The Kids of Burning Man – Profiles in Dust

Kids have been part of Burning Man since the first gathering on Baker Beach in 1986. Many grown-up Burners are true lifers. There are even multi-generational Burner lineages now. Black Rock City is a family affair for families of all kinds, including those with little ones. The Profiles in Dust team has put together this delightful film about what that’s like for the kids, their parents, and their neighbors in BRC.

About the author: Jon Mitchell

Jon Mitchell

, a.k.a. Argus, was publisher of the Burning Man Journal, the Jackrabbit Speaks newsletter, and the Burning Man website from 2016 to 2019. He joined the Comm Team as a volunteer in 2010 and as year-round staff in 2014. He co-wrote a big story about spending 24 hours at the Temple of Juno in 2012. His first Burn was in 2008.

3 Comments on “The Kids of Burning Man – Profiles in Dust

  • Rose of Aranda says:

    Well done and thank you.

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  • I hope to bring Arcana back to the Burn . She is an Ember citizen- a Playa messiah they called her in 2003 when I returned to the Play with the greatest gift I had ever received at the event . Her. She was conceived on Burn night after a “Three Times Round the Man ” experience- 2002- It was my Playa wedding aniverserie from a hand fast in 2000 and a reclaiming from the accident in 2oo1 that made her father and my husband a perfect candidate for Pirate King – 2002 Was Floating World and He had been in recovery from the accident when he lost his left arm. We came back Home after a terrible year of adjustment to find That his Prosthetic was actually an Asthetic- He was joined by about 10,000 pirates and all sporting fake hooks! – Flaming Lotus Girls had a Copper Hand of Glory and there was a E-L Wire art car that was a hand walking on fingers across the plays- . The Man burned before us- weary and thrilled huddled with my boys at the 6 oclock seat front row- My husband started ranting on about How “If Burningman was actually so Goddamn magickal- he didn’t see it- he wanted to see a sign. At that moment the mans arms began to raise- The crowd went crazy – ” BURN THE MAN!!!” was a roar from about half of every citizen and drums beat in a frenzy- …The mirror image right arm of the Man…winked out and fell dark to his side. The Man held just one arm above his head and I turned to my old man with his mouth gaping open and in blissfull tears I simply pointd to the Man and said- ” Well Ask and it is GRANTED Dear. Theres your sign. Satisfied?..? We laughed and after running around the man with the my young happy sons aged 12 and 4- we returned to camp and on that night- I conceived her- It was like the embers that flew above the man as he fell…were souls of future burners- our next generation- from our sacred crazy pyro tribe- And in 2 years following- 5 babes returned all conceived upon that night-. Arcana being the eldest- and then Fkos son and Then Dave and Denise from Dustfishes boy- and their friend who had a daughter Juniper- I cannot remember the 5th child at this moment- but I can remember that It was a challenge and an honor to bring my babies to the event- and they had a onderful opportunity to experience (at the time) 35000 (?) smiling happy adults in one place.! The community learned from them and I threw my all ino experiencing and preparing hacks for child infused burn camp- I say Kids!! HAVE THEM…BRING THEM and also Leave them the fuck at home..sometimes… Arcana was 9 weeks when she returned to the playa..Then again 14 monthes ( she was front page news in the Oregan paper- Her first word was Mommy ..she spoke it at 3 monthes but she blew more minds when she suddenly said BURN THE MAN!! And struck a pose like a runway model at 14 monthes…The pics are on my fb page Mavin Carer-Griffin @ facebook.. Shes my world..and that one is a burning one.

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