Women Walk In Prayer

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Hundreds of women walk in silent prayer from Sacred Stone to the barricade on the bridge crossing Cannonball River on Sunday, November 27, 2016.

Six elders stood singing and praying with sage and cedar across barbed wire from armed security.

 

Barbed Wire

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November 26, 2016 – Turtle Island, Standing Rock – Barbed wire was put up at the top of Turtle Island and along the beach, with the camp’s canoes between them.

As per the United States Flag Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, “§ 8(a)The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.”

Global Synchronized Prayer and Meditation with Standing Rock

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Uqualla from the Habasuppai tribe in the Grand Canyon in Arizona, speaks to those gathered across the river from Turtle Island prior to the silent prayer on Saturday, November 26, 2016, as part of a global meditation with people participating in more than 400 locations.

November 26, 2016 – Tara Tippett, 39, offers tobacco to the Cannonball River for “for their healing and ours because they’re intertwined.”

Turtle Island

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Water protectors crossed Cannonball River to sacred burial site, Turtle Island, on Thursday, November 24, 2016.

Water protectors cross self-made bridge to sacred burial site, Turtle Island, on November 24, 2016.

Crossing to Turtle Island on November 24, 2016.

Jumping Mouse, aka Georgie Lilgreen, age 50, of Tlingit descent, drove out from Stanwood, Wash. Jumping Mouse and another water protector pray at the base of Turtle Island on November 24, 2016.

Water protectors sing as armed police encroach around Turtle Island on November 24, 2016.

Praying at the base of Turtle Island on November 24, 2016.

Water protectors sing, “Water heal my body. Water heal my soul. When I go down down to the water, by the water I feel whole,” at the base of Turtle Island on November 24, 2016.

Crossing to Turtle Island

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While many Americans prepared their Thanksgiving dinner, on Thursday, November 24, 2016, water protectors from all over the country and world marched to Cannonball River, where they held prayer, built a bridge, and crossed the river to Turtle Island.

Water protectors sang at the base of sacred burial site Turtle Island, while armed police stood atop it. Prayer was held in peace.

Greg Sealion Cotten, 42, prays on the edge of Cannonball River on November 24, 2016.

Phanie, 26, stands in prayer with sage facing Turtle Island from across Cannonball River on November 24, 2016.

Water protector brings wood for bridge to Turtle Island on November 24, 2016.

Water protectors build bridge to cross Cannonball River to Turtle Island on November 24, 2016.

Water protector holds sign saying “Water is Life,” facing Turtle Island, on November 24, 2016.

 

“Parade” at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts

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Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Fla., put on the musical production “Parade” November 2016. One of my photos was featured on BroadwayWorld.com.

Jacksonville Sea and Sky Spectacular

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Happy Veterans day!! It has been one epic week for the Department of Defense here in Jacksonville, Fla. The Sea and Sky Spectacular took flight last Thursday for the weekend. Midshipmen came to town Saturday from the Naval Academy to beat Notre Dame’s Fightin’ Irish, and beat them they did, 28-27, at the new and improved stadium downtown.

The following photographs are from Sunday’s show over Jacksonville Beach, beginning with the Patriots jump team of Navy SEALS, two holding the flag between them during the national anthem, and ending with the incredibly exact Blue Angels.

The second Tuesday of the month arrived November 8, and Donald Trump won the electoral votes for Florida, and the country, making him the President-elect. He gave a serious heart-felt speech following Hillary Clinton’s call to congratulate him(though she refused to give a concession speech that night despite her many supporters awaiting her all evening) Trump promised to do right for veterans, and his 100-day plan includes increasing support for our military, which, as there are three Naval bases in Jacksonville, Fla., folks around here are glad to hear.

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