The Prayer Skirt, a long skirt adorned with ribbons, is ceremonial regalia for the Plains tribes. During the demonstration against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock, indigenous women of many different tribes began to wear the prayer skirt at ceremony in solidarity with the Plains Tribes women.
Prayer skirts, have also been adopted into events calling for more awareness and support for families of missing and murdered indigenous women. KBCS’s Yuko Kodama spoke with Noel Parrish, a member of the crane clan of the turtle mountain band of Chippewa Indians, about the relationship of the prayer skirts, missing and murdered indigenous women and the struggle to protect our waters from the fossil fuel industry.
Special thanks to Jim Cantu for additional help with editing this story
We explore our region’s original commutes along the water highways of the Salish Sea and Pacific Coast. Listen in on interviews with the late Quileute Canoe Leader, Sunny Woodruff, and United Nations for All Tribes Foundation Board Chair and Makah tribal member, Jeff Smith . Today’s story is brought to you by KBCS’s Yuko Kodama.
Unmute the Commute is a weekly series highlighting commuter stories, supported in part by King County Metro’s Just 1 Trip.
Photos: Courtesy of Jeff Smith