Sunday, 7 May 2017

BARBADOS BORN ARAWAK GIRL GOES TO UNITED NATIONS AND THEN HELPS CO-LEAD THE BIGGEST CLIMATE CHANGE PROTEST MARCH EVEN HELD IN WASHINGTON DC


Sabantho during her pre UNPFII training held in the UNDP building HQ in New York city next to UN headquarters


                    Sabantho in the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, USA

Sabantho in the United Nations General Assembly Hall - where all the Heads of State of the World give their speeches, just before the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues was opened and President Evo Morales of Bolivia spoke.

                            Sabantho marching in the protest wrapped in the flag of her people

               Sabantho (middle) and Mainaku Borrero (far right) with Leonardo DiCaprio



                               Sabantho with Chase Iron Eyes (far left) and her father Damon (far right)




Sabantho Aderi Corrie is an 18 year old Barbados born Lokono-Arawak of Guyanese descent (her first two given names in the Lokono-Arawak language mean 'Beautiful Little Ground-Dove'), she is a graduate of the St Angela's Primary School and the St. Ursula's Secondary School in Bridgetown Barbados. 

She was selected by the Tribal Link Foundation to be a recipient of it's Project Access Training program for 20 lucky Indigenous students from around the world, to attend the first week of United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) 16th Session, at United Nations headquarters in New York City, USA, April 24th - 28th 2017. Sabantho was also the youngest female ever to be selected to receive this invaluable training - in the 10 years it has been occurring, and the course is led by world famous and respected Indigenous Rights expert Andrea Carmen of the International Indian Treaty Council/IITC.
Sabantho then joined her father Damon Gerard Corrie (well known Caribbean Indigenous Rights activist) in the People's Climate Change Protest march around the White House in Washington DC on Saturday 29th April 2017, where she joined her father to help co-lead the Indigenous front end - alongside famous Hollywood A-list star Leonardo DiCaprio (who posed in photos with her),  and also famous Lakota Lawyer and native rights activist Chase Iron-Eyes who was part of the anti Dakota Access Pipeline protests that galvanised world opinion as to the threat to humanity's water supply by the unscrupulous oil industry. Chase Iron Eyes is also a founder of the North American based LastRealIndians media website for Indigenous news from all over the Americas. 
Sabantho is a naturally gifted artist and recently began a 40 foot long x 5 feet high wall Folkloric mural on Pakuri Territory, on which she is depicting aspects of Lokono-Arawak myth & legend, so the Lokono youth will not forget this important part of their cultural identity and traditional history.
She has created a Youth Art Council and plans to begin offering free classes on Pakuri Territory to teach Lokono youth the ancient coiling pottery technique from 2018; as pottery has become a dying traditional art in the Lokono-Arawak Tribal Nation today.

Her Barbados born father Damon Gerard Corrie (also of Guyanese Lokono-Arawak descent), and her mother is Shirling Simon Corrie, a Lokono-Arawak of the 240 square mile Pakuri Arawak Autonomous Territory in Guyana - where all four of Sabantho's other siblings were born (and one - her older sister Aderi - is buried).


The 40 foot long Folkloric Wall Mural Sabantho made for her tribe on Pakuri Lokono-Arawak Territory in Guyana.



This protest march drew over 150,000 protesters, and according to CNN - it reached 200,000 by the end of the march.  

INDIGENOUS LED PEOPLES CLIMATE CHANGE MARCH 2017 - WASHINGTON DC

CNN AERIAL VIDEO OF CROWD ESTIMATE OF 200,000


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