"I, myself, have a very quick message from the women of indigenous peoples...We are in very, very difficult times, and it becomes an individual kind of thing for people to change their lifestyle for the things going on upon the earth to change. We cannot wait for large amounts of money from huge committees or organizations to make the changes for us."
- Audrey Shenandoah, Onondaga
Day 16 - Saturday, July 8, 1995 - After a night of deep rest, the walkers awoke on the Lower East Side of New York feeling content. They know they have accomplished something worthwhile by returning the House of Mica to re-articulate key understandings about our earth.
After many long hours upon the hot pavement of the metropolis, this was a day for relaxation --a day on the town, more or less.
The Sunbow pilgrims arrived at the New York Baha'i Center on 11th St., about 10 in the morning to meet people from the neighborhood, and to pray. Grandfather Commanda and Ned led a pipe ceremony at the center. The group strolled to Tompkins Square Park, then finally onward to a private garden for a quiet afternoon.
That night Wayquay and her band rocked the Bahai center. The highlight of the concert, for the walkers, was to see and hear her perform her newest song, a creation she entitled Sunbow. The hall was packed, standing room only, with people wanting to hear Wayquay, and to hear about the walk.
|Three Sisters - Supporting the Sunbow 5 pilgrimage in New York City. From the left: Wayquay, Johnnie Leverett, Alvinia Bridges. Author photo, 1995
Copyright 2006 by Steven McFadden
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