Eileen Briggs - "We Are Definitely in a Reactionary Mode"

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Feb 14, 2017
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Eileen Briggs - "We Are Definitely in a Reactionary Mode"

Native American Fellow speaks to Austrian radio station about Standing Rock movement and how art can encourage resilience Eileen Briggs spoke to FM4 while she attended The Art of Resilience: Creativity, Courage and Renewal

Salzburg Global Fellow Eileen Briggs has revealed how art and creativity is being used to express opposition to the controversial Dakota oil pipeline.

Briggs, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, spoke to Bethany Bell for FM4 while attending Salzburg Global's session The Art of Resilience: Creativity, Courage and Renewal.

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order for the construction of the Dakota oil pipeline to be completed. 

Protestors from the Standing Rock movement believe the construction of the pipeline will affect the quality of drinking water.

Briggs tells FM4 that she's "fiercely" part of the protection of her water and, "We are definitely in a reactionary mode."

Prayer and songs have been used to express opposition. While being interviewed, Briggs performs a song that talks about walking on Mother Earth in a gentle way.

You can listen to the full interview below.