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Sinews in the Cypress: Lincoln Beach’s Past, Present, and Future
July 28, 2021 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pmFree
Join VAYLA as we dive deep into the history, current activism, and future possibilities for Lincoln Beach.
In this installment of our Sinews in the Cypress guest speaker series, Sage Michael will discuss all things Lincoln Beach. As a Lincoln Beach activist and founder of Sageville, Sage has been working for years cleaning the historical site and making it safer and more accessible to the public. At this month’s event, we will explore the history of Lincoln Beach, what has been done over the last couple of years by activists like Sage, as well as future plans and possibilities for the site.
The event will be moderated by our Earth Rising coordinator, Zach Lang. Through the discussion we hope to amplify the hard work that has already been done by community members and show the importance of this historic site to our community of New Orleans East as well as the New Orleans community in general.
We can’t wait to see you there!
The name Sinews in the Cypress speaks to the deep ties that Louisianans have to their environment and more specifically the wetlands. The Bald Cypress is the state tree of Louisiana, a staple of the most prevalent ecosystem in the state and is one of the most ubiquitous and broadcasted species found throughout the state. In the environmental world it is ambassador for the wetlands and Louisiana. The Bald Cypress is also extremely resilient, much like the population of Louisiana, and is resistant to decay, often called the wood eternal. The term sinew has two connected yet different meanings. First, it is used to describe a piece of tough fibrous tissue uniting tissue to bone as well as bone to bone. The other definition for a sinew is the part of a structure or system that gives it strength and binds it together. The term sinew gives a humanistic vision to the project as well as a show of strength and resilience that the people as well as the Louisiana environment display. Lastly, when the bald cypress grows in the swamps it develops a unique texture that is often described as sinewy, resembling tendons in person.
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