Rachel Edwardson – Aakang, Aakang (Mama, Mama)
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The little girl lies down on the grass on a beautiful day. She looks up at the sky. She doesn’t understand why she feels so happy, but she smiles now. Mama, you are pure and clean, your plants make me happy and the animals you gave to me, you gave to me for strength. Mama, Mama, I see that I have come from you. You knew that I was coming. You waited. My gratitude is not enough, Mama, but I can give thanks to you now. How can I help to keep your body healthy and clean? As powerful and strong as they are the polar bears are drowning. They cannot reach the land. The warming climate has caused their demise.
What are we doing? Hunting is becoming extremely dangerous. All winter long the ocean used to be iced up. In today’s winter it opens up in places, dangerous. I used to think that animals never got sick. When I was growing up our food was so clean, but today I keep hearing about meat being thrown away. Caribou, seals, fish with sores on their bodies.
The young girl has grown. She returns to her land. She sees the rivulets flowing, dirty, filled with oil. She sees the beach along the ocean, filled with trash. The tears fall from her face…
Mama, Mama! Who knows how it will be tomorrow?
A Film By Rachel Edwardson. In Iñupiaq With English Translation. Part Of The Postcards From Climate Change Project.
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