Dan Bacher: Winnemem Wintu Tribe closes river for war dance
Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012
"Winnemem Wintu Tribe members joined with members of other Indian Tribes and environmental activists in multi-colored kayaks and rafts to place a banner over the McCloud River on Lake Shasta proclaiming “River Closed" on Saturday, May 26.
The direct action took place in conjunction with the Tribe’s four-day War Dance (H’up Chonas in the Winnemem language) held from May 24 to May 27 at the site where they have held their Coming of Age ceremonies for thousands of years.
The War Dance signified the tribe’s spiritual commitment to defend at all costs the ceremony from heckling, flashing and other disruptions by recreational boaters that have occurred in previous years."
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Winnemem Wintu Tribe closes McCloud River During War Dance
(California Progress Report 5/30)
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