On August 12, the Black Mesa Water Coalition (BMWC) met with members of CBE to present their quilt square for the Summer of Our Power relay.
Black Mesa Water Coalition Quilt Square
Here are some moments from the event:
“Reps from CBE’s Youth Action Club crew drove all night from L.A. to drop off quilt squares to BMWC’s office. The Summer of Our Power Quilt Relay continues as we take the squares to SWOP In Albuquerque!”
-via BMWC on Facebook, August 12, 2015
BMWC is an organization led by Indigenous people who aim to preserve and protect Mother Earth and Indigenous People’s culture, build sustainable and healthy communities, and empower young people along the way.
Here’s a glimpse of what BMWC was up to this summer via social media:
“2015 4TH ANNUAL WOOL BUY! STARTS TOMORROW IN NEW MEXICO AND ENDS IN ARIZONA!”
-via BMWC on Facebook, June 10, 2015
“Today’s wool buy in Shiprock and Crownpoint was a success. There were some minor set backs but we do appreciate the your patience. Tomorrow, June 12th we will be set up in Tsaile on Diné College Campus starting at 9am to 4pm.
Also, there are 6 beautiful natural colored rugs available for sale. Inbox for more info. Rugs are Woven with local wool and by local weavers. All proceeds will be used to continue the support for Navajo wool producers and Artist.
Thank you all for your support. Please share and spread the word. Ahe’hee”
-via BMWC on Facebook, June 11, 2015
“Pinon wool today!”
-via BMWC on Facebook, June 13, 2015
“Almost filled the 3rd truck! Was a great day in Tuba City… last wool buy will be tomorrow. Dilkon in the morning and Sanders in the afternoon. ..”
-via BMWC on Facebook, June 15, 2015
“Our 4th Annual Wool & Mohair Buy was a success! Ahe’hee’ for everyone who helped, participated, and supported! While we still need to tally up official numbers, we filled nearly four semi trucks with Navajo wool this past week!!! Pinon, Kaibeto, Tuba City, and Dilkon were the superstars, providing the vast majority of wool. Here are some important observations:
1) The vast majority of wool comes from the western side of the rez. Why is this? We thought of two potential reasons and appreciate your feedback. First, maybe it’s easier for wool producers on the eastern side to utilize existing wool markets in Gallup and Farmington? Second, maybe there just aren’t larger herds on the eastern side?
2) We come across this problem every year – churro wool is harder to sell to mainstream wool markets. It sucks when we have to turn away churro wool. But for the second year, BMWC has bought some churro wool which it will process and use to research where and how churro wool can be marketed.
Check out our article in this week’s Navajo Times and again, ahe’hee’!”
-via BWMC on Facebook, June 18, 2015
“A beautiful view of our Food Sovereignty pilot project, while we were collecting plants for wool dying.”
-via BMWC on Facebook, June 24, 2015
“Our Flagstaff office crew headed out to our Pinon office yesterday to help sort and bag the wool we purchased from last week’s Wool Buy. Our next step is to get it processed and experiment with creating different products. Our mission: what do we do with churro wool?”
-via BMWC on Facebook, June 25, 2015
“Our weaving workshop starts on Monday! Join us for a whole lot of learning, fun, and your very own artwork to take home — register today!”
-via BMWC on Facebook, July 3, 2015
“They learned from us — so can you or your young one. The weaving workshop in Pinon starts today!”
-via BMWC on Facebook, July 6, 2015
“Youth getting to work on the restorative economy last week: Spring restoration, field maintenance, rock work, water catchment, and GPS mapping training!”
-via BMWC on Facebook, July 13, 2015
“2015 BMWC Weaving Workshop”
-via BMWC on Facebook, July 24, 2015
“Support Local Wool Producer and Weavers”
-via BMWC on Facebook, August 5, 2015
“Live Stream with Youth from different parts of the world. Summer of Our Power, New York City Climate Justice Youth Summit invited a Youth from BMWC to talk about our work on Black Mesa. Lanshawn Begay did a great job sharing his experience working in our community, stating that “Connecting with the land and working with other youth has taught me a lot about my community and the work that needs to continue.”
Very proud of all our youth and the hard work they do. You inspire young people from all parts of the world. Keep up the Good Work”
-via BMWC on Facebook, August 6, 2015
“Facebook sign-up is not registration! Register here: http://azcaa.org/power-pipelines-and-poverty-poverty-justice-workshop/
Hosted in partnership with Arizona Community Action Association
This workshop is made especially for non-natives connected to the Navajo Nation through energy and water systems, but unfamiliar with Navajo issues. Description:
The Navajo Nation has been a sacrifice zone bearing the impacts of the water use, electricity generation, and mining that have built and sustained desert metropolises and consumption for a century. The narratives given about these developments claim mutual benefit, promising jobs and royalties for Navajos, yet a visit to the reservation reveals a completely different reality in their wake. The Navajo Nation’s unemployment rate hovers around 54% and the population’s average income is $7,500/year. While utility lines run right overhead, 15,000 Navajo households live without electricity. We are left with a broken economy that pollutes air and land, contaminates and depletes water, and distracts from our traditional teachings, resulting in health ailments and social problems in our communities.
Join us in this 2-hour workshop for an introduction to the ways that you are connected to the Navajo Nation by pipeline, transmission line, and economic and political forces. Most importantly, come to envision the solutions of a just transition. The patterns of impacts we see now, if left uninterrupted, will only deepen and widen with climate change, increasingly depleted lands, and growing populations, and it will become all the more clear how interconnected we are. We will discuss how to shape a future of self-determination for the communities upstream and yours.”
-via BMWC on Facebook, August 11, 2015
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