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An Evening of Poetry and Music in Support of the Water Protectors at Standing Rock on Thu Nov 10th 2016 at 7:30pm

Tickets: $10

Featuring Poet

Tracey Schmidt

performing works by Rumi, Hafiz, along with her own original poetry

With Music By
Bob Hinkle
Michael Ivey 
Denton Bragg
Phil Ludwig

Dakota Brown 

will speak about her first-hand experiences at  Standing Rock.   There will be a time for Questions and Answers.


There will be a slide presentation of images  from Tracey Schmidt's Native American museum exhibit, The Awakening of Turtle Island.   

The Awakening of Turtle Island. is an award-winning touring exhibition created and designed by photographer Tracey Schmidt. Based on interviews and photographs of native American people, The Awakening of Turtle Island: Portraits of Native Americans has toured museums and cultural centers since its' premiere in Atlanta in 1996.

Seeking to create an intimate glimpse into native people's lives, this exhibit explores the beauty, sacredness, and spiritual re-awakening of people struggling to revitalize and preserve their important and immense gifts.
The impetus for the Awakening of Turtle Island is based on the observation that there is in America today a growing awareness both of our delicate relationship with the environment and of the original Native Americans who viewed themselves as an integral part of nature and as its stewards.

CLICK HERE to learn more about this exhibit


A portion of proceeds from this event 
will be donated to the 
Standing Rock Water Protectors

Donations will be sent to Rosetta Braun, 
of Rosetta's Kitchen in Asheville who is 
presently in Standing Rock assisting with 
feeding the Water Protectors.

The Standing Rock Indian Reservation is a Hunkpapa Lakota and Yanktonai Dakota Indian reservation in North Dakota and South Dakota in the United States.    Together with the Hunkpapa and Blackfeet bands, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is part of the Great Sioux Nation.

On April 1, 2016, an elder member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and her grandchildren established the Sacred Stone Camp to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, which directly threatens the only water supply for the Standing Rock Reservation. Founded by LaDonna Bravebull Allard, the camp is on her private land, and is a center for cultural preservation and spiritual resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. Protests at the pipeline site in North Dakota began in the spring of 2016 and drew indigenous people from throughout North America as well as many other supporters, creating the largest gathering of Native Tribes in the past 100 years of American History.

Peaceful protests at the pipeline site have continued and drawn indigenous people from throughout North America as well as other supporters. A number of planned arrests occurred when people locked themselves to heavy machinery. On September 3, 2016, the Dakota Access Pipeline brought in a private security firm. The company used bulldozers to dig up part of the pipeline route that was subject to a pending injunction motion; it contained possible Native graves and burial artifacts[citation needed]. The bulldozers arrived within a day from when the tribe filed legal action. When unarmed protesters moved near the bulldozers, the guards used pepper spray and guard dogs to protect the site they were told to guard. At least six protesters were treated for dog bites and an estimated 30 protesters were pepper-sprayed before the security guards and their dogs exited the scene in trucks.


Tracey Schmidt is a working poet and a photographer. Her first book of poetry, I Have Fallen in Love with the World, (Turtle Dove Publications) was the focus of a recent 6-week, coast to coast poetry/music tour. 

She performed the work of Hafiz, Antonio Machado, Mary Oliver and her own work, all by memory. Her poetry has been published in Field of Dreams Poetry Anthology, Western NC Woman, Mountain Express, Sheville, Sunburst Anthology of Women Writers, SOL Poetry Anthology, and numerous other publications. 

Schmidt’s photographic -based multi-media installation The Awakening of Turtle Island: Portraits of Native Americans won the coveted Regional Designation Award in the Humanities with the Cultural Olympiad during the Olympics in Atlanta, 1996. This museum exhibit about native people has gone on to tour 18 museums in the southeast, and includes a holographic-style video projection of a Cherokee elder.

CLICK HERE to visit Tracey's website.