Saturday, November 28, 2015

The spiritual healing run about Sand Creek is now going on; watch the PBS documentary


 At the University of Denver gathering about Sand Creek and violence against indigenous women in early November, Mariel Rodriguez-McGill and Julie Speer, the filmmakers,  discussed their documentary about the Massacre.  They interviewed many descendants, including Gail Ridgely,  Kaden Walksnice, Karen Little Coyote, Brent Learned and George Levi,  and the film relies on their words - and the words of David Halaas, a consultant to the tribes, and Craig Moore of the National Park Service whom they know well and trust. There is no narrator...

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      The documentary- watch here - is 50 minutes long (twice the length of the usual programs in the series because they felt that this story should be told in depth).

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     The Cheyenne and Arapaho healing run from Eads to the State Capitol is now underway.  Sunday it will go from the Riverside Church where Silas Soule (at 7, leaving at 8 am) is buried to the Capitol at 11am.  Here is the schedule:


The 17th Annual Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run/Walk


Healing Run
The 17th Annual Spiritual Healing Run will be held from Thursday, November 26th through Sunday, November 29th, the anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre.  The healing run was started in 1999 by the late Lee Lone Bear, when President Clinton signed the law establishing the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site. “The main purpose is healing…dealing with the trauma today, and also to honor and never forget what our ancestors went through,” said Vanessa Braided Hair in an interview with Mike Sandrock for the Daily Camera. The run begins at the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site near Eads, CO and continues nearly 175 miles along the route Colonel Chivington and his men took back to Denver, ending at the west side Colorado State Capitol, where Governor HIckenlooper will speak. According to Otto Braided Hair the run is meant to “clean the area, the path all the way to Denver, to help if any spirit is along the way.” The Remember Sand Creek Initiative also seeks to honor the victims of the massacre by creating a memorial to the Sand Creek Massacre on the capitol grounds at the end of the Spiritual Healing Run. See the itinerary for the Spiritual Healing Run below:
Healing run


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