Dusting off the blog to share this video. A group of Norse heathens including religious leaders and scholars came together to make a statement in support of water protectors at Standing Rock, drawing parallels between the Dakota Pipeline and the story of the Eddic poem Gróttasöngr. In the poem, King Fróði maintains a period of peace and abundance through the work of the giantesses Fenja and Menja, but rather than maintain a fair relationship and equilibrium he abuses them in attempt to claim more power and wealth. As a result, they turn on Fróði and spá his downfall (it is implied that they are both predicting and influencing his future; see The Norns in Old Norse Mythology by Karen Bek-Pederson for more on this topic).

Here, the greed of Fróði is compared with Dakota Access — the danger due to the pipeline’s proximity to important water sources, the bulldozing of burial sites, the brutal mistreatment of protesters, etc, not to mention the further contribution to a culture of reliance on fossil fuels.

Donations can be made at http://standwithstandingrock.net/donate/ or by check made out to:

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
#1 N. Standing Rock Avenue
Fort Yates, ND 58538

Here are more suggestions for how to help.

See also this message from Lakota Chief Arvol Looking Horse.

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