The Story

We are All Antarctica is a story about my father George W. Gibbs, Jr’s adventures as the first person of African descent to set foot on the continent of Antarctica. He sailed on the famous ship the USS Bear in 1939 to 1941 on Admiral Byrd’s III expedition to the South Pole. It was the first joint venture with the US military and private exploration. Gibbs went on to serve humanity in countless ways, paving the way for not only people of color in the community of Rochester, MN but for all people to become more human, serve their community and appreciate differences.

Through compassion, tenacity, faith and countless hours in the trenches, Gibbs’ life is a model for community service, equality and fun. As the lowest rank on the ship, he was honored for his contribution at a time when people with dark skin were considered less than human.

This story integrates my experiences with natural healing, the arts, the science of the ice, the metaphysics of the South Pole and the history of the expedition and its mystery.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Nature Rules OK? New Antarctica Musical in Hobart Australia

Today,  I'm hyperaware of the line between life and death in Antarctica.  Some have said it's not life and death any more on the Ice.  Not true!

Gordon Hamilton, a prominent climate scientist, died from a snow mobile accident, in late October. He fell into a 100 ft deep crevasse. Crevasses are one of the primary hazards on the continent.  You can be super skillful and still fall prey to the landscape.

and Yes, Nature does Rule.  Antarctic scientist, Dana Bergstrom, an Australian survivor of a fatal sewer gas leak, wrote and produced a New Antarctica Musical.  She vowed, if she survived, to share in a more dramatic way, why Antarctica is the 'canary in the coal mine' on our planet.  If you live near Hobart, it's playing until 11/12/16.

I hope these posts help you be more engaged with our precious bottom of the world. 

I know I need to do more, many people are waiting for me to finish my writing project. Thanks for your support!
Leilani Henry speaking to students at a CO Middle school -(photo ©Leilani Henry)


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