On September 13th and 14th, 2014, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, thousands of people will converge for a UNITY CONCERT — bringing together Native American tribes and allies of all nations in support of returning the guardianship of the Black Hills to the Great Sioux Nation.
The UNITY CONCERT, is more than just a concert; it is a powerful act of spiritual activism uniting nations to reconnect with the sacredness of nature and honor the Earth so we can sustain our planet for future generations.
Like the transformational marches of the Civil Rights and Anti-Vietnam war era, the UNITY CONCERT is free and open to the public and will weave together music, art, ceremony, and activism in a two-day event to be held at the Elk Creek Lodge and Resort in the heart of the Black Hills.
Orchestrated by a coalition of elders of the Great Sioux Nation (Paha Sapa Unity Alliance) together with various native and non-native allies and environmental, spiritual and social activists, the concert features celebrated Native and Non-Native artists and brings together representatives and spiritual elders from Native American tribes, artists, performers, concerned global citizens, and those on the right side of justice to return the guardianship of the as yet undeveloped parts of the Black Hills to The Great Sioux Nation.
The weekend will begin with a traditional ceremony to wipe away the painful past between the United States and America’s First Nations. Many performers and participants will be making very personal statements of apology and forgiveness with the goal of clearing a way for us to stand united for the care of our Mother Earth, and a shared, peaceful way of life for our grandchildren and the generations to come.
The star-studded roster of deeply dedicated performers spans three generations from the legendary Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary), Arlo Guthrie and Buffy Sainte Marie to new revolutionary artists such as Nahko Bear, and the Earth Guardians – a duo of Aztec brothers, 14 and 11, devoted to protecting Mother Earth and Ta’kaiya Blaney – Sliammon First Nation from B.C. They will be joined by a bevy of Native American artists from tribal nations across the country, including Lakota, Navajo, Cree and Apache.
“Now is the time to gather in the Black Hills and with our music, our words and our passion say, please forgive us for what we have done. We have the opportunity to make this next step and I have the intuitive feeling, being a veteran of successful social change movements over the past half century, that what we’re doing in the Black Hills, with your participation, can precipitate this next leap.” – Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary)
You can join these artists and organizing partners in their campaign to raise $50,000 for the concert production, as well as housing and transportion for Tribal Elders who have waited decades, if not generations, to be present at just such an event. You can donate by visiting our website https://ioby.org/project/unity-concert-2014. For more information on the UNITY CONCERT and the Black Hills Initiative organized by the Paha Sapa Unity Alliance with support from The Center for Sacred Studies and UPLIFT, please visit www.theunityconcert.com