Tag: kleebenally

it only got up to 23 degrees today

santa-in-tuba-city

santa outside tuba city

 

sheep-1a-in-cow-springs

 

lola

 

 

luci's trailer

Luci’s trailer on Christmas Day

 

It only got up to 23 degrees today.  Not only was it cold, it was windy as shit.  All day.  Cold + windy.  As I was driving from the rez into Flagstaff I was thinking of the effort Klee Benally is making to distribute warm clothing and blankets to indigenous folks staying outside in the winter.  His campaign is called No More Native Deaths (I think.)  As I was driving I remembered seeing the last time I was in town a Diné friend who has fallen on hard times and who is living outside in Flagstaff now.   I wondered if he’s staying at the mission in town.

I made it to Flagstaff and was running errands when I encountered the friend I’d been worrying about.  He was dressed in many layers on this cold + windy day when the temperature only got up to 23 degrees.  His speech was slurred and he had a swagger in his step.  I gave him a hug telling him:

“I’d been was just thinking about you in this cold weather as I drove in from the rez.  Are you staying at the mission” I asked.

He confirmed that he’s not staying at the mission.  I told him about Klee’s campaign and that I worried about him living outside now to which he replied:

“5 people have already frozen to death this week.”

He said he wanted help with some food.  My friend with whom I’d just eaten and I had some nice leftovers and shared those. He thanked us, we hugged again and went our separate ways into a wind that cut like a knife.

don’t ski the pee

klee-+-princess-1

klee-+-princess-2

rayann wanland

photo by raeann wanland

 

debbie leavittphoto by debbie leavitt

the arizona snowbowl (the ski resort in flagstaff making snow from reclaimed waste water while desecrating a site considered sacred to 13 local tribes), is expanding.  in 2012 i connected with local artists and activists asking them what they thought of the initial proposal to make snow from waste water.  their responses were written on their faces, photographed and 2 murals were made in downtown flagstaff.  with the news of the recent expansion, i returned to the sagacious words of diné musician, activist and filmmaker, klee benally and his wife, princess – “what we do the mountain, we do to ourselves.” thanks to everybody who stopped by and gave me love today.  it’s always appreciated.

%d bloggers like this: