February 24, 2017
Indigenous rights have been ignored, trampled upon and wiped clear from our collective consciousness since the first Vikings arrived. The genocide went into high gear in 1492.
The examples in our society are abundant and staggering.
European legal systems dominate and control North American courts, politics and economic structure, (almost) completely ignoring indigenous beliefs, knowledge and organization.
Religion has come in and ‘had their way’ with the first peoples of Turtle Island. They have torn families apart. Stolen their culture. Enforced their language and christianianity upon bewildered people. A way of life was destroyed.
Whole nations were chased, murdered and driven from their homes. And the survivors were expected to do as the powers’ wished.
The presence of corp/poli leaders and foriegn monarchy from one of our ‘founding’ nations and their so subtle display on our currency is another example of control of the dominant (mostly white male) society. How many First Nations faces do we see on our dollars and coins? And more importantly, what difference would it make? (If you wanna make money, or have it given to you as a bribe/gift for favors) you gotta bow down to the ‘colonial powers’ or their reps. Its cashola baby. Do the wishes of the overlords and the pockets of a chosen few shall be lined. Sad.
Have we learned from past mistakes? No, we see the supression continue today. Government and global corporate interests continue to plunder and steal. And individual responsibility is non-existent. Blame big oil or big government but yet blame no one single person.
Today goverments’ Standing Rock headache has been suppressed. Tomorrow it’ll be the Sheena Watershed and other pipelines bringing oil products across natural indigenous lands to tidewater on the west coast. The next day it will be fracking in Newfoundland Labrador followed by explosions deep in our oceans and on and on and on…by then these newly constructed pipelines and the technology monitoring them will have aged enough to start the leaking. Pity.
Realize something. We are pathetic examples of a so-called ‘enlightened society’. When the choice involves money we simply don’t give a damn about human rights or rights of the planet. Period.
And this controlling dominant pyramid scheme culture we see today (nationalist/populist whatever) is different from…and in fact, it is incompatible with indigenous culture. Do not expect our ways to be their ways. Try as hard as you may to throw them in but the melting pot is not all inclusive.
This land is not our land. This land is their land. We are uninvited guests doing as we wish with zero consideration to our hosts. Except for the odd gifts of trinkets and bobbles.
As Standing Rock was cleared by the government military on behalf of corporate desires we see some hope. And it is honorable. From a #nodapl thread:
Passionate water protector. The fight isn’t over. Wopila tanka, Raymond Kingfisher (gave closing prayer/marched out of camp) #MniWiconi https://t.co/3W8A8ZgMzz
Some call this local band ‘the best band to never make it big’. Here is an (obviously) late 70’s cover of the Stones’ classic song dealing with supression.
Streetheart – Under My Thumb – 1979
February 23, 2017
Act like tigers. Fate of sacrificial lambs.
Guess that leads us to the ‘paper tiger’ syndrome which is upon us. The time is rapidly approaching where we will be forced to confront that which we so vehemently deny. And because of weak leadership, weak education, weak corporate systems, weak religion, weak environmental sensitivities, weak societies, we will collapse like paper tigers.
Paper tiger – something that seems strong but cannot withstand serious challenge.
I have always played this ‘chicking the strings’: D,Bm,G,A…but play it any way you choose.
Paper Tiger – Sue Thompson – 1965
Yt post by Hollywoodagogo
February 22, 2017
As we sit and collectively twiddle whilst watching the difference between wrong and right crumble before our glazed, sacrificial eyes…I think of a song:
Counting Crows – Round Here
It’s been said ad nauseum but here it is for an encore: “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get nowhere if you just sit there.” Honest. True Dat.
Also, be aware that the ‘right track’ is the opposite track if you are going the other direction. Understand? Trop compliqué? No wonder they just sit there!
February 21, 2017
LS is an Anishinaabe artist who’s first album ‘Rez Poetry’ quietly turned heads.
We all come from, and will return to, the same water – the same stardust.
The words of this song from his 2013 Rez Poetry album cut like a knife:
Leonard Sumner – Best of Me
Leonard Sumner official website- http://www.leonardsumner.com
February 20, 2017
The homeland is right here. One for all.
On a day known in some circles as Presidents Day we celebrate the Manitoba Nation’s founding father: Louis Riel.
A leader who believed in a homeland for all. A well educated speaker of Cree, French, English and Latin. One of Turtle Island’s first who fought the opressive hand of both the military and the coddled colonial elites of the time.
Hey. Is Wab playing a Taylor?
Indian City Live – Supernation
February 20, 2017
Above: Keeping it Riel on Manitoba’s Bloodvein River.
Classic Canadian river waltz from the NFB. A song written by Wade Hemsworth. Sung by the two and only Kate and Anna McGarrigle.
February 19, 2017
Cults. From the Branch Davidians to the Manson Family, Peoples’ Temple, to the kkk and of course, the Lust for Gold.
Ever get the feeling that sole mission of the “cult 45” is to get inside our heads?? And stay there…as a permanent distraction.
All we have to do is pay attention to the wrong stuff in our lives. What a sad way to spend our valuable time.
Here’s a thought. From Willie Nelson no less…yes, I said Willie Nelson! (Keep it simple stupid):
Once you replace negative
thoughts with positive ones,
you will start having positive
I think right now we are being carpet bombed with negative b.s.
Love these ‘loft sessions’.
Attica Riots – Give it to me