Making Relatives

by Making Relatives in United Kingdom

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On 25th April 2022 we successfully raised £2,267 with 44 supporters in 28 days

This summer we will welcome 21 Indigenous water protectors to Ireland, in solidarity with communities here protecting air, land and water.

by Making Relatives in United Kingdom

Making Relatives

In this time of great humanitarian and environmental crisis, it is right and good that we return to ways of knowing that reconnect us to each other and the land. We need your financial support to create a historic convergence of grassroots indigenous activists, artists and thought leaders from multiple tribal nations on occupied Turtle Island (United States) to Ireland this summer. 

The funds kindly raised here will go towards the transport and hosting costs of the 21 water defenders in a number of towns and cities on the island of Ireland. 

Our main sites of visit will be communities on the frontlines of resisting extractivism - particularly mining, and protecting our air, land and water in Co. Leitrim, the Sperrins, Co. Tyrone and Inishowen, Co. Donegal. We will be undertaking a the ceremonial water walk along the River Foyle and many moments of celebration, exchange and theatre.

We are living through an earth moment of crises - where many ecosystems are on the brink of collapse, with a volatile climate causing extreme weather, far-right extremism on the rise along with social inequality and injustice caused by obscene power imbalances. 

In our search for a way through and the path to a life-sustaining society we need to learn from those who despite it all have retained their connection to land and life and protected their sense of balance with the natural world. 

We have invited almost two dozen activists, artists, singers, educators, and the Ikidowin youth theatre ensemble. Watch: We Do It For The Water

Chas Jewett, a Lakota water protector and organizer who helped defeat the Keystone XL pipeline is helping to organize from their end and will join Ojibwe ceremony leader Sharon Day to walk the River Foyle from source to sea.

The river, like so many others, is under attack from industrial agriculture and threatened by extractivism. The Missouri River in North America is the 7th most polluted waterway already. Lewis GrassRope and his sister Loretta Ryan of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and family of Faith Spotted Eagle of the Yankton Sioux Tribe are invited to share their families’ legacies of protecting Mni Sose in Lakota, the Missouri. They were instrumental in the fights against Keystone and Dakota Access Pipeline, whose permit was just designated illegal. 

Chas Jewett speaks of the importance of the visit:

“Since the encampment against the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016,  Lakota people have been positioned on a world stage to continue the challenging work of reconnecting earth’s people to earth through traditional lifeways. At this time of earth-wide ecological disaster, it is past time for us to re-establish and reconnect with her. It’s time for us to learn from those who are still in connection with those relationships. We want to bring protectors from the Oceti Sakowin, knowledge keepers, ceremony leaders, our youth, brilliant artists to the Sperrins to share modern day resistance/existence strategies and tactics in reality and in spiritual practice.  We intend to share our prayers, our practical experiences, and the ways that we thrive and survive through art, song, laughter and creativity.”

Help us make this knowledge sharing possible. The theatre performance, the ceremony, and stories from frontline activists will be true gifts to the people of the Sperrins, the region and the whole of Ireland. Art helps us survive these dark times when all hope seems lost. Let’s learn from indigenous folks who have kept relationships to each other, the land and the water despite centuries of genocide. 

Follow this page for updates on the journey, and maybe a bunch of you can give us a bit, in the name of of the water you love.

Can we rediscover a more indigenous way of relating to the world around us? Can we unlearn our disconnect and learn to connect anew? 

Thank you for your support and solidarity

Who we are: we are a collective of community groups and activists involved in environmental and social justice work on the island of Ireland. 

Contact: [email protected]

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Rewards

We have a selection of special rewards to show our gratitude for donations to the Crowdfunder.

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'When Prayers Hit' print by Dakota and Dine artist Avis Charley 

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'Earth Writings' and 'Qualities of Water' set of two booklets

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Red willow dream catcher. Bead colors are 4 directions of the medicine wheel with horse hair, 6 inches wide, Buffalo sinew thread used (£60)

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Bead work from Pine Ridge, water colors (WHITE< DARK BLUE< LIGHT BLUE BEADS) buffalo sinew (£50) 

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Handwoven Irish Willow basket by Soheil Roohipour (£150)

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Handwoven tapestry by Irish textile artist Rena Roohipour 'Loinnir', framed.

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Original pastel by Vittorio Cirefice "Soft Rain"

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Bead work Pine Ridge Deer hide butterfly shaped hanging dream catcher and green glass and plastic beads, buffalo sinew (£35)

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"Water protectors from Standing Rock to the Sperrins" Limited Edition handprinted Linocut (a4) by V’cenza Cirefice (£20)

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Water is Life Linocut by V'cenza Cirefice (£20)

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‘Guardian of the Rivers’ by Bernadette Hopkins Print from original oil painting on canvas which is dedicated to Berta Cáceres. Size A3. (£25)

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‘Oh The Water’ by Bernadette Hopkins. Print from original oil painting on canvas which is dedicated to the women of Standing Rock. Size A3. (£25).

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Bead work from Pine Ridge, colors of the medicine wheel beadwork cross necklace. (£47). 

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Bead work Pine Ridge, medicine wheel with Chanupa (pipe) 4 directions medicine wheel symbol pseudo dream catcher with black leather and white heart bead. (£60). 

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Bead work and leather by Pine Ridge bead artist 2 inch beads, 2 inch leather keychain green, orange, yellow, read, and blue beads. (£45). 

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Bead work and leather Pine Ridge keychain 2 inch beads, 2 inch leather purple. (£45).

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Bead work dream catcher unique pattern hanging with feather details, from Pine Ridge, green, orange, and yellow buffalo sinew and glass beads. (£50).

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"River Bathing" prints of watercolour painting by Piera Cirefice (a4) (£20).

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My Homeplace Inheritance, Recipes for life from my Irish country childhood (2020) Signed book by Susan Farrell. (£20). 

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Signed copy of 32 Words for Field by Manchán Magan (£20)

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Signed copy of Thin Places by Kerri ni Dochartaigh (£20)

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December Lakota moon of the longest night (around solstice time) 11 X 17 on archival Kodak photo paper. It’s near Sheep Mountain Table. Taken 1994 and part of the Moons of the Lakota series. (£550).

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Print 8x12 and is a near Wounded Knee, taken at the 100th anniversary in December 1990 of the massacre of the Bigfoot Riders on the annual memorial ride. (£350).

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"Seilkie" Limited Edition hand printed Linocut by V'cenza Cirefice (a5). (£40)

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£15 or more

4 of 10 claimed

"Earth writings" and "Qualities of Water" set

"Earth Writings Bogs, Forests, Fields, Gardens" is an edited volume by Karen Till, following the creative-ecological practices of 4 artists who call attention to the diversity of the ways that human societies are mutually constituted with and through their natural worlds. "Qualities of Water" booklet by Patrick Bresnihan explores photos taken by individuals living in Mayo, Monaghan, and Roscommon, whose work and lives intersect with water.

£20 or more

16 of 20 claimed

From Standing Rock to the Sperrins Linoprint

"Water protectors from Standing Rock to the Sperrins" limited edition hand printed Linocut by V’cenza Cirefice a4

£20 or more

2 of 10 claimed

River Bathing print by Piera Cirefice

"River Bathing" prints of watercolour painting by Piera Cirefice a4

£20 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Water is life Linocut by V'cenza Cirefice

"Water is Life" hand printed linocut by V'cenza Cirefice a5 black and white

£25 or more

1 of 10 claimed

‘Guardian of the Rivers’ Print

‘Guardian of the Rivers’ by Bernadette Hopkins Print from original oil painting on canvas which is dedicated to Berta Cáceres Size A3

£25 or more

0 of 10 claimed

‘Oh The Water’ by Bernadette Hopkins (Print)

‘Oh The Water’ by Bernadette Hopkins Print from original oil painting on canvas which is dedicated to the women of Standing Rock Size A3

£40 or more

5 of 10 claimed

Selkie lino prints by V’cenza Cirefice

"Selkie" hand printed limited edition linocut by V’cenza Cirefice a5 black and white

£45 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Beaded keychain from Pine Ridge

Bead work and leather by Pine Ridge bead artist 2 inch beads, 2 inch leather keychain green, orange, yellow, read, and blue beads.

£45 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Beaded key chain from Pine Ridge

Bead work and leather Pine Ridge keychain 2 inch beads, 2 inch leather purple

£60 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Medicine Wheel beaded dreamcatcher

Bead work Pine Ridge, medicine wheel with Chanupa (pipe) 4 directions medicine wheel symbol pseudo dream catcher with black leather and white heart bead

£60 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Red Willow Dream Catcher

Red willow dream catcher. Bead colors are 4 directions of the medicine wheel with horse hair. 6 inches wide so a larger peace. Buffalo sinew thread used.

£80 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Watercolour and Landart full day workshop

Full day workshop of watercolour tuition outside and land-art workshop (using natural materials to make art installations in the landscape) along the Whitewater River in the Mourne Mountains with artist and art teacher Heather Cirefice. Lunch included. Will take place on a Saturday in August date TBC

£100 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Handwoven tapestry by Rena Roohipour 'Loinnir'

Framed handwoven tapestry by Irish textile artist Rena Roohipour. 15x15 inches. 'Loinnir' is the Irish word for the play of light on water, depicted in this beautiful tapestry. Materials used are wool, silk, cotton and linen.

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Handwoven willow basket

Handwoven Irish Willow basket by Soheil Roohipour

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

"When Prayers Hit" by Avis Charley

Print by Avis Charley. "When Prayers Hit" 45cm x 60cm Avis Charley (Spirit Lake Dakota/Diné) is a mother and an artist. She was born and raised in Los Angeles. Charley is a painter and a ledger artist using colored pencils on antique documents. She enjoys depicting Native empowerment using the female form as her main subject. Charley relishes in bringing attention to and celebrating the evolution of the Native identity.

£350 or more

0 of 1 claimed

"Wounded Knee" print by Bill Groethe

Print 8x12 and is a near Wounded Knee, taken at the 100th anniversary in December 1990 of the massacre of the Bigfoot Riders on the annual memorial ride by Bill Groethe

£450 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Original pastel by Vittorio Cirefice "Soft Rain"

Original pastel by Vittorio Cirefice "Soft Rain" sketched on the spot along the Whitewater river where Vittorio lives and farms in the Mourne Mountains

£550 or more

0 of 1 claimed

"December Lakota Moon" print by Bill Groethe

December Lakota moon of the longest night (around solstice time) 11 X 17 on archival Kodak photo paper. It’s near Sheep Mountain Table. Taken 1994 and part of the Moons of the Lakota series by Bill Groethe

£20 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Signed Copy "32 Words for Field" by Manchán Magan

The richness of a language closely tied to the natural landscape offered our ancestors a more magical way of seeing the world. Before we cast old words aside, let us consider the sublime beauty and profound oddness of the ancient tongue that has been spoken on this island for almost 3,000 years. In Thirty-Two Words for Field, Manchán Magan meditates on these lost Irish words – and the nuances of a way of life that is disappearing with them.

£20 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Signed Copy "Thin Places" by Kerri ni Dochartaigh

In Thin Places, Kerri explores how nature kept her sane and helped her heal, and how we are again allowing our borders to become hard and terror to creep back in. Kerri asks us to reclaim and rejoice in our landscape, and to remember that the land we fight over is much more than lines on a map.

£20 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Signed "My Homeplace Inheritance" by Susan Farrell

My Homeplace Inheritance, Recipes for life from my Irish country childhood (2020) Signed book by Susan Farrell

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Butterfly beaded dreamcatcher

Bead work Pine Ridge Deer hide butterfly shaped hanging dream catcher and green glass and plastic beads, buffalo sinew

£47 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Bead necklace

Bead work from Pine Ridge, colors of the medicine wheel beadwork cross necklace

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Beaded Dreamcatcher

Bead work from Pine Ridge, water colors (WHITE< DARK BLUE< LIGHT BLUE BEADS) buffalo sinew,

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Beaded Dreamcatcher from Pine Ridge

Bead work dream catcher unique pattern hanging with feather details, from Pine Ridge, green, orange, and yellow buffalo sinew and glass beads

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