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Saving the River and the Woods 

Wednesday, Aug 18 2010
An epic battle between the forces of dark and light rages, as a valiant team with superpowers from the beyond continues its stand against a very old and very mighty foe. Supernatural and/or religious-mystery films and books such as Harry Potter and The Da Vinci Code are fiction, but the Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers vs. the Vatican is completely real. The council, which formed in 2004 to help protect land and life around the world from destruction, wrote to the pope the next year requesting “the repeal of papal edicts dating back to 1493, which granted dominion to European nations over lands occupied by tribal peoples.” This we find extremely badass, if the grandmothers will excuse our language. At the Spirit Rising Festival, two of these crime-fighting grandmothers (Grandmother Flordemayo and Grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim) appear to host drumming and dancing, bless sacred altars, and say prayers — strong ones, please — for the Waters.
Sat., Aug. 21, 11 a.m., 2010

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