Benefit dinner + movie night for Black Mesa families
Sunday, March 11th -- 6:00pm
@ the Max House -- 1314 Ocean St.
$5-10 donation. Dinner will be available.
In recent months, many Dine' elders and families that are resisting relocation at Black Mesa have been targeted by livestock impoundments. Sheep, horses and cattle are the primary means of subsistence for families on the land, so it's a great hardship to have them taken away. In some cases the animals are immediately sold off or slaughtered, and in other cases, families are able to purchase them back.
One small way that we in Santa Cruz can offer support to families facing this harassment is by raising money to help compensate for their losses-- thus, this movie night! The film will be not about the Dine', but depicts the Sami, one of Europe's last indigenous groups, whose struggle for cultural survival as reindeer herders in a land rich in natural resources closely parallels that of the Dine'.
Film: The Kautokeino Rebellion
The Kautokeino Rebellion by Nils Gaup tells the true story of a Sami uprising in Norway during the mid-19th century. It is written, directed, scored, and acted by Sami people speaking their own language. The Sami are the indigenous reindeer-herding people of Scandinavia, Finland, and the Russian Kola Peninsula.
There will also be a brief slideshow about the Sami struggle against the Alta Dam [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alta_controversy
] and present-day Sami resistance to mining and logging operations.
This is a benefit for Dine' (Navajo) families at Black Mesa, AZ who are resisting genocidal relocation policies and coal strip-mining.
For more information: http://blackmesais.org/
"Let the River Live!" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alta_controversy