October 25th, 2016 Last Updated on: December 28th, 2016
Talk about an amazing birth story!
In an exclusive interview with the people behind the End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock documentary, Zintkala Mahpiya Wi Blackowl talks about the birth of her baby at one of the water protector camps in North Dakota.
“Babyna blessed the grounds and her relatives….born before dawn in her Ina's arms and warm teepee along the banks of the Cannon Ball River where our Lakota Dakota people have gathered power since the beginning of our time. Mni Wiconi perfect health and balance. Wopida for the prayers, support family.”- Zintkala Mahpiya Wi Blackowl
In an interview with Indian Country Today, Blackowl first came to the Sacred Stone Camp from Oregon with a group of women and children back in August. While walking around camp, she had noticed that there was a designated space for men, but not for the women. She felt a strong desire to get a space set up so she created a GoFundMe page so she could come back with a tipi, supplies and make sure the camp had a space for the women.
Here's a description from the GoFundMe page she set up:
Please help us continue to support the creating of a place in camp for our Winyan Nation to hold space for each others healing and wellness. A space for sharing and connecting And strengthening ourselves and our roles. This has been a returning trip to camp, when we left it was with heavy heart and spirit…we as Lakota Winyan and people have come so far through so much destruction of our homes and way of life we stand at a cross road and a time of healing and look out at the distance we still have yet to go together. Winyans we are the backbone of our strong Indigenous peoples!
To find out more on how you can donate to the cause, visit https://www.gofundme.com/2mxpggc
Congratulations and many blessing to this family and the camp!
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