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Early on Friday afternoon about a dozen of us got together and spread out some blankets onthe grass at a spot about a third of the way up the hill on stage right and then dropped LSD.I took Orange Sunshine, a strong, clean dose in an orange tab that was perhaps the beststreet acid ever. Underground chemists in southern California had made millions of doses,and the nation was flooded with it that summer. We smoked some tasty black hashish toamuse ourselves while waiting for the acid to hit, and sat back to groove along with RichieHavens.In two hours we were all soaring, and everything was just fine. In fact, it couldn±t have beenbetter´there I was with my beautiful hometown friends, higher than a church steeple andlistening to wonderful music in the cool summer weather of the Catskills. After all, the dirtylittle secret of the late °60s was that psychedelic drugs taken in a pleasant setting could becompletely exhilarating.´Glenn Weiser, ²Woodstock 1969 Remembered³In this account, Glenn Weiser describes both the music and his drug use. What social trends didWoodstockreflect?HowmightthefestivalhaveinfluencedAmericancultureandsociety,bothaesthetically and behaviorally?AMERICAN INDIAN PROTESTAs the young, primarily white men and women who became hippies strove to create new identities forthemselves, they borrowed liberally from other cultures, including that of Native Americans. At the sametime, many Indians were themselves seeking to maintain their culture or retrieve elements that had beenlost. In 1968, a group of Indian activists, including Dennis Banks, George Mitchell, and Clyde Bellecourt,convened a gathering of two hundred people in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and formed the American IndianMovement (AIM) (Figure 30.4). The organizers were urban dwellers frustrated by decades of poverty anddiscrimination. In 1970, the average life expectancy of Indians was forty-six years compared to the nationalaverage of sixty-nine. The suicide rate was twice that of the general population, and the infant mortalityrate was the highest in the country. Half of all Indians lived on reservations, where unemployment reached50 percent. Among those in cities, 20 percent lived below the poverty line.898Chapter 30 Political Storms at Home and Abroad, 1968-1980This content is available for free at https://FQ[±RUJ/content/col11740/1.3
Figure 30.4This teepee was erected on the National Mall near the Washington Monument as part of an AIMdemonstration (a). Note that the AIM flag (b) combines an Indian silhouette with the peace sign, the ubiquitoussymbol of the 1960s and °70s.On November 20, 1969, a small group of Indian activists landed on Alcatraz Island (the former site of anotorious federal prison) in San Francisco Bay. They announced plans to build an American Indian culturalcenter, including a history museum, an ecology center, and a spiritual sanctuary. People on the mainlandprovided supplies by boat, and celebrities visited Alcatraz to publicize the cause. More people joined

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