Standing Rock intervention of buffalo with some of the performers.
In the process of making this work, water protectors and Native Americans attempting to stop a pipeline from being built on their sacred land, got assistance from a large herd of wild buffalo.
Indigenous culture honors American bison (known as Tatanka Oyate, or Buffalo Nation) as a symbol of sacrifice, as the bison give their lives to provide food, shelter, and clothing through the use of their meat and their hides. Native Americans maintain a spiritual tradition with bison, believing that as long as buffalo — a gift from the Great Spirit — roam free and as long as the herds are bountiful, the sovereignty of indigenous people would remain strong.
This becomes a close kindred ship with otherness, in the ways we sacrifice often our health and our hides and skins to continue creating the work we believe in, with the bodies we are recovering.