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by Carolyn Classen, blogger




“Presented by Red Star International, Inc.

Join us for a screening of the new short film, From the Mountains to the River, followed by a conversation about the health and healing of our rivers.

“Kaua e korero mo te Awa, me korero ki te Awa”
“Do not merely speak of the River, speak instead to the River.”
That is, relate to the River and seek its guidance in all things.

Post-film panelists include:
Vice Chairwoman Wavalene Saunders, Tohono O’odham Nation; Legislative Vice Chairwoman Alberta Ray, Tohono O’odham Nation; Councilwoman Herminia Frias, Pascua Yaqui Tribe; Aleena M. Kawe, President & CEO, Red Star International;
Frank Kawe, Cultural Liaison, Red Star International

Opening prayer by San Xavier District Chairman Austin Nunez, Tohono O’odham Nation

From the Mountains to the Sea: Concerns for the threatened Colorado River Basin drives Indigenous Leaders from Arizona on a remarkable journey to meet the Maori peoples of the Whanganui River. After winning a 175-year battle, the Whanganui River Tribes inspired the world when New Zealand law recognized their river as a living entity. A powerful documentary of two peoples who share one dream to protect their rivers for all of us. An Official Selection of the 46th American Indian Film Festival.  (Dir. by Anna Marbrook, Prod. by Red Star International, Inc. & Anna Marbrook, 2021,12 mins., Not Rated)

Half the proceeds from this event will go to Red Star International, Inc. to support the Whanganui River Delegation visit to the Colorado River Basin in Arizona in February, 2023.  Red Star International, Inc. is an Indigenous-led, Arizona-based non-profit 501c3 organization with an office located in Tauranga, New Zealand.”

From the Mountains to the Sea – The Loft Cinema

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