This special parachute will be a part of the Road for Climate Action trip.
The parachute began it journey at Chief Lookinghorse's World Peace and Prayer Day (a sacred 3 day gathering here in Southern California) in June, 2018, and was then worked on by one other local tribe, the Acjachemen Nation. Also the Southern Cal Indian Center did several sections. It is now at the Las Vegas Indian Center and next goes to the Paiute of Southern Utah in Cedar City. Next is the Denver Indian Center and then on to two Lakota tribes (Oglala and Rosebud). We are reaching out to the Seneca Nation in NY and the final concluding work will be done at a 2 day pow wow in Mass. I don't think there is anything else like it, the only cross county inter-tribal collaborative parachute!
Come August 1st, 2018, Shahir and Athina will take to the road in a low emissions vehicle. Their journey will begin in California, taking them east through the great plains, up to New England, down to Florida, and back over a period of 11 weeks. Along the way they will visit different communities to speak with city councils, community groups, and college campuses on the important issue of climate change and solutions. They will also engage in door-to-door activity and administer a climate survey aimed to assess climate sentiment around the country and how it differs by region. They look forward to publishing their data to help develop effective strategies of climate communication. A pinnacle of their voyage will be a visit to Capitol Hill where they welcome fellow citizens to join them in meeting with members of Congress- A “Day of Congressional Climate Action!”
This is a very special cross-country collaborative, inter-tribal youth project that was initially painted at the conclusion of World Peace and Prayer Day, a special ceremony dedicated to peace and harmony amongst all living beings as well as gathering in prayer for the healing of our Earth. This sacred event was presided over by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, in El Cajon, California on June 21, 2018. Youth of the Acjachemen Nation. and the Southern California Indian Center later added more artwork. The parachute is now being carried across the country by On the Road for Climate Action, a scientist/educator team traveling through over 36 states advocating for climate solutions. Early August the chute will visit the Las Vegas Indian Center followed by the Paiute of Southern Utah in Cedar City. Next to work on the chute will be the Denver Indian Center and then it will make its way to the Oglala and Rosebud Sioux tribes in South Dakota. There may be one or two additional tribal youth groups working it in Chicago and New York. The final concluding work will be done at the Medicine River Pow Wow, Aug 25 and 26 in MA. This is a very special parachute!
Sustainable Actions in this Community
Each tribe will be adding their own messages regarding environmental issues/actions etc... that they would like to convey.