Dispatch #5 from the Wastelands Folk Opera tour: Straits of Mackinac

by: Gus Ganley
contact: augustinganley@gmail.com
23:29 Aug 19 2017 Straits of Mackinac, Michigan

Dispatch #5 from the Wastelands Folk Opera tour: Straits of Mackinac
Why should we work towards a Great Lakes Commons and how ?

Dispatch from the Wastelands 5: Straits of Mackinac from Children of the Wild on Vimeo.

A five-mile bridge connects Michigan's Upper Peninsula to the mainland: the Straits of Mackinac are a point of suspension between Lakes Huron and Michigan. McGulpin Point Lighthouse -- occupied Odawa land -- sheds light on the history of the Anishinaabeg migration to Michigan and on barge traffic carrying goods from Chicago.

Children of the Wild performs on the front steps of McGulpin's neighbor -- an Enbridge pump station for the Line 5 oil pipeline. Over sixty-four years old and poised to burst, this deadly line undercuts the Straits and carries the message of death for all whom the migratory channel reaches.

Our prayerful song to the waters suspends the course of oil but for a moment.

"We all carry inside us the seeds of our destruction.
We also carry the seeds of our redemption."

by Frank Ettawageshik

Frank is an "elder-in-training" from Habor Springs, MI. Among his other titles are "Recovering" Tribal Chairman of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and current Executive Director of the United Tribes of Michigan. He also serves on the leadership team of Great Lakes Commons.

Frank embodies the experience necessary to govern wisely on the Great Lakes. As a storyteller, Frank believes that Indigenous peoples need to root themselves in their own traditions in order to prepare for an uncertain future.
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