conquest, the oral histories of Native Americans teach us the other side of the story: the present-day legacies of broken treaties, land loss, and environmental destruction that has resulted from a century of “American Progress.” Bringing to life Native histories through animated paintings and oral tradition, this film takes us into our nation’s not-so-distant past, and shows us how all of our histories are deeply connected. You can follow Red Earth Rising on Facebook.
To help support this cause, here is a list of things you can do.
Sign the Petition
Call North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple at 701-328-2200.
Donate items from the Sacred Stone Camp Supply List: http://sacredstonecamp.org/supply-list/
Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp gofundme account: https://www.gofundme.com/sacredstonecamp
Ethan Bach is an artist living and working in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Denver, Colorado. He is the CEO of Alt Ethos Ltd, Founder of Denver Arts + Technology Advancement, a Consultant at BETA arts LLC, and artist. Ethan Bach has won awards from the Santa Fe Arts Commission, New Mexico Film Visions, and New Mexico Art in Public Spaces. He has sat on numerous art and film juries and is the producer of MORPHOS digital dome artist in residence. Dedicated to community development, Bach is currently in the process of designing an emerging art and technology community center in Denver. Bach is also a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor.