UPDATE: In honoring the Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's request for people to leave camp, songwriters and recording artists contributing music to the "Swimming In Blackwater" Community Digital Album have indicated their wish to continue the project in support of the Camp Of The Sacred Stones.
STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR
THE CAMP OF THE SACRED STONES
Dear LaDonna Bravebull Allard and Camp of the Sacred Stones,
Inspired by your bravery, resiliency and steadfast determination to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline;
In honor of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, all Tribal Nations, Community Organizations and Peoples of the Earth who stand in solidarity with the nonviolent and sacred movement for indigenous rights and environmental justice initiated at the Camp of the Sacred Stones in April of 2016;
We, songwriters and recording artists, desire to contribute our music in support of the water protectors and the ancestral lands for the people now living and for the generations to come.
May our contributions of music downloads assist in sustaining awareness of your inspirational bravery and nonviolent determination to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. May the funds generated from the sale of music provide support for the water protectors.
Mitakuye oyasin (All my relations)
Songwriters and Recording Artists
Whereas Sparrows Wheel, a Texas limited liability corporation, provides creative solution services for Songwriters, Recording Artists and Community Organizations;
Whereas Sparrows Wheel enables Songwriters and Recording Artists in harmony with the values of a Community Organization’s mission, goals and philosophies to contribute music downloads to Community Organizations for the dual purpose of raising public awareness of and funds for Community Organizations;
Whereas Sparrows Wheel provides a public service to Community Organizations facilitating the sales, marketing and distribution of music downloads enabling the organizations to receive funds from the sales of music contributions it has received;
Whereas many Songwriters, Musicians and Recording Artists have indicated their support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline;
Therefore, Sparrows Wheel has taken initiative to create a Community Digital Album project called “Swimming In Blackwater” to enable Songwriters, Musicians and Recording Artists who stand with the Camp of the Sacred Stones to contribute music downloads and facilitate sales, social music marketing and distribution of music downloads enabling 100% of the funds generated from the project becoming payable to the Camp of the Sacred Stones.
Contributing Recording Artists
Recording Artists contribute music downloads
via our Artist Contribution web page.
About the project
Swimming in Blackwater - a Turtle's song of swimming through oil spilling in the Gulf of Mexico during the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe - features musicians and activists Richard Bowden on fiddle and Barbara K singing the song she wrote with Wolfgang Pracht.
"By giving voice to the Turtle swimming in blackwater, we raise our voices in solidarity with the Protectors of Water, the Protectors of Life and the people standing in solidarity with the people of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe."
~ Barbara K
SIHASIN - Take A Stand
- Jess Klein -
“I started making music so that I could heal myself and learned along the way that by doing so I could help other people heal. My belief in the ability of humans to heal is what keeps me going as an artist and a human being. I am donating a song to the "Swimming in Blackwater" project to stand with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline. My desire is for my music to support the people who contribute to the healing of this world, not to its destruction.
"I also learned recently that the Cherokee Creek Music Festival - a festival where I've performed - is run by the same man who runs Energy Transfer Partners, the company spearheading the Pipeline. I wish to stand in my power as an artist and to reclaim my music for healing. We each have a voice and I want mine to support the Standing Rock Sioux and their work to protect the sacred land and water that is rightly theirs. I encourage other artists to do the same.”