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Earth Day in Morrisville

by Consuelo Del Palacio

This April 22 marked the 51st anniversary of Earth Day, and millions of people mobilized for the environment. From grassroots voices to world leaders, the whole world’s attention is on the fight for the Earth. Earth Day 1970 gave a voice to an emerging public consciousness about the state of our planet. Today, Earth Day is widely recognized as the largest secular observance in the world, marked by more than a billion people every year as a day of action to change human behavior and create global, national and local policy changes.

Our group of Native-American/Mexican dancers, Kalpulli Tlalhuitzilli (“Hummingbirds of the Earth” dance crew), has been celebrating Earth Day in Morrisville since 2017 by honoring Mother Earth with a Mexika Dance Circle full of dancing, drumming, offerings, prayers and planting a tree. We are a non-profit organization committed to continue our ancestors’ legacy of honoring nature. We live and dance in Morrisville and enjoy sharing these teachings and events with our community.

In 2017, we approached the Morrisville Environmental Advisory Council (MEAC) to ask if we could plant a tree to celebrate Earth Day, and we have been doing so since then. We approached the MEAC to help us select an appropriate type of tree and location. We are committed to continue donating and planting trees every year.

Our Earth Day celebration happens every year on the Saturday closest to Earth Day. This year, 2021, the celebration was on April 24th at the open space area located at the corner of Delmorr and Philadelphia Avenues in Morrisville. There, you can see a grove of small trees that mark each of the celebrations we have organized.

PHOTO CAPS: 1. Hector Nahuicuauhtl greets the morning.

2. Laura Moratin Sanchez mesmerized onlookers with her dancing.

3. “Huehueteros” (drummers) kept the dancers moving.

4. Beautiful headpieces were the order of the day.

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