HANDS ACROSS THE BORDER
Standing in Solidarity with the Blackfoot Confederacy
A New Old Time Chautauqua Project
On June 13, thirty people will leave Port Townsend, WA and travel to the Blackfeet Nation in Browning, Montana and to the Piikani Nation in Brocket, Alberta, Canada. For two weeks, we will collaborate with the Blackfoot Confederacy focusing on information so often left out of the popular narrative.
Forums and talks given by members of the Blackfeet communities will include the Doctrine of Discovery, border and treaty issues, inter-generational trauma, and other subjects that are informative and important to the Nations. Chautauqua will add circus skills, dance, music, clowning, and arts and crafts workshops. There will be talent shows and parades that feature Chautauqua’s band (the Fighting Instruments of Karma Marching Band/Orchestra) joined by the local high school bands.
Together we’ve designed a wonderful ten-day program that will take place in both, Browning, MT and Brocket, Alberta. Tribal members and Chautauqua, traveling between the United States and Canada, will serve as a bridge for reconciliation, friendship, and of course, fun and laughter.
Lectures, Forums and Interviews will be professionally documented during Hands Across the Border. Upon return this material will be presented to the public. Spreading information concerning issues from an Indigenous viewpoint is paramount.
Hands Across the Border is not asking for money, food or goods from the Tribal Nations who are already providing extensive support in other ways. Any contribution that you can make would be welcome.
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* The New Old Time Chautauqua is a 501c.3 non profit Organization. Financial support is tax-deductible.