“Tears of the Grandfathers” by Leni Wiener
This is one in a series of posts featuring an artist whose work is included in the Threads of Resistance exhibition.
Sustained for generations by clear waters and abundant resources, the Lakota and their neighboring tribes lived in respect of the land. Now the Dakota Access Pipeline endangers these crystal waters and the lives of the Standing Rock Lakota; in the path of potential destruction also lie their ancient burial grounds, compromising not just their future, but the preservation of their past.
After so many broken promises and broken treaties many have raised their voices this time in protest, to protect and preserve that which sustains us all. And yet the pipeline, in the guise of progress, threatens everyone in its path. Perhaps it will never leak, perhaps it will. Who can know?
This is not about jobs, it is not about profits; it is about the right to stand up and say no; no to intimidation, no to environmental contamination, no to the loss of self-determination and yes to freedom of choice. Oil in the pipe will flow like the tears of the grandfathers. Mni Wiconi. Water is life.
Hear a message from Leni about her piece below: