AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock


Mni Wiconi (Water is Life)

The film begins with a Native American prophesy of the “black snake.” It was said that the youth would rise, and the mothers would stand behind the youth, and the warriors would stand in the background in the fight against the black snake. The documentary draws connections between the oil pipelines being the black snakes, and the youth and women leading the movements against them. This is the 7th generation, and it is our responsibility, and destiny, to fight the black snake.

Water Protectors

While the media called them protesters, the people who came to the Standing Rock camp last year called themselves “water protectors.” People came from all over the nation, and all over the world, forming an international indigenous movement of resistance to colonial forces of environmental destruction and violence toward the people who called that place home.

Oceti Sakowin

One man comments that “reservations were concentration camps 100 years ago. We’re still just trying to heal.”

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