Thursday, November 13, 2008
Winona LaDuke's home burns to the ground
This past weekend, Winona's house had an electrical fire and the house burnt to the ground. No one was hurt. While the house and its contents are gone, the blessing is that all five kids and three grandchildren are safe. I'm writing to you because I know Winona won't ask for help, and I also know she really needs our support.
Winona bought her house about 20 years ago and it was filled with art, books, music, photos and other collectibles that reflected her story and the story of her family.
What will be most missed are these memories, and we can recreate some of them. Photos: One positive thing about being a public figure is that lots of folks have photos of you and your children. We have a good collection at Honor the Earth but I'm asking if you could go through your pictures and send photos you have of the family, especially the kids. Wasey and Ajuwak were born before the digital age so a lot of the photos of them growing up are gone. Photos would mean a lot.
Movement T-shirts and Art: The kids all had an amazing collection ofmovement t-shirts that comprised the bulk of their wardrobe. Winona basically shopped for her kids at the events she attended around the world. If you have any political message shirts or shirts from historic activist events in sizes Small, Large or X-Large, I know the kids would cherish them.
Zapatista shirts are a favorite.
Also gone is Winona's amazing collection ofposters and art from decades past. I know she would appreciate any no-nukes, safe energy, anti-colonial, no-gmo and Native activist art.Books: Winona had a library that fed her mind and soul, and that she often turned to for research material.
If you can send books, fiction andnon-fiction, she can begin her collection again.
Lastly, Winona has a newborn grandson, Little Crow, who along with her twotoddler grandchildren lost all of their clothes and blankets. These are the things -- photos, t-shirts and art, books and baby/toddlerclothing that I think would be most helpful right now, and would touch the family most.
Winona and the kids are renting an apartment in Detroit Lakes and will be staying there over the winter while envisioning building a new home. Right now, the best shipping address is White Earth Land Recovery/Honor the Earth office up in Callaway:
Winona LaDuke White Earth Land Recovery Project
607 Main Avenue
Callaway, MN 56521
I am so appreciative to have all of you to turn to for support. I send warm thoughts and love your way, and deep thanks that we all have such a wonderful circle of family and friends. Faye AgnesFay@aol.com
By firstname.lastname@example.org at November 13, 2008