On Saturday October 14, 2017 Jennifer Zackin and Adolfo Ibáñez Ayerve created an offering in Jackson Square Park at the intersection of Horatio St, Greenwich Ave and 8th Ave to honor the “Yanantin,” a Quechua word for "two beings, energies or entities that bring opposition into harmony."
Based on the traditional Andean offering, the Despacho Ceremony offers gratitude, love and prayer in the form of a ritual that feeds the water, earth, mountains, sun, and moon. The offering is made using collections of natural materials such as seeds and fresh flowers that are conscientiously arranged, infused with intentions, then gifted back to the natural world that provided them in the form of a beautifully packaged bundle. For this occasion, the offering was released into a tributary in the Catskill Mountains that feeds into the Hudson River which, like all rivers in the United States, is under assault by the fossil fuel and nuclear energy industries.
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