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The Month of May

May 21, 2018

May was an interesting month for the project. Miranda and I keep chipping away at finding the heart of the story and a rhythm has indeed presented itself. We have been diving very deep in to people's stories, a process which is becoming more a meditation on human experience rather than human condition. It has been a very slow process yet now through sixteen months of immersion in this topic and meeting the people we have met, I can say we have found the through lines and contrast needed to express this story in an impactful viewing experience. I spent 8 days in the Nevada desert with members of the Western Shoshone Nation and others. On a material note I realized I need a solar kit to charge camera batteries and power card readers and hard drives. We woke as a group before sunrise each day and brought in the sun with Johnny Bobb drumming and singing. Johnny Bobb is the chief of the Western Shoshone and the spiritual elder. We collectively walked the 152 miles From Tonopah NV to Mercury NV over the 8 days, stopping at Yucca Mountain for 2 days to climb the mountain and perform a ceremony at the top. This was the same day that the House of Representatives voted to move forward with the Yucca Mountain plan, which is to store the nations radioactive waste there. The plan entails 1 train load of radioactive waste per month for fifty years to be moved from 122 locations around the US to the permanent storage facility in Nevada. The trains would pass through populated areas such as Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston among several others. Being at the top of this mountain and listening to Johnny Bobb sing in his traditional Shoshone language as we looked out over the hundreds of square miles all the way to the snow capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada in California, risking arrest by either the army MPs or the DoE security guards was a humbling experience. One man with one solitary voice singing in prayer to heal the land, which was once his ancestors homeland, in the face of such large circumstances was really a treat to get on camera. It reminds me of the words of our collaborator in Mexico, Guyci Denisse, "All of these things make us fear and confront each other, which go against our happiness, have been created by man himself" We have created this material which threatens our existence, then spend immeasurable resources to find a solution to it's problem. While on the trip to the desert I stopped by the Navajo area and met with Lisa, our young friend and collaborator there. This meeting was monumental and I am excited to bring the specifics of her contribution to you over time. Lisa is an extremely gifted and thoughtful youth who is devoted to her family and community in very wonderful ways. This summer we will be staying put on the east coast and interviewing representatives from other countries as well as attending the UNGA this September here in NYC. Photos of our journeys can be seen on our instagram and Facebook pages. I would like to wish luck to our friends in Seoul and Singapore during their involvement with the summit this week. Thank you so much for your time with us and your service to humanity, it has been incredible meeting you and seeing you work. Wishing you a happy and peaceful Sunday.

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