Encuentro Round Dance – Idle No More
In December 2012, flash mob round dances took place in shopping malls, street intersections and public/political spaces across Turtle Island and beyond. These events invited Indigenous and settler participants to move together and create a space for questioning, discomfort and potentially reconciliation.
This year at Encuentro over 300 participants joined hands to share in this powerful urban intervention on unceded Mohawk territory.
Ellen Gabriel opened with a welcoming prayer, and drummers took to the center of the circle, as people moved in unison to the heartbeat of the drums. .After the round dance, participants were invited to witness a public performance by La Pocha Nostra. This event was prepared in a week long workshop called Indigenous Manifesto, which included Idle No More organizers from the northern and southern hemispheres. These coordinated actions made for a powerful week of spiritual activism and creative grassroots resistance!