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The six protagonists are Chan K’in, studying to become possibly the last shaman of the Lacandon Maya, lives amongst Mayan ruins in what was formerly the largest and most biodiverse rainforest in North America, now reduced to an island of green in a sea of cattle ranches; Flori, who after fleeing genocide as a young girl, has returned to her village to organize people against the Canadian gold mine poisoning their children; Felipe, a Guatemalan spiritual guide who is preserving ceremonies of his ancestors to save first himself from drug addiction and then to help the survivors of the genocide close the “circle of pain”; Chepita, on a crusade to save sacred Mayan corn from Monsanto’s genetically manipulated hybrids; Jerónimo, a farmer and a member of the Zapatista peasant movement who declared war on the Mexican state the day the Free Trade (NAFTA) was imposed. And the Mayan astro-archaeologist Alonso, obsessed with time and space in the same way his ancestors were obsessed. Working among the majestic ruins of Palenque, he draws the parallel between the collapse of the classical Maya, the coming end of the “long count” and our impending ecological collapse.
From 5-6pm KidCraft is weaving; from 6-7 pm there is a reception for the ongoing exhibition “Sharing Sacred Ground: Weaving Memory and Change in The Americas”, featuring the “The Latin American Tapestries of Mary K. Merrill”; the photographs “Faces of Traditions: Weaving Elders of the Ande”s by Joe Coca; “Beyond the Stones of Machu Picchu” original drawings by Angel Callanaupa Alvarez, and “Two Grey Hills: Navajo Weavings from the Teller Collection.”
All events for First Friday are free and open to the public. The Mariposa is wheelchair accessible.
In his presentation, Dr. Huberman will speak to one of the most urgent issues of our time. He states, “We know that carbon-based fossil fuels have helped us achieve an unprecedentedly high standard of living, but we also know that the carbon dioxide that's released when we burn fossil fuels is warming our climate, with potentially disastrous consequences. Fortunately, this is a solvable problem. There are pathways by which we can continue to obtain the energy we need while simultaneously protecting our environment.”
During his professional career, Dr. Joel Huberman conducted basic research at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY, on the mechanism and regulation of the process by which cells make new copies of their DNA molecules. After retiring, he and his wife moved to Peterborough, where they now live at RiverMead. There Dr. Huberman attended the Self-Taught University, majoring in climate science and minoring in energy policy. Last fall, he gave a well-attended series of 10 lectures on climate science to his fellow RiverMead residents.
Admission: Adult $6; Senior $5; Child $4, Member FREE. The Mariposa is wheelchair accessible.
Born in Brazil and a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music, Ricardo Frota is a multi-cultural percussionist and violinist with over 30 years experience. He is inspired, not only by indigenous peoples but also by a bird singing, the wind through the leaves, the sounds of a running brook or the crackle of a fire. He is deeply connected with the forest and offers educational and musical experiences for children and adults. The children giggle and call him “the forest man” while adults honor him as a musical healer.
Admission: Adult $15; Member $12; Children FREE. The Mariposa is wheelchair accessible. Family and All Ages.
Poet David Weinstock will read several stories from the book including “The First Hair Cutting” about an Andean child’s coming-of-age ceremony, and “Ice Mountain,” recreating a village’s pilgrimage to its sacred peak. During and between stories, musician Armando Zarazu will perform traditional Peruvian compositions on guitar, mandolin, charango (a small lute) and quena, a wooden flute.
David Weinstock is a poet and writing coach in Middlebury, Vermont. He conducts the Otter Creek Poets workshop, of which Elizabeth VanBuskirk is a longtime member.
Musician, Armando Zarazu performs traditional Peruvian compositions on a variety of instruments. Born in the northern part of the Peruvian Andes and living in Newington, Connecticut, he is also a High School Spanish teacher, writes for “Identidad Latina”, and is the editor of the magazine “Vidaen,” both Spanish language publications, and is the radio host of “Mi Perú” on Trinity College WRTC-FM.
Admission: Adult $12; Member $8; Children FREE. The Mariposa is wheelchair accessible.
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