MayDay History – May 13, 2012
Our daily dependence on energy from fossil fuels is plugged into environmental peril, systems of human violence, and immense economic exploitation.
What human energies are driving such madness? And what is the human energy of change?
While considering the gifts of renewable energies of Sun, Wind, and Water, it is important to remember our Human Energy as a renewable resource that is present for us at each moment.
Yes, each moment. Now! This year we celebrate the local and international groundswell of people turning away from entanglement with exploitive systems towards healthy communities with sustain- able visions of the future.
There is no one right way to do this—transition involves difficult and honest discussions, inner soulful wrestling, outward action, many ideas and many hands, and ultimately the unleashing of much joy and abiding love.
2012 MayDay Parade Sections
Scene 1: Consider This
Staff Artists: Cece Bellamy, Willow Cordes-Eklund, Bill Osbrisch, Emily May Taylor
We are entangled in a vast network of manufacturing and consumption that provides convenience at the cost of depleting our limited fossil fuels resources.
A long Pipeline and shrouded figures using modern technologies symbolize our dependence on these resources.
Energy Gremlins make sure everyone stays plugged in, as the Wounded Earth suffers.
Cranes dance behind, mourning and absorbing the grief of the Wounded Earth.
Scene 2: Break the Spell
Gustavo Boada, Bart Buch, Munir Kahar, Tina Nemetz
Break the spell that divides us from each other. As humans, we live very separate, isolated lives.
Whirling Deer Hearts urge us to awaken and open our hearts, while keeping rooted to the earth.
Deer Spirits urge us to love and give unconditionally. Sacred Spirit Shirts honor those who have passed from this earth. Earth’s Heart sleeps, worn down by the drudge or our daily life.
The Goddess of Compassion reminds us that genuine compassion is the source of change– let your heart open to embrace change.
Scene 3: Make Do
Angie Courchaine, Madeline Helling, Soozin Hirschmugl, Lindsay McCaw, Dee Henry Williams
A celebration of the work being done to change our communities. Change requires a combination of old and new ideas, and reaching out to neighbors.
Sweepers reclaim the streets, clearing out the old ways so new ones can enter.
Beavers with tools are resourceful and Sloths on Bicycles remind us to slow down and enjoy the little things in life.
Human Libraries honor the wisdom of our elders and the knowledge held in our communities.
The Town Square and Maypoles offer a place for dancing and meeting our neighbors. Clotheslines remind us of ways to cut down on energy use.
The Amen Corner encourages people to speak their minds and share their ideas.
Scene 4: Surround of Light
Kevin Long, Blake Love, Monica Rojas, Mark Safford
We are surrounded by light, which embraces us all as we journey around the sun through the seasons.
The Four Horses from the four directions – North, South, East and West – gather to await the message from The Forest.
The 38 trees of The Forest commemorate the 150th anniversary of the hanging of 38 Dakota men in Mankato, MN.
The Sun calls for us to move and grow and seed arks symbolize the new beginnings, while Vegetable Beds and Compost Toilets remind us how we are a part of a larger cycle of life.
Zumba Bees energize and celebrate the changes occurring.
Ouroboros symbolize the eternal cycle of life, death and rebirth and Cation Dragons bring auspicious energy to these new beginnings.
The Tree of Life Ceremony 2012
Steve Ackerman, Louis Alemayehu, Tara Fahey, Greg Herriges,
Lynette La Rue, Jeong Ae Neal, Esther Ouray, Sandy Spieler
Behold the curious wonder of an end, which unleashes a beginning, The wonder of tiny beings having big impact in the world, The wonder of human-powered work, The wonder of common sense, The foreboding wonder of the wounded Mother Earth, The radiant wonder of the medicine of recognizing each other; of coming together O eternal wonder of Prairie, Woods, Sky, and River; the sustaining energy of the Sun, the Tree of Life!