I have a request from Isaac Murdoch through Amy Ruckes to help spread Isaac and Christi Belcourt‘s wonderful art to Berlin, Germany and Europe in general. You may have seen their art before on many banners or Native news pages but may not have known the name of the artists. I’ve attached the link page where their #Divest #NoDAPL #NoPipelines etc. art […]
I’m currently finishing Spirits of Blood, Spirits of Breath by Barbara Alice Mann, which was published in 2016 by Oxford University Press. While it has many, many, many truths the majority of the non-native world, academicians, scholars, so-called experts and others have overlooked, ignored or missed, there is some which some natives don’t or only […]
Last week I was contacted by a representative from AlJazeera English, to give my response to a few questions about mainstream media’s minimal coverage of the largest “protest” in modern American history, and what kind of issue it was: Native only? Environmental? The resulting report was published on Dec. 10, 2016 at the Al Jazeera […]
Last night I dreamed of a great wave. Of having been in the front yard of house with about a dozen other people aware of possible bad weather coming, a storm of some kind, but the air was calm rather. The sky rather watery looking pink pearl, orangish, bluish with a hint of green in the southeast but not unusual. The day is unusual in its clarity, as if water glistens on every surface: skin, grass, clothing. Despite the weather watch, I decided to go walk west along the great pier front, beyond where these houses shelter in the safety of a cliff overhang.
The pier front is a series of mostly iron fastened wood, stretching across a bay. It is closely packed with businesses, balconies and shops built close to the shore. Farther, the piers curve back to the left were ladders, scaffolding-like with steps built up to yet another high pier where if you climbed up you could see much farther out. It all seemed safe and okay to do so, and feel on top of the world, cool though untouched by a breeze.
One person I knew from the gathering in front of the house had wandered out there too, following me maybe. Probably. As calm and peaceful as it still looked, a sherbet sky of peach, raspberry and lime, just in the next moment, a call went out as if over a broadcasting system: there was an incoming wave, a tsunami. And then I could feel it, and I paused in that eternal second you know if you’ve ever been in a tornado or something. Just before it strikes, before you can see it sometimes, particularly with a tornado: there is a dead calm, but you can almost feel yourself lifting. It is terrifying, and if you’ve ever felt it once, you never forget it because it’s no joke. Continue reading “Last Night I Dreamed #WaterIsLife”
On 19 November 2016, on “The Voices” radioshow broadcast, hosted by Shanti Suki on Reboot.fm in Berlin, Germany, I was thankful for the opportunity to share information and perspectives on Standing Rock and the NoDAPL movement in North Dakota, USA while they shared Native American music from artists like Frank Waln, Nataanii Means, Cree Nation and Tribe Called Red. The NoDAPL indigenous led movement of water protectors and allies continue to resist big oil corporation corruption and disregard for the earth despite repeated, brutal attacks that has seen hundreds arrested and injured, while mainstream news barely reports or only shared skewed information in favor of their owners: big corp of course!
Latest updates from Standing Rock, Nov. 21, 2016: Water Protectors Attacked by Police With Water Cannons in Subzero Temperatures.
Note: As stated in the broadcast, observations, opinions and perspectives are my own based on firsthand information and available news from native sources. No presentation as being representative of any tribe, organization or group. Just thankful for the opportunity to help raise more awareness and spread info worldwide.
Ways to Support Standing Rock Directly
There is a dire need for serious cold weather clothing, tents, yurts, sleds, vehicles that can withstand the harsh weather of North Dakota. Camp representatives have stated they’ve received many clothing donations but they are not suitable for the sometimes –30c weather and snowstorms. Many of the lists below include specific items, materials and brands that are known to be good quality. Some are higher priced items (vehicles, medical equipment, etc.) so it is suggested that maybe people or companies combine their funds to make a purchase.
In particular the legal defense funds are critical. Per person, bail money and cost of legal counsel and trial is very expensive, and for some water protectors the false charges have been increased to serious felonies. Legal defense funds helps get them out of jail (out of dog kennels and away from abuse) while they await trial. Continue reading “19Nov #RadioShow “The Voices”-Red Haircrow on #StandingRock #NoDAPL International Solidarity”