Do you know the legend
rite of Passage?
His father takes him
into the forest,
blindfolds him an leaves
him alone. He is
required to sit on a
stump the whole night
and not remove the
blindfold until the rays
of the morning sun shine
He cannot cry out for
help to anyone.
he survives the night,
he is a MAN. He cannot
tell the other boys of
this experience, because
each lad must come into
manhood on his own. The
boy is naturally
terrified. He can hear
all kinds of noises.
Wild beasts must surely
be all around him. Maybe
even some human might do
wind blew the grass and
earth, and shook his
stump, but he sat
removing the blindfold.
It would be the only way
he could become a man!
Finally, after a
horrific night the sun
appeared and he removed
was then that he
discovered his father
sitting on the stump
next to him. He had been
at watch the entire
night, protecting his
son from harm.
too, are never alone.
Even when we don't know
it, God is watching over
us, Sitting on the stump
beside us. When trouble
comes, all we have to do
is reach out to Him.
- If you liked
this story, pass
If not, you took
Moral of the
Just because you
can't see God,
doesn't mean He
is not there.
"For we walk by
faith, not by
Dear Friends of Leonard Peltier,
- We are writing to let you know about a new vehicle for awareness and
- activism regarding Leonard Peltierís continued imprisonment. Sun Dance,
- opera composed by Matthew J. Walton, with a libretto by Leonard Walton,
- sets Leonardís story within the historical context of oppression and
- of Native Americans by the US government
- opera challenges audiences to engage with contemporary themes of social
- justice, cultural and national identity, and collective responsibility.
- begins with Leonardís description of life in prison, then flashes back
- through several historical scenes, including the massacre at Wounded
- in 1890 and the Native American occupation of Alcatraz in the 1970s. The
- second act brings the story into the present, through the interactions
- several women at a rally to support Leonard. They struggle with issues
- anger and forgiveness as they flash back to segments of Leonardís trial,
- and reflect on his transformation during his years in prison.
- The opera was written with Leonardís approval and in consultation with
- many of the individuals and primary sources connected to his case. You
- find out more about Sun Dance at www.sundanceopera.com, which contains
- audio excerpts, score excerpts, a synopsis and full libretto,
- materials, performance history, a press kit, and background on the
- matter, and will soon include video excerpts from previous performances.
- Some of you may remember that Sun Dance was premiered in 2005 by the
- Syracuse Society for New Music. At that time there was also a live
- of one of the performances that was broadcast to a global audience.
- then, the composer and librettist have significantly revised the piece,
- based on feedback from audiences, performers, Native American
- organizations and individuals, and people connected with the incidents
- described in the opera. We feel that the revisions have made the opera a
- much stronger work musically and dramatically, and that the piece is now
- more effective in sharing Leonardís story with a wider and more diverse
- We hope that you will go to our website,
www.sundanceopera.com , to learn
- more about the opera. Please feel free to link to our page on your own
- site, and to spread the news to Leonardís supporters through your
- preferred social networking method. If your area has an opera company or
- university with a music program, please consider contacting them and
- suggesting that they program Sun Dance. We would like to emphasize that
- the composer and librettist of this opera do not profit from any
- performances of it, and have created it as a vehicle for continuing to
- spread awareness of Leonardís imprisonment, the situation of political
- prisoners, and the continued oppression of Native communities in the US.
- We welcome comments, questions, and suggestions through our website.
- Matt Walton and Lenny Walton
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