The Oceti Sakowin, a Sioux term meaning the Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation, was an ephemeral gathering that united hundreds of indigenous nations in defense of the right to clean water and the tribal sovereignty of the Standing Rock Sioux. The Seven Council Fires is an ancient legacy, last enacted before the Battle at Little Bighorn, fires that are lit in times of urgent change. Oceti Sakowin was ultimately consumed by fire in a final act of protest by the departing water protectors as they were forced from Standing Rock tribal lands by heavily armed state police, but while this temporary city existed it was defined by a sacred fire at its center, a small Lakota pitfire fed with donated wood that burned continuously for nearly a year.
Paris, LA devoted a special issue to listening to the music of the moment. During our stay in Athens, we will broadcast the Standing Rock Soundtrack, a musical report from Los Angeles, and what we’re listening to in our cars.
Building Fire is made possible through the generous support
of Andreas Melas.
Radio Athènes is supported by Outset. Contemporary Art Fund (Greece)