Flagstaff, AZ - On Jan. 24 at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Flagstaff,
the Rumble on the Mountain event took place to bring awareness about
the sacredness of water, sustainability and the importance of these
issues to the community.
performs at Rumble on the Mountain at the Orpheum Theater
Rumble on the Mountain ran at the same time as the "Dew
Downtown," an event sponsored by the city of Flagstaff, which
used 475,000 gallons of potable drinking water to create a snow
slope on north San Francisco Street for skiers and snowboarders.
Rumble on the Mountain also drew attention to the tumultuous
debate centered on the San Francisco Peaks between Arizona's Native
American tribes, Snowbowl and the city of Flagstaff.
Making artificial snow from reclaimed water for skiing and winter
sports activities has created divisions in the northern Arizona
community as both tribes and conservation groups strive to protect
what they hold to be a sacred place and a natural ecosystem that
is under threat of contamination.
Rumble on the Mountain featured music by Pato Banton, Sihasin,
The Yoties and many more. The Sierra Club, Friends of Flagstaff's
Future, The Springs Institute and the Grand Canyon Trust all made
presentations. In addition to the music and speakers, Supai elder
Rex Tolousi gave a message of prayer and former Hopi Tribal Chairman
and Black Mesa Trust Director Vernon Masayesya gave an address by
"Rumble on the Mountain is a concert to celebrate the sacredness
of water...to remind ourselves that we are guests in this world,
blessed by the Creator to experience life and responsible to honor
the infinite wisdom demonstrated in the life cycles around us...
we are members of a collective universe," said event organizer
Rumble on the Mountain is reference to the recent earthquake
that shook northern Arizona, specifically the Flagstaff area.