2021-04-20 1:40 PM PDT
Bethany Yarrow is a song keeper, earth activist, and student of the spiritual traditions of the Americas. In 2014, Bethany co-organized the Black Hills Unity Concert which advocated for the protection of sacred sites and the return of the Black Hills to the Lakota, Nakota and Dakota Nations. In 2015 she co-founded the Waterfall Unity Alliance, an alliance of New York activists and traditional Mohawk leaders which successfully helped to stop the Constitution Pipeline and other fossil fuel infrastructure projects. In 1992 Yarrow made a documentary film in apartheid South Africa called "Mama Awethu!," an intimate window onto the lives of 5 black women in the townships and squatter camps surrounding Cape Town. It aired nationally on PBS and won numerous awards at film festivals around the world including the Sundance, Berlin, Human Rights Watch, and Bombay Film Festivals. Bethany was also involved with the filming of the feature documentary "The Grandmothers Speak: For the Next 7 Generations" a film about the Council of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers (for which she also contributed to the film score).