Let’s remember around this time last year the momentum building in the DAPL battle beginning April; that resulted in indigenous groups around the world standing shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with Dakota pipeline protesters.
When Native American activists called on the Māori people for support, I felt that deeply.
Every video I watched brought me to tears. https://youtu.be/oCVg3Av6uRQ
The Haka is preformed back home ceremonially, on any occasion; but the Haka for standing rock was different. I had never felt it expressed this way before. Throughout my life the Haka was a story of the past but for standing rock, it was real time, and it was war. It was colonialism unambiguously rearing it’s ugly face straight out of a history book. The push back was exceptionally transformative for native rights, and the intersection of the climate movement within indigenous communities.
“Indigenous cultures hold similar values of kaitiakitanga, whakapapa, wairua and learning lessons from nature and working with it, not against it.” -Haka for Standing Rock Facebook Group