** CALLING ALL SANTA FE/NEW MEXICO AREA QUEER INDIGENOUS AND TWO SPIRIT FOLKS**
I, as a part of RM Young Photography, am working on my next photo project, “Two Spirit” which aims to bring visibility and voice to queer indigenous and two spirit folks! I will be taking photos this weekend and next so if you’re available you’re more than welcome to participate!!
Bring and wear whatever you feel most represents yourself! Photo shoot will be outside. If you’re an painter, musician, performer etc. we can take a picture of you doing what you do best! There will also be a few questions to answer that will be included in the photo set.
Contact me if you are down to participate and you availability, or if you have any questions!!
** If you want to submit but aren’t in the area, submit a photo of yourself to my email firstname.lastname@example.org Include “Two Spirit Project” in the subject. Include a few sentences talking about your identity, experiences or small stories about your identity and experiences as a queer, indigenous and/or two-spirit person**
Don’t lie to one another. You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ. Colossians 3:9-11
Goal: Write 1 thought every day re: why I love The Legend of Korra until I finish rewatching the series.
#174: Korra saved Kuvira from the spirit cannon in “The Last Stand.”
Discussion about “The Last Stand” often gets dominated by opinions about the Korrasami ending. I happen to love the ending (despite not having really seen it coming). But my absolute favorite scene in “The Last Stand” (and perhaps my favorite in all of LoK) is the one I feel doesn’t get enough love: the scene where Korra defends Kuvira from the spirit cannon. Because HOLY SH*T. EPIC.
I mean, LoK had just spent two episodes showing us how incredibly friggin’ destructive the spirit cannon was. It was a weapon of mass destruction that completely obliterated anything and anyone in its path. It blew up entire swaths of buildings with no problem. Also, EXPLOSIONS. MASSIVE EXPLOSIONS. See, e.g. this:
In “The Last Stand,” Kuvira is about to get a taste of her own medicine and get completely obliterated by her own spirit weapon…
… when suddenly Korra leaps in front to her enemy’s defense:
AND PULLS OFF THE SINGLE MOST AMAZING THING SHE HAS EVER DONE OR THAT WE HAVE EVER SEEN DONE IN THE AVATAR UNIVERSE:
She bends the pure spirit energy, forming a protective bubble around both her and Kuvira and deflecting the full brunt of the enormous spirit cannon blast:
AND HOLY SH*T IT IS AMAZING:
Seriously. Amazing. Seriously.
This scene in particular is why I’m always baffled by those fans who think Korra’s avatar state is somehow “weaker” than Aang’s. BECAUSE DID YOU SEE HER SINGLE-HANDEDLY STOP THE SPIRIT CANNON BLAST THAT BLEW A HOLE CLEAN THROUGH A MOUNTAIN AND DESTROYED AN ENTIRE CITY?!
In fact, the force of the spirit weapon blast that Korra spirit-bent was so powerful that her actions BROKE THE SPACE-TIME CONTINUUM CREATED A NEW SPIRIT PORTAL:
I love love love this scene so much. The colors are beautiful. Korra’s courage is beautiful. And this was Korra’s defining character moment. It was so fitting. It made me cry. It made my jaw drop with awe. The young woman who started out the series quick to fight and lacking in any spirituality whatsoever ended the series by defending her enemy, spirit-energy-bending in epic fashion, and creating a new spirit portal. And it was her defense of (and empathy for) Kuvira that ultimately brought Kuvira to heel.
Some fans lament that Korra didn’t go all elemental sphere batsh*t on Kuvira like Aang did on Ozai. But Korra and Kuvira already had an amazingly choreographed duel in the head of the Colossus. Besides, that kind of final fight may have suited ATLA and the journey that Aang went through to confront his destiny as the avatar, but it would not have suited this show.
This is the scene that, in my mind, completes Korra’s four-season-long journey. AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT.