Chi Gong &Tai Ji
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MON–THURS 10-11:15 am Studio 111 in the Tannery
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Louden Nelson Community Center Linda Gerson is a certified Tai Ji instructor & has been practicing since 1992.
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NEWS STANDING THEIR GROUND <11 kind of hope for positive change?” They aren’t taking just action to protect Native American interests, Thunderhawk adds, but also the millions of other Americans who live downstream on the Missouri and would be affected by an accident along the oil line. Camp security guard Hunter Short Bear, a Lakota from the Spirit Lake Nation, spent Thanksgiving Day responding to rumors of a camp raid and dealing with the constant stream of cars clogging the entrance station. “Today is supposed to be about giving thanks and coming together with family,” he says, gesturing at the dusty prairie bustling with activity. Supporters from around the world are bundled against the bitter wind, carrying lumber, pounding nails, hauling water and splitting wood. “Well, here we are. We’re all family now.” Many people at the camp ignored the official government holiday completely. “There’s no vacations in camp,” says Everett Bowman, who is part Diné and part Paiute and calls the Owens Valley home. “We’re always working.” The work may be far from over. Over the weekend, the Army Corps of Engineers declared it would arrest all remaining protesters on Monday, Dec. 5 for “trespassing”— an announcement that only
strengthened the resolve of those fighting the DAPL. The corps has backed off those words, but the North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has since demanded the “mandatory evacuation” of the land, citing safety concerns as winter storms roll in, even though 13 construction crews are working six days a week to winterize their shelters and kitchens. BeaVi McCovey has been fasting on this day for more than 50 years. She travelled here from the Yurok Reservation in Northern California and plans to stay through the winter. “My great-grandmother told me that the first mistake our people made in contact with white people was to feed them. She said if we’d just let them starve, we could have come back a year later and they all would have been dead,” she says. “We would still have our land and our way of life.” When she was growing up, McCovey says her mother thought Thanksgiving was a day to feed folks who didn’t have money or a place to go, and a big crowd every year gathered at her house. But McCovey, inspired by her great-grandmother, fasted each Thanksgiving since she was 9 years old. “In my tradition, we fast as a way of getting closer to spirit and honoring our ancestors,” she explains. “I thought they would look down on what I was doing and regard my efforts and sacrifice in a good light.”
This year, though, she broke her fast. “I worked so hard with everyone, preparing the meal, I called it the harvest feast,” McCovey says. “It was such a communal effort. And then all these different natives sat down together and we shared what we had. It felt so great to be in a community of people that are gathered in prayer and ceremony.” McCovey, who participated with the American Indian Movement and occupations decades ago, pauses to reflect on the changes that have happened since. “We were more militant then, it seemed like a fight to the death. It feels so much more peaceful here. Maybe it’s because there’s no drugs or alcohol here, maybe I’m just older now.” She stops and squints into the smoky campfire. “The resistance here is so powerful because it’s a spiritual resistance,” she says finally. “We all have different beliefs, but we’re all here in prayer.” Those joined in prayer represent the largest and most diverse gathering of indigenous people on the continent, maybe on the planet. “A month ago, three quarters of the registered tribes were present here, and today there’s even more,” says Farron King, a 28-year-old Cheyenne-River Blackfoot. “I was just kickin’ it with some Pawnee and some Crow; traditionally our people were enemies. So thank you >16
NEWS BRIEFS ALL A BOARD It’s a good time to have a motorized skateboard company in Santa Cruz—the hard work of two innovative startups is paying off as they start getting a little love nationwide. Inboard, the only skate company of its kind with motors built into the wheels, will be appearing on ABC’s “Shark Tank” at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2. The platform provides an opportunity for CEO Ryan Evans and his team to show off their M1, which has speeds of up to 20 mph and a range of 10 miles between
charges. That is, unless Mark Cuban or one of the show’s other panelists goes into asshole mode, ripping the team a new one for absolutely no reason. But it’s hard to imagine anyone doing that over a sleekly designed longboard that has a remote control, the capability to maneuver the ride from a phone application and the ability to coast when the skater runs low on battery power or simply feels like getting a workout. Also, Inboard posted an image on its website of venture
capitalist and “Shark Tank” regular Kevin O’Leary testing out the board, and he looks to be handling it OK. The basic gist of the show is to convince a filthyrich entrepreneur to fork over a sliver of his or her fortune without giving up too large of a stake in your brilliant idea. The market for such rides among extreme-sports enthusiasts could soon snowball, as shoppers look for an alternative to those trendy hoverboards that have been recalled for being more dangerously flammable than a
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 doused in gasoline. Not to be outdone, the more rugged Onewheel, which was inspired by the feeling of snowboarding on powder, got called the “the futuristic toy we hoped for” by the Wall Street Journal. “What is this unicycleskateboard hybrid that appears to have been engineered by hackers on mushrooms at Burning Man?” the paper asks. It’s called Onewheel, guys. And it’s from Santa Cruz. JACOB PIERCE
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