Upcoming Community Events Around Standing Rock and Water Justice

Here are two great opportunities to engage in artmaking and dialogue around Standing Rock and water justice. One event will challenge us to create art, a “Mirror Shield,” for the Water Protectors, the other event will challenge us to be in dialogue about what our religious traditions tell us about the sacredness of water.

On Wednesday, December 7, from 5-8 p.m. All My Relations Gallery, 1414 East Franklin Avenue, will host a Mirror Shield Workshop. This workshop will focus on making art in solidarity with the Water Protectors near Standing Rock. Artist Cannupa Hanska, himself from Standing Rock, will teach people how to make his artistic “mirror shields” which can be used to non-violently show aggressors their own image.

For more on the project, here is an article from The Art Newspaper headlined: Artist creates mirrored shields for Standing Rock protesters. It says:

As protesters and police continue to clash in North Dakota over a $3.7bn oil pipeline, the artist Cannupa Hanska Luger plans this week to distribute mirrored shields he created, to inspire the demonstrators to “hold ground and not panic”. He also hopes that, once the shields are in use, police will see the reflection of their own shared humanity “underneath their uniforms—and realise that they are also on our side”, Luger told The Art Newspaper.

Here is a video (less than 5 minutes) that will introduce you to Cannupa and show you how he makes a mirror shield.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here. Powwow Grounds will provide snacks. Any donations will go to support Standing Rock.

On Thursday, Dec. 8, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the St. Paul Interfaith Network is hosting a Midday Interfaith Dialogue titled: Water Justice: What Do Our Religious & Belief Traditions Require of Us? It will be hosted at Olson Campus Center at Luther Seminary (at the southeast corner of Hendon and Fulham in St. Paul.

Panelists will be: Muhammad Jiwa, Research and Outreach Coordinator, Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, MNIPL Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs, Turtle Clan of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohican Nation, American Indian cultural liaison and  Co-Convener of SPIN’s Healing Minnesota Stories and Birgitte Simpson, Luther Seminary Masters of Divinity Candidate.  Moderated by Katherine Parent, PH.D. student, Lutheran Seminary, Pray and Break Bread and  community artist and activist.

Panelists will share scripture, tradition and sacred text and stories of water justice. Small group conversation and Q & A will follow. Join us for a time of sharing, learning and opportunities for action. We invite you to bring a small container of water from different locations that symbolize the importance of water in your life and religious traditions.

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