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Native Voices

 

Native News

 

Native Prophesies

 

Articles by Non-Natives and Initiates

 

Websites

 

Web Videos

 

 

 

 

Native Voices

 

Thanksgiving Address: Greetings To The Natural World  - This translation of the Mohawk version of the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address was developed and published in 1993, provided courtesy of Six Nations Indian Museum and the Tracking Project.

 

A Basic Call to Consciousness: The Hau de no sau nee Address to the Western World  Autumn 1977  - This may be the first authentic analysis of the modern world ever committed to writing by an official body of Native people.  It is a cosmogony of the Industrialized World presented by the most politically powerful and independent non-Western political body surviving in North America. It is, in a way, the modern world seen through Pleistocene eyes.  The Hau de no see nee position is derived from a philosophy that sees The People with historical roots that extend back tens of thousands of years. It is a geological kind of perspective, which sees modern man as an infant, occupying a very short space of time in an incredibly long spectrum. It is the perspective of the oldest elder looking into the affairs of a young child and seeing that he is committing incredibly destructive folly. It is, in short, the statement of a people who are ageless but who trace their history as a people to the very beginning of time. And they are speaking, in this instance, to a world which dates its existence from a little over 500 years ago, and perhaps much more recently than that.

 

Spiritualism: The Highest Form of Political Consciousness

The Hau de no sau nee Message to the Western World

 

How the Conquest of Indigenous Peoples Parallels the Conquest of Nature  by John Mohawk  10/97

 

Voices from White Earth: Gaa-waabaabiganikaag  by Winona LaDuke  10/93

 

Indigenous Mind  by Winona Laduke

 

A Native View Of Nature  by John Mohawk - An interview by Charlene Spretnak

 

The Ice Is Melting  by Oren Lyons  10/04

 

First Nations and the Future of the Earth  by Rebecca Adamson

 

The Leadership Imperative,  An interview with Chief Oren Lyons  2/07

 

Honor and Care of Our Sacred Planet

 

Care And Feeding Of Snow And Earth   by Woody Vaspra, President, World Council of Elders

 

Restoring Our Relationship With Mother Earth - Interview with Tom Goldtooth by Kim Ridley 11/11/07 - "Climate change affects everyone, but it has a disproportionate impact on indigenous communities, especially on our rights to practice our culture and to access our traditional food systems.”

 

Ancestral Mandates and Spiritual Voices: Our Journey On the Sacred Path To the Next 500 Years - Spiritual Elders of Mother Earth

 

Apocalypse No!   An Indigenist Perspective  by Juan Santos 

 

 

Native News

People's Agreement: Final Declaration of the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, Cochabamba, Bolivia, April 2010, led by President Evo Morales

Indigenous People Demand Voice in Climate Talks  by Haider Rizvi  11/28/08  - London-based Minority Rights Group International warned that a new climate change agreement would be "seriously compromised" if policymakers continued to shut out the voices of those most affected by global warming. According to MRG's new report, the impact of climate change hits indigenous communities hardest because they live in ecologically diverse areas and their livelihoods are dependent on the environment.

 

The Rights of the Land: The Onondaga Nation of central New York proposes a radical new vision of property rights  by Robin Kimmerer

11-12/08  - When they finally got their day in court, members of the Onondaga Nation argued that the land title they’re seeking is not for possession, not to exclude, but for the right to participate in the well-being of the land. Against the backdrop of Euro-American thinking, which treats land as a bundle of property rights, the Onondaga are asking for freedom to exercise their responsibility to the land. This is unheard of in American property law. Above all, the land rights action seeks title for the purpose of ecological restoration. The legal action concerns not only rights to the land, but also the rights of the land, its right to be whole and healthy.

 

Go Green, Save the Indigenous 
  by Tarjei Kidd Olsen   3/10/08

 

Challenging Indian Land Trusts   by Michelle Chen  2/18/08

 

Apaches Rise to Defend Homelands from Homeland Security  by Brenda Norrell   1/10/08

 

Mohawk Warriors support Lakotas' withdrawl from US  by Kahentinetha Horn  12/25/07

 

Chief Big Foot Riders Return To Wounded Knee, Freedom 12/24/07  Media Advisory

 

Lakota Sioux Secede From US, Declare Independence  by Bill Harlan  12/21/07

 

Descendants of Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse break away from US  12/20/07  Lakota withdraw from United States

 

War Paint and Lawyers:  Rainforest Indians versus Big Oil  Greg Palast investigates.

 

Hopi springs still in danger  by Cyndy Cole  12/2/07

 

Botswana government targets Bushman hunters 

The Bushmen of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve have been forced from their ancestral lands in a wave of evictions by the Botswana government.

 

Penan - The Penan live in Sarawak, the Malaysian part of the island of Borneo. The Penan are just one of the tribal peoples of Sarawak, but they are the only nomadic tribe. Since the 1970s, all the tribal peoples of Sarawak have had their land taken to make way for logging, dam construction and oil palm plantations - driving them into towns where they are reduced to abject poverty.

 

Uncontacted Tribes - Over one hundred tribes around the world choose to reject contact with outsiders. They are the most vulnerable peoples on the planet.

 

Tribal News from around the world by Survival International

 

CENSORED:   Censored and under-reported news

 

 

Native Prophesies

 

Message from the Mayan Elders - February, 2006  by Carlos Barrios 

 

Mayan Leader Announces 2012 Disasters

2012 Disasters announced as End of the Mayan Cycle by Héctor Camero Treviño, 11/6/07

 

The Inka Prophecy of the End of Time  by Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D.

 

Hopi Elders Messages to the World 
- In Their Own Words

 

 

Articles by Non-Natives and Initiates

 

Language Separates Us from Nature  by Chuck Burr  12/7/08  -

Every day, the global communication revolution moves us further away from

nature. We have sacrificed a deep intimate experience with nature, a household level of knowledge of plants and animals, and a rich hunter-gatherer language. We have gained something with no intrinsic value -- information and data experienced in isolation.  Once we realize how poor we are in our detachment from nature, the Garden of Eden, we may well yearn for a way back to a deep, whole, connected, wordless experience of life.

 

Thanksgiving We Can Believe In  by Steve Hendricks  11/27/08  - America is not alone among nations in making mythology of history. Myth comforts. History, which is to say truth, instructs, often painfully. And it is a painful truth that the guns, germs, and steel of our forebears precipitated the great bloodletting that rid Indian Country of Indians and damned the few survivors to POW camps (now called reservations) where they remain the poorest, most diseased, and worst schooled among us. The link between our myth-making and their destitution is direct. For to forget that our nation virtually destroyed theirs is to absolve ourselves of a duty to make amends. We have been absolving ourselves for half a millennium now.

 

What Does Climate Change Do To Our Heads?   by Sanjay Khanna  3/21/08 - If the environmental degradation of the past hundred years is any indication, our contemporary lifestyles, built on a dwindling resource base, have failed to acknowledge how much the mental health of people is related to the health of ecosystems.

 

Revolution of the Snails:  Encounters with the Zapatistas  by Rebecca Solnit  1/15/08

 

Race, Sacrifice, and Native Lands  by Jonna Higgins-Freese and Jeff Tomhave

 

First World, Fourth World  by Ralph Metzner        

 

Sustainability: Lessons from Indigenous Wisdom  by John Perkins

 

How Native American Foods Revolutionized Europe: Yummy Gifts to World Breadbasket  by David Johnson  10/9/06

 

Plants Of The Gods  by Wade Davis

 

Grandmothers Unite by Rachel Lehmann-Haupt  11/8/04

In original tribal cultures, the Grandmothers' Council was honored as the final authority on most tribal matters, including the waging of war. Now, wise voices converge to strengthen their message.  See two trailers from the film "For the Next 7 Generations: the Grandmothers Speak" below.

 

EDWARD SHERIFF CURTIS: One Man's Obsessive Pursuit Of The Lost Tribes Of America  by Benjamin Secher  6/21/08  - Edward S. Curtis took more than 40,000 pictures, the best of which formed the basis of The North American Indian, a vast ethnographic study, published in 20 volumes between 1907 and 1930. On the appearance of the first volume, the New York Herald declared it "the most gigantic undertaking in the making of books since the King James edition of the Bible".

 

Connections Between Buddhism And Native American Practices - Interview with Lorain Fox Davis and Tsultrim Allione

 

An Anarchist Study of the Rotinonshón:ni Polity  by Stephen Arthur  - The traditional society of the Rotinonshón:ni (Iroquois), "The People of the Longhouse," was a densely settled, matrilineal, communal, and extensively horticultural society. The Rotinonshón:ni formed a confederacy of five nations. Generations before historical contact with Europeans, these nations united through the Kaianere'kó:wa into the same polity and ended blood feuding without economic exploitation, stratification, or the formation of a centralized state.  The similarities between anarchism and indigenism are being increasingly noticed, as anarchists find themselves in solidarity with indigenous struggles from Oaxaca to Ohswé:ken.

 

The Plastic Medicine People Circle  by Helene E. Hagan  1992  - The author is a psychological anthropologist who has worked with Native American issues and lived for four years on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota while working on an elder oral history project.  In this article she details the psychological dangers to non-natives who are duped into participating in the ceremonies and rituals of fake shamans – both those who are supposedly Native American and those who are obviously Caucasian – and the concerns of authentic Native Americans regarding these “plastic medicine people,” whom she names.

 

A Theft of Spirit?  by Christopher Shaw 8/95  - An exploration of Native views regarding the expropriation of Native American traditions by white people, particularly the New Age mix-and-match amalgamations of Native ideas that are often marketed as indigenous spirituality, but could present a long-term threat to Native culture.

 

From Mechanics to Organics  An Interview with Elisabet Sahtouris

by Scott London – Once having decided that our task was to live like a living system within a living system, it became obvious to me that indigenous people know more about that than our Western culture does.

 

Earthquakes Of Consciousness:  How I moved from advertising glamour to anti-globalisation fervour by Jerry Mander - How Mander came to write Paradigm Wars: Indigenous Peoples' Resistance to Economic Globalization.

 

"Re-learning" what we've forgotten  by Chris Maser    

 

 

Websites

 

Animists: The Spirit of Place - An exhibition of photographs and commentary by Phil Borges taken in Siberia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Peru, and the Ecuadorian Amazon.  8/2000  - Animists: The Spirit of Place reflects upon a time when we were all deeply bonded to the place where we lived. The artist states: "It was a spiritual connection seen to be vital for maintaining both the health of the community and the well being of the individual". During the Enlightenment this spiritual communication fell out of favour. There are only a few traditional cultures remaining who spiritually communicate with their environment. These photographs depict some of these people for whom the environment still holds a sacred enchantment .... people who still know the The Spirit of Place.  Includes quotes by photo subjects.

 

Survival International 

 

Indigenous Environmental Network  

 

Grandmothers' Council

 

For the Next 7 Generations: The Grandmothers Speak

 

Earth Mother Crying!  The Journal of Prophecies of Native Peoples Worldwide  

 

Saq' Be': Organization for Mayan and Indigenous Spiritual Studies

Saq' Be' (pronounced sock bay) Mayan term referring to the white/sacred road, the Milky Way and the spiritual path of one's life.

 

Spiritual Elders of Mother Earth

 

The Alianza Indígena Sin Fronteras/Indigenous Alliance Without Borders

 

Republic of Lakota

 

Snow Riders of the American Indian Nations  

 

Snow Riders Gallery of Edward Curtis Photographs

 

The Curtis Collection

 

Edward Curtis Gallery

 

Edward S. Curtis’ North American Indian Photographic Images

 

The Four Winds Society - Our mission is to preserve the healing techniques of Inka Shamanism and bring them into the 21st Century through classes and in-depth training programs.

 

 

Web Videos

 

The Earth is our Mother by Tashunka WitkoWith photographs by Edward S. Curtis, quotes and music by Native Americans. Video 8:27

 

The Message The Plantagon message to the leaders of the world from the indigenous peoples of all nations, spoken by Oren Lyons, 1/13/08.

 

Oren Lyons: Value Change for Survival   Interview with Oren Lyons on global warming, 1/09/07.

 

Red Crow Westerman - Speaking To The World Native American History and the American Indian Movement

 

Indigenous Native American Prophecy (Elders Speak part 1)

 

The Worldwide Web of Belief and Ritual  -  Anthropologist Wade Davis is perhaps the most articulate and influential western advocate for the world's indigenous cultures. His stunning photographs and evocative stories capture the viewer's imagination. As a speaker, he parlays that sense of wonder into passionate concern over the rate at which cultures and languages are disappearing -- 50 percent of the world's 6,000 languages, he says, are no longer taught to children. He argues, in the most beautiful terms, that language isn't just a collection of vocabulary and grammatical rules. In fact, "Every language is an old-growth forest of the mind."  (19 min)

 

For the Next 7 Generations: The Grandmothers Speak - 13 Indigenous women elders, shamans and medicine women from around the world, have been called together to share their sacred wisdom and practices. Can they light the way for us to a peaceful and sustainable planet? This is a trailer for a documentary feature film in progress.

 

For the Next 7 Generations: Scenes from Dharmasala 

 

Dispatches /Undercover in Tibet - Channel 4 British television station  4/4/08  - The indigenous people of Tibet are being imprisoned, tortured, relocated, sterilized, and terrorized by the Chinese government.  It looks like genocide. (48:26 min)

 

Wade Davis: Cultures at the far edge of the world  - With stunning photos and stories, National Geographic Explorer Wade Davis celebrates the diversity of the world's indigenous cultures, now disappearing from the planet at an alarming rate. He argues passionately that we should be concerned not only for preserving the biosphere, but also the "ethnosphere" -- "the sum total of all thoughts and dreams, myths, ideas, inspirations, intuitions brought into being by the human imagination."

 

Jerry Mander talks about Paradigm Wars: Indigenous People's Resistance to Economic Globalization.  (56 min.)

 

Jerry Mander - Globalization and Indigenous Cultures  (4 min.)

 

Cultural Freedom and Globalization - Audio with Jerry Mander

Referring to globalization as the “juggernaut of homogenization,” Mander says that all indigenous peoples, as well as national cultures, are threatened by this economic trend.

 

Tribal Channel of Survival International

 

 

 

 

Apache Blessing

 

May the sun bring you new energy by day,

May the moon softly restore you by night,

May the rain wash away your worries,

May the breeze blow new strength into your being.

May you walk gently through the world and know

its beauty all the days of your life.

 

 

 

 

We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born.  We must protect the forests for those who can't speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees. ~ Qwatsinas (Hereditary Chief Edward Moody), Nuxalk Nation

 

Peace Maker said, “Make your decisions on behalf of seven generations.” He’s telling you to look ahead, to not think about yourself. If you can stop thinking about yourself and begin thinking about responsibility, everything is going to get better. Immediately everything will change. But that is not the makeup of the human mind. There’s always the evil twin. And there’s always the good twin. It’s a daily battle.  — Chief Oren Lyons

 

 

 

 

 

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