STANDING ROCK – Artist-led projects backing the pipeline protest include Masonite-and-mirror shields and a “migration.”
The nearly eight-month-long gathering of Native people and non-Native supporters against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which crosses the Missouri River and traditionally-tribal lands in North Dakota, has drawn support from the artist community, in forms both familiar (posters, banners) and not-so-familiar.
Among the more innovative artist-led projects include a video explaining how to make mirrored shields to protect the “water protectors” and their allies, and a “migration” of supporters to the protest camps.
Hyperallergic reports on a number of artists and projects connected to the protest, among them “Give Thanks: A Conscious Migration to Standing Rock,” a call for Native and non-Native supporters, including artists, to come to the protest camps. The invitation was first issued on November 18.
The Protectors’ Alliance, an organization that supports peaceful direct action on environmental and social-justice issues, provides advice for people intending to join the “migration.” The group offers suggestions for respecting Native experiences and viewpoints while residing in the camps, including a reminder that the Thanksgiving holiday is a Day of Mourning for many Native Americans.
The Hyperallergic article also focuses on the work of a leading Native anti-DAPL artist, Cannupa Hanska Luger, who has posted a video [see below] explaining how to make a mirrored shield—a Masonite board covered on one side with mirror film—that protestors can use to protect themselves from water cannons, concussion grenades, and rubber bullets, which police have used against them.
Hyperallergic calls the shield “poetic armor, forcing the aggressor—in this case the armed DAPL security—to look at themselves as they attack men, women, and children who are defending water.”
In the video, Luger asks viewers to make shields and send them to the protest camps, providing addresses.