Coast Salish artist creates surreal images of greed, pollution and pipelines


At first glance, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun’s work reflects his Coast Salish and Okanagan heritage. Vibrant colours combine with cultural references in the forms of masks, animals and totems.

But on deeper inspection it tells stories of colonialism, corporate greed and pollution — just to name a few.

“You’re looking at the landscape that is just butchered and destroyed and the shaman is standing there going, ‘I can help you, I can heal your soul. But all the things you’re looking at, I can’t fix that,'” Yuxweluptun said, describing his painting Shaman Comes to Fix. It currently hangs in Ottawa’s National Gallery.

A retrospective of his work, called Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun: Unceded Territories, is currently on display at Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology. The opening was the biggest in the museum’s history, with over 2,000 people in attendance.

Yuxweluptun has been painting his environmental concerns now for over 40 years, and his work has been compared to that of surrealist Salvador Dali.

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He cites clear cutting, climate change and oil pipelines as inspiration for the themes in his work.

“As an artist, our job description is the world,” he said. “And these are things that the world has to [deal] with.”

Lately, Yuxweluptun has been painting what he called “super predators” in paintings like Fish Farmers They Have Sea Lice and Christy Clark and the Kinder Morgan Go-Go Girls.

“And that’s my job… is to talk to the world, to enlighten the world, to entertain the world, to make them happy, to make them sad, to make them think,” he said.

“That’s what I like to do, is to think in existential ways to allow people to say, ‘Yeah, we can change, we can make this a better world.’ And that takes time.”
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Robert Redford: I Stand with the Standing Rock Sioux


Written by Robert Redford: Robert Redford is an actor, director and trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council

Something all too familiar is happening in North Dakota right now: Once again, Native Americans are being asked to accept a raw deal.

The short version is this: a private energy company, Energy Transfer Partners, is building a pipeline that runs from North Dakota to Illinois like a 1,200-mile zipper that cuts across four states. If completed, the Dakota Access Pipeline will carry nearly half a million barrels of oil each day across the watersheds the Standing Rock Sioux tribe use for drinking water. Now, thousands of Native Americans have gathered at one of the most controversial sections of the proposed pipeline’s path and are staging a 24/7 protest. They’ve created a settlement in the middle of their North Dakota home to try to prevent the pipeline from being finished.

The pipeline’s existence and its proposed path are each “legal,” of course. Permits were filed. Proposals were considered. A previous route much closer to Bismarck—a primarily white city—was scrapped amid concerns for its citizens’ health and well-being, and a new “more acceptable” route was carved through the home of the Standing Rock Sioux. In short, it’s the business as usual that helps private corporations get what they want in most of the United States, often at the expense of Native Americans.

But if this is legal, one must seriously question the laws of the land. They are laws that prioritize the profits of energy companies over the rights of people who actually have to live on the land, drink its water and eat its food.

The net result is that yet another Native American tribe is being asked to suffer yet again for the “good” of the rest of the country.

But who is this deal good for? There is one winner (Energy Transfer Partners) and about 7 billion losers (everyone else). Climate change is altering how we think about resource use forever, because bad resource use now affects every single one of us. Once burned, the carbon that the proposed DPAL pipeline carried will continue warming our world for years.

We can’t go back in time. We can’t unburn the carbon we’ve burnt—just as we can’t go back in time and change how we as a nation treated Native Americans. But what we can do is try, with all of our might, to break from our country’s tradition of deception and dishonesty in its treatment of its native people, and our deception and dishonesty about the true costs of fossil fuels. Often times—as is the case with the DAPL pipeline—the two are intertwined.

The time has come to recognize and name the fossil fuel industry for what it is: a clear and present danger to the health, prosperity and national security of all of our nation’s people.

National Security? Yes. A recent article in the New York Times reveals that because of climate change many cities on our Eastern Seaboard—including Norfolk, Virginia, home of Naval Station Norfolk, the world’s largest naval base—are having to cope with regular floods that 100 years ago were unheard of.

The Standing Rock protest is trying to prevent a pipeline from being built in North Dakota. But what we need to ask ourselves sooner rather than later is this: Should new pipelines be built at all? Thousands of people are actually going to North Dakota to support the Sioux. But anyone can help in other ways. You can give money. You can contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp Legal Defense Fund or to the Sacred Stone Camp gofundme account. You can give time by making phone calls. Call North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple at 701-328-2200 and politely share your opinion, or call the White House at 202-456-1111 and politely tell President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline. Though not all of us are able to go to North Dakota and actually stand with Standing Rock, we can stand united. We can be a sea of people, rising up together to prevent the seas from rising and our history of mistreatment of Native Americas from repeating. The Sioux people of North Dakota aren’t just fighting for their homes and their water. They’re fighting for our homes and water, our families and futures, our children’s chances for a habitable home.
Written by Robert Redford for Time Magazine

Activists in Spain want to take down the statue of Christopher Columbus


A group of city council members in Barcelona wants to take down the famous statue of Christopher Columbus in the town center, arguing that it inappropriately celebrates the explorer’s colonial history.

The memorial of the Italian explorer, which stands 197 ft. tall, was built for the Barcelona Universal Exposition in 1888. It features a bronze statue of Columbus atop a column, with a base decorated with figures from Spanish history.

The same Barcelona council members are also calling for the city to stop celebrating a national Spanish holiday on Oct. 12 commemorating Columbus’s first arrival in the Americas.

Columbus Day in the U.S. is celebrated on the second Monday in October, although some cities observe the national holiday as Indigenous Peoples Day instead.

The image of Columbus is not the only monument on their hitlist: the councillors also want the statue of the merchant and slave trader Antonio López y López, Marquis of Comillas, removed from its plinth outside the post office building.

In its place, the trio propose a monument to commemorate the victims of the slave trade.

José María González, the Podemos-backed mayor of the southern city of Cádiz, tweeted: “We never discovered America; we massacred and suppressed a continent and its cultures in the name of God.”
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More And More Cities And States Abolish Columbus Day


Colleges, cities, small towns, and even states are changing the name of the controversial holiday, and if the trend continues it may be gone completely.

On the second Monday of October, many businesses in the United States will be closed for a federal holiday officially known as Columbus Day.

Businesses in the entire state of Alaska, however, will be closed for Indigenous Peoples Day, after Gov. Bill Walker renamed the holiday last year. The city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, will also celebrate its first Indigenous Peoples’ Day, after the City Council voted unanimously in June to change the name of a holiday whose namesake, they decided, was not worthy of celebrating.

Most recently, a student petition at nearby Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts has called on the administration to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day, as a growing number of local governments and universities have done in the past few years.

Many cities have cast off the traditional holiday named for Columbus, the Italian explorer whose accidental arrival on American shores in 1492 led to the extermination of native populations.

Berkeley, California has been honoring those native populations since 1992, when the city celebrated its first Indigenous Peoples Day. Seattle has celebrated Indigenous Peoples Day since 2014, the same year that Minneapolis decided to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day (there is, as the New York Times noted last year, some disagreement about whether and where an apostrophe belongs in the renamed holiday).

As of last year, the second Monday of October in Portland and Albuquerque is known as Indigenous Peoples Day, and as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the cities of Carrboro, North Carolina and San Fernando, California. Brown University, which had called the holiday Fall Weekend since 2009, will celebrate its first Indigenous People’s Day this year.

Brown is the only Ivy League school to officially recognize Indigenous People’s Day, though students at Cornell University–which has a fall break that weekend–called on the administration to do so this past spring. Harvard is the only Ivy that continues to officially observe Columbus Day (though several communities within the school refer to it as Indigenous Peoples Day instead), while the remaining five Ivies hold classes that day.

Washington and California are among 22 states that don’t recognize the second Monday in October as a paid holiday, according to the Council of State Governments. Hawaii celebrates the neutral Discoverers’ Day, while the holiday has been known as Native Americans’ Day in South Dakota since 1990.

A number of other cities have altered Columbus Day celebrations, holding unofficial community gatherings in honor of Italian-American or indigenous populations.

Congress has not taken up the issue, but in a year that has seen so many symbolic name changes at universities, other schools will surely follow Brandeis University in the coming weeks ahead of the contested holiday.
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The White House Wants Government Consultations with 567 Native American Tribes


The Dakota pipeline protests have brought treaty rights into the national spotlight. Now the federal government may finally start to honor them.

In what is being hailed as a “historic” move, the Obama administration invited hundreds of Native American tribes on Friday to particpate in consultations in order to find solutions to protect and honor treaty rights and ensure meaningful consultations for any infrastructure project that may affect tribes.

The U.S. Departments of the Army, Interior and Justice sent the invitation for government-to-government consultations following a Sept. 9 decision to halt any construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline on federal lands. The 1,168 mile pipeline extending across four states from North Dakota to Illinois has drawn the ire of Native American tribes who say their treaty, land and cultural rights are being violated by the project – which they say they were also not properly consulted on. As a result, thousands of tribal members from across the country, along with supporters, have been camping out in North Dakota, as well as protesting in other states, in what has been described as the largest Native American mobilization in decades.

“The Obama Administration’s call for national reform on this issue is a historic moment,” Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II said in a statement, adding, “This invitation is a good start but the government has a lot more to do to permanently protect the millions of people who rely on the Missouri River for water and who are put at serious risk because of this pipeline.”

Federal agencies are looking for “meaningful tribal input into infrastructure-related reviews and decisions, to protect tribal lands, resources, and treaty rights.”

“Recent events have highlighted the need for a broader review and consultation as to how prospectively, Federal decision making on infrastructure projects can better allow for timely and meaningful input,” read the letter inviting tribes to a number of consultation sessions around the country.

Many of these issues have been deep and ongoing concerns of groups in opposition to the controversial US$3.7 billion pipeline, which is set to cross federal and private lands in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois.

Thousands have stood in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, who say that the pipeline will damage the local environment and contaminate local water supplies, specifically the Missouri River, and run through Native American sacred sites, including burial grounds.

“We have already seen the damage caused by a lack of consultation. The ancient burial sites where our Lakota and Dakota ancestors were laid to rest have been destroyed,” said Archambault. “The desecration of family graves is something that most people could never imagine.”

The invitation was extended to all 567 federally recognized tribes on behalf of a number of federal agencies, including the Department of the Interior and the Department of Justice.

“We understand that Tribal Nations’ voices must be heard, in a timely and meaningful way, with regard to Federal decisions that could affect their treaties, homelands, environment, cultural properties, and sacred sites,” the joint agency letter said.

The first of seven consultation sessions are planned to start on Oct. 11 across Arizona, Washington, New Mexico, Montana, Minnesota and South Dakota.

Native American tribes and environmentalists have vowed to continue the fight against the pipeline until the project is permanently suspended.
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Andrew Bartzis – Galactic Historian Concept Origin – To Checkmate the Elimination of Indigenous Oral Teachers


Andrew’s Event Site:
http://andrewbartzis.com/events/

Galactic History Visual Concept:
http://www.servantoftruth.org/galacti…

I offer perspectives of Andrew with the intent as being a Brother in the Trenches of truth with him. For me, after enormous information based searching. I have found him and his offerings to be so far beyond anyone out there. I offer in the ways I do to make it easier to find. Now. Having had many linear reality time interactions that few will get the chance to have going forth. And, going through my own information journey. I offer a lot of his nuggets of what I consider wisdom that may be hidden or lost due to the volumes offered and the fact that most interested in his perspectives now also have little precious time surviving the reality at present…..

In this collection of clips…..

I offer him being asked back in mid 2013 what the concept of the Galactic Historian is as per his name. It is fascinating. Too improbable to make up. But, again with much he offers. No one close as yet to be able to offer a confirmation.

I find the concept that the Universe births a being that can Checkmate the Systematic Elimination of Cultures who as a Harmonic Representation of life on Earth. Had beings called Oral Teachers. Who tapped into the Crystal Akashic Earth History to teach their people. Extremely Valid. And, a balance to the efforts of Domination and Control in a Freewill Universe…..I invite you to…..Maybe see you in September also…..Enjoy

My Website:
http://www.servantoftruth.org

Children of the Rainbow ~ Rainbow Prophecy Part 1


 

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“When the earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds and who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. They will be known as the warriors of the rainbow.” — Old Native American Prophecy

5th World of Peace: Rainbow Prophecy

“When the Time of the White Buffalo approaches, the third generation of the White Eyes’ children will grow their hair and speak of love as the healer of the Children of the Earth. These children will seek new ways of understanding themselves and others. They will wear feathers and beads and paint their faces. They will seek the Elders of the Red Race and drink of their wisdom. These white-eyed children will be a sign that the Ancestors are returning in white bodies, but they are Red on the inside. They will learn to walk the Earth Mother in balance again and reform the idea of the white chiefs. These children will be tested as they were when they were Red ancestors by unnatural substances like firewater to see if they can remain on the Sacred Path.

The generation of Flower Children have moved through this part of the prophecy and some have remained on the Sacred Path. Others were lost for a while and are now returning to the natural way of being. Some were disillusioned and have forgotten the high ideals that gave them life when their hearts were young, but others still are waking up and quickening into remembering.

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Grandmother Cisi would look at me with her obsidian eyes piercing my soul when she spoke of the Whirling Rainbow Prophecy, and I would feel my heart skip a beat and then fill with promise and love. She would tell me about the return of the Buffalo to Turtle Island and how the herds would once again be numerous. After the time when the Buffalo returned, the generation following the Flower Children would see the dawning of the Fifth World of Peace.” — Navajo / Hopi Prophecy of the Whirling Rainbow
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“There will come a day when people of all races, colors, and creeds will put aside their differences. They will come together in love, joining hands in unification, to heal the Earth and all Her children. They will move over the Earth like a great Whirling Rainbow, bringing peace, understanding and healing everywhere they go. Many creatures thought to be extinct or mythical will resurface at this time; the great trees that perished will return almost overnight. All living things will flourish, drawing sustenance from the breast of our Mother, the Earth.

The great spiritual Teachers who walked the Earth and taught the basics of the truths of the Whirling Rainbow Prophecy will return and walk amongst us once more, sharing their power and understanding with all. We will learn how to see and hear in a sacred manner. Men and women will be equals in the way Creator intended them to be; all children will be safe anywhere they want to go. Elders will be respected and valued for their contributions to life. Their wisdom will be sought out. The whole Human race will be called The People and there will be no more war, sickness or hunger forever.” –Navajo / Hopi Prophecy of the Whirling Rainbow

 

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Rainbow Warriors, the future lies within your hands!

“Among the few who possess inner strength to resist the mass unconsciousness will rise a new neo-indigenous people. Prophecies foretell of a people who will rise from earth’s ashes like the Thunderbird, symbolizing rebirth. They will bring balance and harmony back to Mother Earth. The first of these beings will come as teachers and storytellers to remind us of ancient truths of the star people and beyond. They will be pathfinders leading the way to a new universe, a new reality.

Great leaders, Warriors and Shamans of many nations will be born and they will cleanse the earth for rebirth. Next will come the Planters sowing seeds of truth, justice and freedom. The Storytellers, Warriors and Planters will live in the way of the Great Spirit and teach ways to keep Mother of the Ground sacred forevermore. They will be called Rainbow Warriors for they will gather the four sacred directions, all distinctly separate but forever connected in the Circle of Life.” — Lee Standing Bear Moore, Manataka American Indian Council

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“There is truth in the prophecies of the Rainbow and the Rainbow people. People from all of the Americas will unite with people from all the other nations, and they will realize that we are all Family, brothers and sisters. This is not my personal vision, but the cosmic vision presented by all the elders, a vision that we all share.” — Don Alejandro Cirilo Perez, Maya Elders Council, Guatemala

“As Native Americans, we believe the Rainbow is a sign from the Spirit in all things. It is a sign of the union of all people, like one big family. The unity of all humanity, many tribes and peoples, is essential.” — Late Thomas Banyacya, Spokesman, Hopi traditional elders, Hotevilla

“This difficult time has seen the beginning of a new nation of multicolored beings. The seeds of the four directions have mixed together to create the first Rainbow people. It is written in time and in the memory of the Indian peoples that our sun will rise again, that we will be able to reestablish our culture: its arts, sciences, mathematics and religion. Mayan knowledge will come forward again. It is for this reason that we, of the Amerindian communities, are once again uniting to reestablish our entire culture.” — Hunbatz Men, Hereditary keeper of the Mayan tradition

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“Native prophecies say that mixed-blood and white people who grew their hair long and wore beads would come to the Native healers and ask for guidance… The prophecies say that they would return as the Rainbow people in bodies of different colors: red, white, yellow and black. The old ones said that they would return and unite to help restore balance to the Earth. The story of these Rainbow Warriors is told by many peoples in many different ways. We feel that we are in that time now when the Rainbow Warriors are coming about. So it is a time where we have to acknowledge that we are all human beings upon the same planet and that’s what the Rainbow Warriors are all about.” — Late Sun Bear, Ojibway Teacher, Founder of the Bear Tribe Medicine Society

“In this prophecy, these people would wear feathers and beads and communicate with the flowers. The flowers would guide them and support them as they walked their life paths… This also would be a time when all the esoteric teachings of the world’s traditions will be revealed, so there will be no secrets, no reason to fear each other, or to be in conflict. This is certainly what is happening now. Not everyone has the strength or disposition to be a warrior. Many are Rainbow Walkers… They are walking across the Rainbow bridge to a new time.” — Oh Shinnah Fastwolf, Medicine Woman, Tineh (Apache) , Mohawk and Scottish origins.

“We have the opportunity to build a Rainbow bridge into the Golden Age. But to do this, we must do it together with all the colors of the Rainbow, with all the peoples, all the beings of the world. We who are alive on Earth today are the Rainbow Warriors who face the challenge of building this bridge.” — Brooke Medicine Eagle, Daughter of the Rainbow, Crow and Lakota

Image result for children of the rainbow“The Rainbow is a form of illumination for mankind… One of the signs that our elders looked for in ancient times was a perfect Rainbow, a perfect one… Some of our old people could summon up the Rainbow the way the Native American medicine people could bring the rain. As soon as the Rainbow appeared, our elders would look at it closely, carefully, for little flaws. Were all the colors perfect? Did the Rainbow arc from one place on the Earth to the other or was it incomplete? They’d size it up carefully. That way they would see if Boamie, the Rainbow Serpent, needed something, if it was damaged or incomplete in some ways… The Rainbow will be perfect again as soon as the Sacred Hoop closes, as soon as the Golden Circle of the new world is complete… The Rainbow will again encircle the Earth perfectly, as it was in the beginning.” — Late Lorraine Mafi-Williams, Spokeswoman, Council of Australian Aboriginal Elders, Wollumbini

“In the time of the Seventh Fire, a New People would emerge. They would retrace their steps to find the wisdom that was left by the side of the trail long ago. Their steps would take them to the elders, who they would ask to guide them on their journey. If the New People remain strong in their quest, the sacred drum will again sound its voice. There will be an awakening of the people, and the sacred fire will again be lit. At this time, the light-skinned race will be given a choice between two roads. One road is the road of greed and technology without wisdom or respect for life. This road represents a rush to destruction. The other road is spirituality, a slower path that includes respect for all living things. If we choose the spiritual path, we can light yet another fire, an Eight Fire, and begin an extended period of Peace and healthy growth.” — Grandfather William Commanda, Chief of the Indians of the Americas, Founder, Circle of All Nations Prophecy of the Seven Fires of the Anishnabe, From Ancient Wampum Belt

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Together we, “the children of the rainbow”, the returning ancestors, restore the garden, fulfilling our missions, recreating heaven on earth.

“E Na Opio O Anuenue” is “Children of the Rainbow” in Hawaiian, and refers to the returning ancestors, those beings from around the world who answer the call home to Kauai. The returning ancestors in some of the universal prophecies are called the Children of the Rainbow because they come in all colors of the rainbow. The vision of the restoration of the garden has been revealed through written and oral histories of cultures around the world. This mission, to recreate heaven on earth, has been remembered by many of the founding members and elders as part of their spiritual awakening.

To assist the restoration of heaven on earth by preserving sacred land, establishing and maintaining spiritual sanctuaries, all of which are to be held in perpetuity for all people and future generations.
“Mni Wiconi: Sioux for Water is Life.”.

WHEEL of WHOLENESS: Esoteric Maya Teachings of the Medicine Wheel, the Circle of Life or the Sacred ZERO


Great share submitted by DP, mahalo nui!

 

The Sacred Wheel is the framework of all Life and the Universes,  to know the Wheel is to know yourself.
~Raven Dreamdancer

http://whole-earth.tv/wheel.html

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http://whole-earth.tv/wheel.html

The Medicine Wheel has many names, the Circle of Law, the Circle of Democracy (the constitution of America was originally based on the Maya Medicine Wheel), the Circle of Life, the Wheel of Mathematics, the Wheel of Balance….(In Dutch Levenswiel)
You can find these Teachings of the Zero Chiefs and the story of the Maya’s and their migration through Turtle Island in the third book “Lightningbolt” by Hyemeyohsts Storm. This exodus spread the Zero-teachings of the Maya all over the America’s where they can be found in the traditions of the Native American peoples. Storm was given the mission by the last Zero Chief and Holy Woman Grandmother Estcheemah to reassemble all these teachings, it took him years to locate all the information hidden in belts, songs, shields etc.

His first book “Seven Arrows” published in 1972 constitutes a remarkable turning point of restoring worldwide respect for the deep esoteric knowledge of the Native American peoples and returning dignity to Native roots.The book has known more reprints than the telephone book and has been translated into many languages the world over.
Hyemeyohsts Storm website

In 1995 the Storm’s taught in twelve cities in the U.S. and then travelled abroad and taught in England, Germany and culminated their teaching in Israel – where they addressed the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv. During their tour they were honored with the title: Ambassadors of the Earth.

See this beautiful winning website (at the time) about this Maya Teaching Event in the Netherlands in 1998 organised by Venus*TV and the Students of Shamanism of the Rainbow Circle.

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~ There are many Quiets
but the one that awakens Remembrance
is by far the greatest ~

 

 

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Excerpt of this Maya Teaching Event by Hyemeyohsts Storm & Swan from 1998:

We are blessed to live on our beautiful Earth. Yet, in our time, the fragility of our continued existence on Earth is awakening humanity to our urgent need to learn of and respect the Natural Laws and Balance of our Living Planet. In the ancient Americas, sophisticated teachers and healers called Zero Chiefs have existed who first discovered the Earth Science and Spiritual Philosophy called the Way of the Medicine Wheels. This ancient Knowledge reveals in brilliant depth and detail the profound relationship between humans and our Living Planet.The Teachings of the Zero Chiefs speak to all races, religions and cultures because they reveal, in sophisticated detail, HOW we humans relate physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually with our Living Earth. Seven Arrows has been widely recognized as an irreplaceable resource for many Universities and Clinics and an invaluable guide to psychologists, counselors, psychiatrists, physicians, nurses, healers, professors, ministers, lawyers, artists and thinkers around the world.

At the foundation of the Medicine Wheel teachings is the recognition of the most quintessential balance in all of Creation – that which exists between female and male – and how that balance can and must be restored to bring healing to our troubled world.

http://whole-earth.tv/wheel.html

The Students of Shamanism of the Rainbow Circle

(Werkgroep De Cirkel) was founded in September 1983 in Amsterdam by Debora Chömpff a.k.a Raven Dreamdancer.
This informal and organic group organised shamanic retreats, workshops, education trainings, lectures and courses by inviting shamans from different cultural background. They also took care of having many books on shamanism translated.
Since 1988 in and from the Rainbow Atelier/Studio in Amsterdam.

Workshops/courses by Raven Dreamdancer in Shamanism:
* Transformation days or weekends:
Consisting of the Medicine Wheel teachings, the Inner-family Circle, Trance-dance & healing methods ended by a Sweatlodge.
Other trainings & healings:
* Exploring nature within through the Sacred Medicine Wheel.
* Balancing the Inner Family.
* Medicine Wheel Meditations
* Inner Quest in Nature
* Soul-alignmentDiverse sound & vibration healings, concerts, workshops, performances and trainings.
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to the wisdom of the child within us all,
to the exquisite poetry of silence,
to our natural luminous awareness,
and to joy and freedom.
   Merilyn Tunneshende
The Sound shaman messenger of heaven and earth
Traveller of realities of tonal & nagual
Underworld, midworld & upperworld
catalyst, healer, soul aligner/attuner

This image of the different energies I saw in a training session
with Joska Soos when I remembered my occurances
during my vision quest in 1983.

   Raven Dreamdancer
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The path of Soul

Raven Dreamdancer

A Peruvian Shaman Shares 6 Spirit Animal Allies for Guidance, Healing & Wisdom


A Peruvian Shaman Shares 6 Spirit Animal Allies for Guidance, Healing & Wisdom
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By Amy Mermaid Isakov

The world we now live in may be vastly different from that of our ancestors’, however we have access to the same powerful guidance for healing and navigating difficult situations….

Nature often finds ways of reminding us we are not alone, and one of the more common ways it does this is through animal encounters.

Whether it’s the birds at your birdfeeder, a sighting in the wild, or a persistent image on a billboard, there are many “signs” that the universe is conspiring to support you.

And when you’re feeling frustrated, stuck or lost, consider the wisdom imparted by my teacher don Oscar Miro-Quesada through the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition (PMT), which features an evolving practice of inner and outer activities for restoring balance and harmony to our relationships with All That Is.

This Peruvian-based, cross-cultural path of “universal shamanism” reminds us we are in a sacred intimate relationship with the Great Web of Life, which includes a unique kinship with all animals.

don Oscar shares, “Identification with a particular animal as the source of one’s shamanic healing power is considered a deep honor and privilege, and it accounts for the widespread presence of totemic animal allies among shamanic peoples.”

“As a Pachakuti Mesa Tradition practitioner,” he continues, “the ritual invocation of the spirit assistance of any animal ally who corresponds to a direction on our altar ground, affords an extraordinary opportunity for healing of self and others.”

don Oscar gives an example of sustaining a clear, detailed image of a dolphin or whale (see below) in your consciousness when you’re feeling emotionally distraught, to rapidly shift your experience of anxiety to one of “open-hearted trust in the fluid beauty of these exquisite swimmers.”

The same principle applies to each shamanic power animal associated with a Pachakuti mesa (altar) direction…

And here are 6 such animal allies who are proven facilitators of body, heart, spirit, mind or soul healing and transformation in this tradition, and can help support you with challenges you may face:

Boa

Human Attribute:  Physical Action, Hard Work

Medicine: Life Force Energy

Related Totems: Anaconda

Seeing snakes often triggers an emotional response, especially if we encounter one walking in the woods or by a river. The snake is one ambassador of the realm of Earth, of embodiment. The physical plane can sometimes feel burdensome and in need of a boost of life force. Let boa help you to bring what you dream to the physical plane, to transform, and to do the hard work it takes to reach your goals.

ABOUT BOA:

The Boa is a strong and powerful animal that obtains its prey and moves across the earth and through the forest canopy with the incredible strength of its physical body. For this reason, Boa is a powerful totem of the physical plane. A true representative of Life and transformation, Boa sheds what no longer serves in order to grow. Boa is also an ally found throughout the world where healers and masters of the earthly realm are found. This beautiful and powerful being brings you deep into your senses and reminds you that hard work is required to gain mastery.

BOA’S ELEMENT:

Boa is a totem of the south direction and represents the element of earth.  The earth grounds us to that which is tangible and is the source and end place of our bodies, the cradle and the grave. This polarity can invite a look into the polarities of the positive and the perceived negative aspects in yourself. The element of earth speaks to befriending those so-called “negative” aspects so you can stand confidently in truth in this dimension.

WHAT BOA CAN HELP:

Boa can be a great guide for you if you are suffering from physical imbalances such as fatigue, sluggishness, lack of motivation, laziness, or being out of physical shape.  At the other end of physical polarity, boa may be highlighting that you are overly focused on the physical or being materialistic. Because Boa is a totem of transformation, it can also be a great ally if you are feeling stuck, resigned, or disconnected from your natural regenerative nature.

BOA MEDICINE FOR YOU:

Boa will illuminate a path of work, transformation, and healing. If Boa comes into your life you may want to look into how you are growing, transforming, and manifesting your work in the physical world. Are you working too much or too little? Do you need to be caring for your physical body better so that you can make your dreams a reality? Or perhaps you are too focused on work or the physical and need to find balance. What do you need to shed so you can grow?

If you are fearful of snakes, perhaps you might ask yourself if hard work or other physical elements of your world are dominating you or creating fear or blockages in your life. Sit with this fear and allow it to inform you.

Dolphin

Human Attribute:  Compassion

Medicine: Heart Medicine

Related Totems: Whale

A dolphin encounter inspires awe, magic and an expansive sense of joy and playfulness. Your heart is at the core of your being and the center of your life. Heart connections with others bring your greatest joy and deepest pain. Let Dolphin be your guide as you journey into your heart so you can feel the joy, connection, compassion and freedom which is your birthright.

ABOUT DOLPHINS:

Dolphins are social, communicative, with a deep connection to the emotional body. Your companions of the sea are here to remind you to be playful, to speak with an open heart, and to connect with your family, friends and community so that you, and they, receive deep blessings.

DOLPHIN’S ELEMENT:

The dolphin is your messenger and speaks to you through the emotional element water. Water is the source of all life and the home of munay — unlimited and unconditional love. Let your dolphin support you in touching the depth of your feelings so that you can help face, embrace, and compassionately navigate the complex and beautiful world of emotions to the benefit of yourself and others.

HOW DOLPHIN CAN HELP:

The dophin can be a particularly good ally for you in areas of your life and your relationships where you feel disharmony or stress between you and others. If you are feeling depressed, numb, broken-hearted, isolated, disconnected or alone, dolphin medicine can help you align with what you need to help guide you back home.

DOLPHIN MEDICINE FOR YOU:

Dolphin medicine can also illuminate the higher knowing of your emotions. When you invite the presence of Dolphin, you will be given support to seek out the company of loved ones and become more present to the company you keep.

The dolphin invites you to ask:

  • Are you in need of a reconnection or more time with friends or family members?
  • Have you been shutting someone out of your life that you should be letting in?
  • Are you keeping company which frazzles, devalues or drains you?
  • Dolphin will guide you to trust what you are feeling emotionally to find the harmony you seek.

Dolphin as a guide can also be reminding you to play, dance, have child-like fun, and take the events of your life just a little less seriously. Water could also be powerful healing medicine to you now. Perhaps a playful swim in a river, lake, the ocean or a hot bath is just what you need!

Hummingbird

Human Attribute: Wholeness (Huñuy)

Medicine: Uniter, bridger, unifier

Catalyst for Soul Evolution

A hummingbird encounter is like seeing a fairy. Freedom, beauty and loving kindness are ignited all around. Let hummingbird be your guide as you journey on the path of your soul’s greatest mission to live in the rainbow light of connection and compassion, and to become a source of nectar for the world.

ABOUT HUMMINGBIRD:

Hummingbird has always been a reminder of pure beauty and simple awe. Swift, still, mesmerizing, beautiful and sweet, the hummingbird calls us into right relationship with the world around us. Unlike other birds, humans don’t want to capture and cage the hummingbird, they want to feed it. The pre-columbian peoples of the Andes, like the Moche and the Chavin, recognized her as an emissary of Light. She carried the first imprint of human kind into creation. Strongly associated with the rainbow, she is a conveyor of illumination of mystical elation, a psychopomp (guide of souls), a communicator. She awakens the rainbow body.

HUMMINGBIRD’S ELEMENT:

The hummingbird’s abode is the Kusi Chaka. Kusi means happiness, bliss, joy. Chaka is bridge. In physical form, the home of the royal hummingbird was the Kusi Temple of Gold, and from this pure heart of light she would go to the gardens to cross pollinate the flowers which give rise to life. She can be present in all pachas, or levels of existence. Hummingbird prefered to hangout in the temple of the sun in cusco. She is associated with all manifestations of light in the world.

WHAT HUMMINGBIRD CAN HELP:

Hummingbird represents the power to heal/harmonize disturbances in our relationship to our soul’s evolution. For those who seek to truly be of service, the hummingbird can remind us of the profound joy available in simply being the “hollow bone,” the empty vessel for spirit to kindle light in the world.

HUMMINGBIRD MEDICINE FOR YOU:

Through your encounter with the royal hummingbird, your shamanic awareness shall receive an influx of beauty and healing power. Cross pollinating your own beauty and love in the world. You become a source of sweetness and nectar in the world.

Condor

Human Attribute:  Intuition/Spiritual Intelligence

Medicine: Universal Light

Related Totems: Eagle

To see a bird as magnificent as the great condor is a moment one does not easily forget. In fact an encounter with any large raptor makes us draw breath deep into our bodies and wonder about what’s possible. There is a Truth beyond all truths that we hold inside of each of us. Let Condor’s clear vision and presence of spirit draw you into a deeper alignment with your intuition.

ABOUT CONDOR:

Condors fly high over the sky with vast perspective across the land. They have always been known as important messengers of spirit and gatekeepers between humans and the the world of mystery.  In fact, it is believed that the white collars donned by priests were originally inspired by the white collar of the spiritually-aligned condor.

Our winged relatives connect us to Spirit, to our intuition and to the Big Picture. When your earthwork can be guided by the presence of spirit and the clear vision of condor, you will naturally be drawn into a deeper alignment with your intuition, or spiritual intelligence, which will be available to serve not only you, but all beings. From this, it will be easy to live in the awareness that we are one human family descended from stardust.

CONDOR’S ELEMENT:

Condor speaks to you through the element of air. Air is birthplace of the great originating mystery and the element of  spiritual remembering, intuition, and pure possibility. It is also the place where communication is born and highlights the importance of the things that you say and how you listen and dialogue with others.

WHAT CONDOR CAN HELP:

The condor can be a particularly good ally for you if you are suffering from disharmony in the spiritual or transcendental realm. Perhaps you are feeling lost or disconnected, or maybe a vague dis-ease or aimlessness is eating at you. Or you have an inability to to trust your intuition or a fear of taking the leap towards what you know you must do.

CONDOR MEDICINE FOR YOU:

Condor medicine will illuminate the divine knowing within you so that you may learn to trust it once again. When inviting the presence of condor you will be given support to follow the subtle (and not-so-subtle) invitations from spirit so that you can be of best service. Is your gut telling you something that you have been ignoring? Have you been checking in with your intuition at all? Or, if you have, have you been unable to take the next step into what you know you must do? Perhaps condor is telling you to leap, lest the net shall appear.

If Condor has come into your life, consider the impact of communication in your life. Have you been communicating clearly and authentically from your heart in the ways you should be? Have you been listening and offering those important to you the opportunity for dialogue?

Air medicine can be a powerful force for those who are inviting in condor. You may want to look for ways to reap its benefits. Maybe a visit to a beach or hilltop where you can feel the breeze, or a breathwork practice, such as pranayama, would be of service to you. Condor reminds you that you are a palate for the divine impulse of creation. The more you open the channels to that impulse in your life, the more beauty truth and goodness is possible in the world.

Puma

Human Attribute:  Wisdom

Medicine: Medicine of The Higher Mind

Related Totems: Jaguar

If I encounter a puma or other large cat, a sense of regal reverence invites the body into a poised and relaxed state. The order and direction of your life can be so much bigger than you dare to dream. Let Puma be your guide as you journey into your higher mind to discover the universal awareness and wisdom that is the key to your true purpose and destiny.

ABOUT PUMA:

The graceful, strong, and elusive big cats are powerful totems and Puma is no exception. Pumas have a powerful presence of respect and surrender and, beyond all else, a razor sharp insight and awareness. That is why Puma is an ally of the mind and the psychic plane and is a messenger that can awaken you to the awareness of the vast and incredible power of the great universal wisdom.

As the adage goes, “The mind is a wonderful servant but a terrible master,” and Puma is the guide that reminds you of this. Because of the puma’s ability to see beyond ordinary perception, Puma has a knack for illuminating right order in your life and reminding you that your thoughts are destined to become tangible things in this world.

PUMA’S ELEMENT:

Puma is a totem of the east, the direction of sun (Inti), and Puma as a guide may speak to you through the sun or fire.  In its highest form the Puma represents the brilliant and illuminating servant of creation.

WHAT PUMA CAN HELP:

The Puma can be a particularly good ally for you if you are experiencing disharmony in your mind and thoughts. If you are suffering from anxiety, over-judgement, confusion, control issues, or are feeling like you are overanalyzing and stuck in the cogs of your own mind, Puma medicine may be just what you need to detach yourself and remember a higher truth.

PUMA MEDICINE:

Puma medicine can illuminate the importance of universal remembrance and support you in surrendering yourself to a higher order. When inviting the presence of Puma, you will be given support to head in the right direction and take the steps needed to move towards your highest destiny. Are you seeing the big picture in your life? Is there any way for you to pan out and connect with the greater order? What is the next step you need to take to pursue the highest order of things? These are the kinds of questions Puma can support you with.

If Puma has come into your life, the sun or element of fire may also be powerful medicine to you. In what ways can you honor the energies or gifts of the sun? Perhaps some time spent sunbathing, hiking on a sunny afternoon, or sitting by the fire could assist you in receiving the blessings you need.

Llama

Human Attribute:  Union/Integration

Medicine: Divine Cosmic Force

Related Totems: Alpaca

If you see a llama, you may find a sense of easy joy and comfort starts to become more accessible. Part of that is because they embody the truth that we are all a part of one fabric, the great whole, common in our own uniqueness. Let Llama be your guide on the journey to remembering your wholeness and to integrating with the great cosmic force that is everything.

ABOUT LLAMA:

Llama has always been a beautiful and dependable helper of humanity and without llama many cultures would surely have failed long before they made it into history books.  Agile, loving, supportive, trustworthy, and in-tune, llamas call you to your highest level of integration.
LLAMA’S ELEMENT:

The llama is a guardian of the 5th element, or the sacred rainbow. The sacred rainbow represents our common uniqueness and our integration as one with the universe — it reminds us that we are a woven rainbow sewn in the fabric of everything.

HOW LLAMA CAN HELP:

Llama represents the power to heal/harmonize disturbances of the soul/etheric plane.  Llama is an excellent ally if you are feeling divided, compartmentalized, or like you can’t really be yourself.  A common issue that llama helps to address is the feeling that you have to keep your spiritual life separate from your professional or personal lives.  Division in this way damages soul expression in all areas of life.

LLAMA MEDICINE FOR YOU:

Lamma as guide illuminates your wholeness and reminds you that you are already beautiful and whole. It can be helpful to think about this message in your life as existing inside the center of a wheel. If you stray out from the center onto any spoke in the wheel, the ride will become increasingly bumpy and chaotic. Any part of your life in which you may become separated from wholeness will have a similar effect.

If Llama comes into your life, this ally may be telling you to pull back from anything you may be over-invested in at the cost of wholeness. Are you throwing away the baby with the bathwater? Is the ride of your life feeling bumpy and chaotic? Perhaps you must find a way down the spoke and back to the center of the wheel to ground in the truth of who you are.

If llama comes into your life you may want to connect to the sacred rainbow element by eliciting joyfulness. Perhaps just watching a funny movie, doing something playful, and not taking yourself so seriously will be the right medicine for you to come back to your center. Llama wants you to remember that we live in a benevolent universe, willing and waiting to serve should we choose to allow it. You are already a part of it.


A “spirit animal” can also serve as a personal totem of sorts — a powerful presence which is both a protector and guide for you. It will change throughout your life and be unique to your current circumstances….

It’s a healing force, the “medicine” you need most to support you on your soul’s journey to living your full potention right now.

However, ALL totems remind us of essential aspects of ourselves. We are all works in process towards “re-membering” our wholeness, and while traditions all over the world have different ways of understanding the gifts or medicine of various animals, the Andean traditions of Peru open-heartedly offer this perspective to guide you home.

When an animal gets your attention, it has intentionally turned its volume up, switched its lights on, and is calling to you. Whether you answer the call is up to you.

I leave you with these final wise words from don Oscar on working with these powerful allies:

“The key is to dream like a child, living the magical bond between yourself and these sacred animal relations within our Great Web of Life. Dream freely my beloveds….”

PS – If you’re inspired by the insights included above, you’re invited to join don Oscar Miro-Quesada for a very special free online event, Royal Hummingbird Medicine.

 

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News Worth Celebrating: Megadam in the Heart of the Amazon Canceled!


Note: This victory was only made possible by the 1.2 million environmental activists & Earthkeepers around the world who participated in signing petitions protesting the construction of this megadam. So don’t believe the naysayers who say petitions are a waste of time, because they can really make a HUGE difference when we unite together en masse behind a cause. People power is one of the most powerful forces in the Universe!

Hence the reason “they” have created 1001 ways to divide us – fortunately the dark matrix is collapsing as humanity RE-Unites in heart and spirit!

Have a blessed weekend, aloha! Annette

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by Danicley de Aguiar

Thanks to all of you — more than 1.2 million people — who stood with the Munduruku Indigenous people and made this victory possible!

© Rogério Assis / Greenpeace

This Wednesday, I had barely had breakfast when I was surprised by some absolutely amazing news: the Brazilian environmental agency — IBAMA announced it would cancel the process for licensing the São Luiz do Tapajós (SLT) megadam in the heart of the Amazon. Once my heart rate returned to normal, I started to call my colleagues and Munduruku leaders, seeking confirmation.

Today, it’s official: The Brazilian environmental agency has cancelled the São Luiz do Tapajós megadam. It’s time to celebrate this incredible news!

I would like to thank all of you — more than 1.2 million people around the world — who stood with the Munduruku Indigenous People to say no to the SLT dam and pressure multinational companies like Siemens to distance themselves from the project.

You made this victory possible!

Munduruku children playing in the rain in Sawré Muybu village. Sawré Muybu village serves as headquarters for the action on March 18th, 2016. A 20x30 meters banner is to be opened near the Tapajós river, protesting against the construction of dams in the region. Warriors from other villages and Greenpeace activists gather in the village. A aldeia Sawré Muybu recebe os preparativos para a ação do dia 18/03/2016, em que um banner de 20x30 metros deve ser aberto próximo ao Rio Tapajós, em protesto à construção de hidrelétricas na região. Guerreiros de outras aldeias e ativistas do Greenpeace chegam à aldeia. 15/03/2016. Foto: Rogério Assis/Greenpeace.

Over these last months we truly believed that sooner or later IBAMA would need to recognize the megadam project’s significant environmental and social impacts in the region. Now, with IBAMA’s decision, the approval process for the megadam cannot move forward.

Other Brazilian agencies like FUNAI (National Indigenous Foundation) and federal public prosecutors in the Brazilian state of Pará had recommended that IBAMA cancel the license because the project would displace Munduruku communities, making it unconstitutional. Part of the Munduruku Indigenous land called Sawré Muybu – an area in the process of been officially recognized as Indigenous Land – would have been flooded by the dam.

Now that the megadam’s license has been cancelled, the Brazilian Ministry of Justice must recognize its obligation and move swiftly to officially demarcate the Sawré Muybu territory.

Although, we are celebrating this incredible victory, we know there is a lot more to do to keep the Tapajós and other Amazon rivers free from hydrodams. Our campaign has not finished yet!

There are 42 other hydrodam projects planned in the Tapajós basin and hundreds earmarked across the Amazon rainforest – part of an aggressive economic model that doesn’t consider the critical importance of protecting the Amazon forest and its inhabitants. Previous dams build in the Amazon have negatively impacted local communities, devastated the environment and even been mired in corruption scandals.

We need to stop them, one by one!

The Brazilian government plans to build a series of dams in the Tapajós River basin, which would severely threaten the fauna, flora and life of the Indigenous people living along the river. O governo brasileiro pretende construir uma série de barragens na bacia do rio Tapajós, que ameaçam gravemente a fauna, a flora e a vida dos povos indígenas que vivem ao longo do rio.

There is another way.

Brazil must focus on truly renewable energy and become a world leader in wind and solar.

With the right investments, it is possible to generate the same amount of energy that dams like São Luiz do Tapájós would produce, by harnessing the power of wind and sun.

Danicley de Aguiar

By Danicley de Aguiar

Danicley de Aguiar is an Amazon forest campaigner for Greenpeace Brazil.

http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/news-worth-celebrating-megadam-heart-amazon-cancelled/

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Hero: Obama Blocks Sale Of Sacred Apache Land To Foreign Mining Firm


Note: Victory for the Arizona Apache! Kudo’s to Obama for doing the right thing, it looked like the sacred site at Oak Flats would soon be opened to mining. But much to Mccain’s chagrin, the deal was blocked. Big smile🙂

May 25, 2016
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Over 300 Apache tribesmembers have occupied the site in protest since early 2015 in protest of the sale, determined to protect their ancestral grounds where girls hold their coming-of-age ceremonies. Apache spokesman Wendsler Nosie, Sr. wrote in a powerful letter to the Congressmen that the land of Oak Flats “has always been our connection to our Mother, our right to exist, a central part of our prayers, songs, stories and spiritual practices. It is from here that we emerged. It is who we are. We have lost so much.”

Gosar and Kirkpatrick were unmoved, however, motivated only by the demands of mining lobbyists and the allure of money. They orchestrated a shameful smear campaign that disputes the site’s sacred status and demanded that the Park Service declassify it as a protected area. The Obama Administration, through the Parks Service, instead designated it a historical district, effectively ending their efforts to mine holy grounds.

Gosar promptly threw a tantrum that will bring a smile to your face:

Shame on the Park Service and Forest Service for ramming a bogus historic place listing down the throats of Arizonans.

Clearly, the Obama Administration cares more about pandering to extremist environmental groups and a D.C. lobbyist from the Clinton Administration than following the law and listening to the American public. Oak Flat has never been a sacred site, as confirmed by the local tribe’s own former historian. Yet, Obama’s minions are hell-bent on sabotaging an important mining effort by listing a small, public campground 20 miles away from the nearest tribe’s reservation as a historic site.

President Obama and the Park Service have made a strong statement with their defense of Apache religion and the environment. It’s hard to imagine any politician arranging a shady deal to plunder a Christian or Jewish religious site – but clearly the victims of American genocide aren’t worthy of that respect in the eyes of Republicans.

Nothing may be sacred to Tea Partiers – but President Obama still knows where his priorities are.

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On the Precipice: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Lead Fight for Energy Independence


Tuesday, 12 July 2016 00:00 By Jason Coppola, Truthout

Lakota activist Phyllis Young speaks to members of Congress, scientists and representatives of the energy industry on Capital Hill alongside fellow Lakota activist Travis Hardin and eco-architect Timothy Maloney on November 2, 2015. (Photo: Wiyaka Chasing Hawk)Lakota activist Phyllis Young speaks to members of Congress, scientists and representatives of the energy industry on Capital Hill alongside fellow Lakota activist Travis Hardin and eco-architect Timothy Maloney on November 2, 2015. (Photo: Wiyaka Chasing Hawk)

“Once again, our grandmother, the Earth, has offered us, her children, the elements we need to survive. Will we listen?”—Russell Means 1939-2012.

According to a new study by NASA, rising temperatures and melting ice sheets are responsible for a redistribution of the Earth’s weight, causing a shift in the way the planet wobbles on its axis.

Warming ocean temperatures, now considered unstoppable, are responsible for unpredictable severe weather patterns, heat waves, drought, floods and reduced food supplies.

Antarctic ice has begun to melt and break apart. The collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet, also considered unstoppable, will eventually contribute to sea level rise by more than 10 feet, scientists warn. This collapse would leave cities such as New York, Boston, Miami and New Orleans, as well as many other cities around the globe, in peril.

If we were to collectively cease the extraction and consumption of fossil fuels today, and shift to alternative sources of clean energy, these changes may only slow, but not stop, the trajectory we are on.

A New Possibility

Living up to the words of Russell Means, the late Oglala Lakota activist and cofounder of the American Indian Movement, members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota are leading an effort toward energy independence.

This effort, if successful, could serve as a model for how to slow anthropogenic climate disruption.

Their hope is based on a controversial clean energy technology, which is often discredited as conspiracy as it quietly moves into reality.

Low Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR) is being considered by many to be the future of energy.

LENR is defined by E-Cat World, an industry site based on the work of LENR innovator Andrea Rossi, as “the phenomenon where anomalous amounts of heat are created when certain metals (e.g., nickel, palladium) absorb hydrogen or deuterium and an external stimulus such as heat or an electric current is applied. The reaction takes place at a relatively low temperature and sometimes results in transmutation of elements as well as the production of heat.”

Tim Maloney is an architect and eco-designer who has consulted for NASA, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Department of Energy and has been an innovator of eco-friendly home designs.

“My personal view is that you and I are cave men, looking out the door of the cave in anticipation of potentially stepping out.” Maloney told Truthout. “I find that to be really good news. Who knows what it feels like on the other side, but I’m looking forward to getting used to it.”

His architecture firm has received awards from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for creating homes that maintained an efficient relationship to the sun and environment as well as advances in solar energy technology and related building products.

“We really are at the tipping point of the formal acceptance of this technology,” Maloney said. The challenge, he said, is, “How do we introduce something too good to be true?”

The answer, according to one company developing this revolutionary technology, may be to provide it first to the Lakota Nation, which has approached the company about a potential collaboration.

According to Brillouin Energy Corporation (BEC), which is working alongside the Stanford Research Institute (SRI), the company’s “unique form of LENR, the Controlled Electron Capture Reaction (CECR), generates excess thermal energy (heat) by using very small amounts of hydrogen, nickel and electricity for inputs. Hydrogen is loaded, in the form of either a wet electrolyte, or as a gas, into highly engineered metallic cores constructed from nickel inside of a pressure vessel…and catalyzed with electrical charges…generating industrially useful process heat, and no (zero) pollutants of any kind.”

On November 2, 2015, in Washington, DC, BEC held a demonstration for Congress and members of the scientific community of its LENR technology, intended to open up opportunities for discussion of the commercial development of the Brillouin boiler system.

Brillouin’s system is expecting to return 10 watts of thermal energy for every 1 watt of electrical energy input.

At the demonstration, Phyllis Young, a member of the Hunkpapa Lakota and Ihanktonwan Dakota (Hunkpapa Lakota and Ihanktonwan Dakota are different bands of the same Oceti Sakowin-or Sioux Nation) Nations and a co-founder of the activist organization Women of All Red Nations, spoke to the room full of scientists and engineers about the possibility of bringing this energy into our homes.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has endorsed LENR technology, sometimes referred to as “cold-fusion” or, in Brillouin’s case, “controlled electronic capture reaction,” and is seeking funding from the Department of Energy and the Department of Agriculture for the deployment of clean energy projects, education and planning of this technology.

BEC chief executive officer Robert W. George II told Truthout, “We were approached by members of the Lakota Nation. We told them what we were doing and we felt that there is a need there.”

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has proposed that scientists and engineers come to the colleges of the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) to educate and train its members in the application of this technology. Additionally, young college students would get involved by going to SRI and BEC to observe the technology and learn firsthand about its possibilities.

The Hunkpapa Development Corporation was formed, according to Young, by members throughout the Oceti Sakowin to receive grants and begin construction on a series of specialized dome housing units based on a design by David Weinkauf of Two Trees Inc. These units will be based on a model built specifically to house the Brillouin Boiler and will be built on land specifically designated for their construction.

Members of the Oceti Sakowin will be involved in the education, planning and construction of the housing.

“They are a sovereign nation within the United States,” said George. “This will allow housing that they have been building on the reservations to have heat and hot water and the energy independence that would be necessary for them to increase their standard of living.”

Racing such companies as Lockheed Martin Skunk Works division, which also have claimed recent breakthroughs in this area, George explained to Truthout that BEC is only about two years away from a commercial boiler system prototype that a manufacturer could begin reproducing.

Further separating them from the pack, explained George, is BEC’s claim to have designed an “on and off switch” which can control the flow of energy output for their system. “We are not aware of anyone else who has a control system,” George told Truthout.

“You don’t need any fuel,” he said. “There’s no fuel because there’s no combustion going on. So you’ll basically have a boiler which can operate on the Lakota Nation with a tiny amount of electricity which can run off a battery.”

Safety Concerns

Given the ongoing horror of the Fukushima disaster, any mention of the word “nuclear” understandably generates fear and skepticism. LENR technology, however, has not been found to produce any of the harmful waste associated with current forms of nuclear or conventional energy production.

Joseph Zawodny, a senior research scientist with NASA’s Langley Research Center, told Forbes reporter Jeff McMahon that LENR “has the demonstrated ability to produce excess amounts of energy cleanly, without hazardous ionizing radiation, without producing nasty waste.”

“The easiest implementation of this would be for the home. You would have a unit that would replace your water heater. And you would have some sort of cycle to derive electrical energy from that,” Zawodny told McMahon.

In his article on LENR, McMahon quotes Dennis Bushnell, the chief scientist at NASA’s Langley Research Center, as saying that “several labs have blown up studying LENR and windows have melted … indicating when the conditions are right prodigious amounts of energy can be produced and released.”

However, McMahon’s article also includes a response from Chicago physicist Lewis Larsen, who argues that “all such violent energetic events are quite rare — only a handful have ever occurred over the past 20-plus years during the course of literally hundreds of thousands of LENR experiments … and most importantly, NONE of these incidents were caused by a nuclear explosion per se.”

If the research on LENR yields practical results, this technology might even be considered as a possibility for space flight: Doug Wells of the NASA Langley Research Center has proposed a study for LENR-powered spacecraft.

In this proposal, he states, “The purpose of this research is to investigate the potential vehicle performance impact of applying the emergent Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (LENR) technology to aircraft propulsion systems. LENR potentially has over 4,000 times the density of chemical energy with zero greenhouse gas or hydrocarbon emissions. This technology could enable the use of an abundance of inexpensive energy to remove active design constraints, leading to new aircraft designs with very low fuel consumption, low noise, and no emissions.”

LENR’s relative safety can be attributed to its slow-moving neutrons. As Extreme Tech explains, “Whereas fission creates fast neutrons (neutrons with energies over 1 megaelectron volt), LENR utilizes neutrons with an energy below 1eV — less than a millionth of the energy of a fast neutron. Whereas fast neutrons create one hell of a mess when they collide with the nuclei of other atoms, LENR’s slow neutrons don’t generate ionizing radiation or radioactive waste. It is because of this sedate gentility that LENR lends itself very well to vehicular and at-home nuclear reactors that provide both heat and electricity.”

An End to Energy Scarcity?

This technology could potentially end the fossil fuel energy industry and usher in a new period that Maloney refers to as the “end of scarcity.”

“It strikes me in the short term as very problematic. The closer this gets the more concerned I am at the level of disruption which this is going to cause,” said Maloney about potential shifts in geopolitical alliances and global interests that an unlimited free energy may create. “But in the long term,” he adds, “an opportunity of unimagined proportion.”

This reality is becoming hard to ignore.

In an unprecedented shift in public discourse, Congress’s National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 brings the subject out of the realm of “junk science” once and for all, while warning about its consequences:

The committee is aware of recent positive developments in developing low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR), which produce ultra-clean, low-cost renewable energy that have strong national security implications. For example, according to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), if LENR works it will be a ”disruptive technology that could revolutionize energy production and storage.” The committee is also aware of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA) findings that other countries including China and India are moving forward with LENR programs of their own and that Japan has actually created its own investment fund to promote such technology. DIA has also assessed that Japan and Italy are leaders in the field and that Russia, China, Israel, and India are now devoting significant resources to LENR development.

Even more explicitly, it goes on to say:

To better understand the national security implications of these developments, the committee directs the Secretary of Defense to provide a briefing on the military utility of recent US industrial base LENR advancements to the House Committee on Armed Services by September 22, 2016. This briefing should examine the current state of research in the United States, how that compares to work being done internationally and an assessment of the type of military applications where this technology could potentially be useful.

Still, not all are convinced. LENR has often been shunned by the scientific community since its original inception, when it was called “cold fusion.” Huw Price, a Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy and a fellow of Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, writes, “As a question about sociology, the answer is obvious. Cold fusion is dismissed as pseudoscience, the kind of thing that respectable scientists and science journalists simply don’t talk about (unless to remind us of its disgrace).”

Lakota supporters of this technologyremain undeterred. In Washington, DC, Young spoke about educating young people about LENR as well as the need for her nation to become partners with those in the US who share the desire to cease the dependence on fossil fuels.

Young told Truthout, “Technology has exceeded balance. It has created a toxic environment that is more harmful and damaging to human life. A human life is threatened after three to five days without water. Native People are keepers of Mother Earth. There is a limitless clean energy that we have a duty to create and develop and use for the people.”

The Vision

The idea for the use of LENR by the Lakota originated in 2008, when Russell Means brought the idea of the Lakota Nation being powered by LENR to media ecologist and radio show host James Martinez, who has been working to see it happen ever since.

Martinez had been speaking about the technology on his show when Means heard about it.

“I was initially scared out of my mind,” Martinez told Truthout, about being approached by Means. “It was not going to be an easy task. I didn’t want to let him down.”

Martinez said, “I knew why he was asking me. I knew it was for not only the rise of Native American culture again to where it should be but also for the ethical deployment of the technology through the eyes, ears and hearts of the Lakota people…. They are the real environmentalists.”

“Our energy project is called ‘Wi Waci’, which literally means ‘sun dance.’ Our ceremony is called ‘Wiwáŋyaŋg Wačhípi.’ That refers to our sacred Sun Dance ceremony,” Young explained to Truthout, differentiating the project name from the ceremony of renewal at the heart of her culture.

Young said that she and other Lakota supporters of LENR technology believe that just as the sun warms the Earth every spring and brings life and renewal to the Earth, LENR can also serve a similar purpose, ushering in a new era of life and renewal not only to the Earth, but to the outmoded ways of thinking which have brought us to the precipice we find ourselves on now.

This technology “must be endorsed,” Young said. “It must be funded, invested in, developed, and implemented. Our existing technology has taken its toll on Mother Earth. It’s time to protect her existence. Human survival depends on it.”

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Jason Coppola

Jason Coppola is a writer and producer of the upcoming documentary film Operation: Manifest Destiny. Coppola has worked unembedded in occupied Iraq and on the Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Indian Reservations. His stories for Truthout and Al Jazeera English have won awards from the Native American Journalism Association.

Edge of Morning: Native Voices Speak for the Bears Ears


Watch the video for our Kickstarter campaign for Edge of Morning: Native Voices Speak for the Bears Ears. Please consider giving to make this important project a reality! Visit our Kickstarter page here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/…

Elder’s Meditation of the Day July 6 “Silence is the cornerstone of character.”


 

Elder’s Meditation of the Day July 6

“Silence is the cornerstone of character.”
–Charles Alexander Eastman, OHIYESA SANTEE SIOUX

 

Mitakuye Oyasin's photo.

Be still and know. Anyone can verbally attack another. Anyone can be a smart aleck. Anyone can be angry and tell other people things that will hurt them. Anyone can be sarcastic, devaluating and belittling. It takes a Warrior to be silent. Silence is so powerful. Silence can be so loving.

My Creator, if I get into a situation today that needs me to respond with silence, help me to use my silence in a good and sacred way. In my silence, let me be talking to You and You talking to me. Silence is the way of the warrior.

The meditations are copyright of Coyhis Publishing and can also be found in the book, Meditations with Native American Elders: The Four Seasons.

Real Time with Bill Maher: Interview with Xiuhtexcatl Martinez from “Our Children’s Trust”- June 24, 2016 (HBO) {Wow!}


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Bill Maher interviews teenage environmental activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez about his advocacy work and lawsuit against the federal government for inaction on climate change.

Steven and Even Strong – Anomolous Aretefacts & Ancient Technologies


We will be presenting brand new evidence from a laboratory of the highest calibre
with an investigation of a 3,000 year old horse found beneath a metre of soil
at a location near Byron Bay.We also hope to discuss,If the Elders give us Permission,
Our research on an engraving of an astronaut -alien,at a site not released before and present our
findings for the first time at this talk.

We will conclude with a 15-20 minute Workshop with the marked rocks,shaped rocks and cylcons and invite any with skills in dowsing rods to join us in some fascinating experiments!

Date:April 16,2016

First Nations say they have the power to stop Trans Mountain expansion First Nations say the courts, not the NEB or cabinet, will decide on the controversial pipeline By Tracy Johnson, CBC News Posted: May 20, 2016 9:00 AM ET Last Updated: May 20, 2016 11:34 AM ET The National Energy Board has recommended the federal government approve Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline. The National Energy Board has recommended the federal government approve Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline. (Provided by Trans Mountain)


First Nations say the courts, not the NEB or cabinet, will decide on the controversial pipeline

By Tracy Johnson, CBC News Posted: May 20, 2016 9:00 AM ETLast Updated: May 20, 2016 11:34 AM ET

The National Energy Board has recommended the federal government approve Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline.

The National Energy Board has recommended the federal government approve Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline. (Provided by Trans Mountain)

The Stó:lō collective of First Nations in British Columbia is very familiar with the transport of oil. The existing Trans Mountain pipeline has crossed through their land for more than 50 years. CN Rail also carries oil by rail directly across Stó:lō territory to the B.C. coast.

So, the collective of eleven First Nations in B.C.’s Fraser Valley came to consultations with Kinder Morgan for the expansion of Trans Mountain with an open mind.

“We have taken time to speak to Kinder Morgan,” said Ernie Crey, the chief of the Cheam First Nation, a member of the collective.

“We’ve also weighed and considered a new pipe versus seeing all this bitumen moving along the rail lines straight through many of our communities. Some of the houses in our communities are literally feet from the rail line.”

But Crey said the nations were also concerned about the pipeline’s proximity to the Coquihalla River, which feeds into the Fraser River.

“I think their responsibility and duty goes much deeper to us than to send a few public officials to [a] meeting with us for an hour or two.” – Ernie Crey, Stó:lō Collective

“The Fraser River is the most productive salmon-bearing stream on Earth and we depend on the annual runs of salmon.”

A breach of either the oil or new Trans Mountain pipeline in the summer months would be disastrous for the salmon run.

Pipe versus rail

“We weighed and considered a pipe versus all this product being moved by rail and we considered what was the wiser of two difficult choices, bitumen by rail and bitumen by pipe and we thought the safer bet might be bitumen by pipe,” said Crey.

But the Stó:lō did not sign onto the project, a sign that the consultations done by Kinder Morgan, considered acceptable by the National Energy Board, did not go far enough to convince even those who had an open mind about the pipeline expansion.The Stó:lō are not formally opposed to the project either, as one of the nations most affected by the expansion, they simply remain to be convinced.

That does not leave an easy job for three-member panel appointed this week by the federal government to further consult with communities along the route.

Rueben George

Sundance Chief and member of the Tsleil-Waututh nation Rueben George rejected Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, based on a scathing assessment that concluded it would increase the threat of oil spills and damage their culture. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

Crey said that representatives from Natural Resources Canada have visited the Stó:lō in recent weeks.

“They’ve made a one-time pass through our community. I’ve referred to it as a drive-by consultation,” said Crey. “I think their responsibility and duty goes much deeper to us than to send a few public officials to [a] meeting with us for an hour or two.”

Farther down the pipeline route, the Tsleil Waututh First Nation has little faith that the panel will be able to bring opponents onside.

The territory of the Tsleil-Waututh includes the Burrard Inlet, which would see increased tanker traffic if Trans Mountain is approved. The First Nation is steadfastly opposed to the project and plans to challenge it in the courts.

“They did that NEB process in 25 months,” said Rueben George, a spokesman for the Tsleil Waututh. “And you’re going to try to take care of that big mess in four months, that’s ridiculous.”

Consult or consent?

George said that the legal landscape has changed for First Nations and resources development.

“First Nations are winning 97 per cent of our court cases around resource extraction. That’s 170 legal cases in the last couple years. That’s a lot of veto power right there.”

The most significant case fought by First Nations was decided in June, 2014, by the Supreme Court of Canada, which ruled that provincial and federal governments must win consent of Aboriginal groups when regulating economic activity on titled lands, unless it can show a pressing public need for that activity.

That case was brought forward by the Tsilhqot’in nation in response to clear-cutting of trees on its territory. Since the decision, there has been a shift in which First Nations now feel that the duty to consult means corporations and government really need to seek consent.

“We’ve been doing the traditional ‘duty to consult’ types of processes for 10 or 15 years,” said Bruce McIvor, a lawyer with First Peoples Law.

Courts will ultimately decide

“But since the Tsilhqot’in decision in 2014 and the full adoption of UNDRIP [The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples] by the federal government, we’re moving out of that need-to-consult type of process and we’re moving toward consent-based consultation. That’s where we’re going.”

McIvor said the National Energy Board decision yesterday, or the final decision by cabinet in December, will not be the last word on Trans Mountain.

“The process that the NEB went through will be reviewed by the courts and if the courts find that it doesn’t live up to the government’s obligations under Section 35 of the constitution, it has a wide latitude to null the decision to tell them to go back and do it again.”

Kinder Morgan protest Break Free

Hundreds of people gathered at Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby terminal on May 14, 2016, as part of a worldwide event asking countries to break free of fossil fuels. (CBC)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/first-nations-react-transmountain-1.3590134

Andrew Bartzis – Dreamtime Potential Pt2 – Indigenous Dream Wisdom and the Tree of Time Access


Dreamtime Potential Pt1 – Cellular Skeletal Memory, Silver Salt Sage, Body Defrag:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMuAu…

Andrew Bartzis – Dreamtime Potential Pt2 – Indigenous Dream Wisdom and the Tree of Time Access via Dreamtime

Something from Andrew’s wisdom related to Dreamtime…

Silvers benefit re Salt Bags in previous video, Indigenous Past Wisdom and Modern Society has lost, Indigenous Ritual Symbolising of Conscious and Other Realm Events in One’s Journey, The Example of the Punan of Borneo Dream Wanders, Cradle Boards and Protection for Baby in Nomad Lives Representing the Inner Child, Andrew’s Stream of the Metaphor of Cradle Boards, The One Tree God Aping, A Soft Disclosure visualisation of the Tree of Time from the Exceptional TV Show Continuum, A True Shaman living under a Sacred Mountain and Tuning into Aping, The Punan offering the Language of Before Being Born and After Dying in Ceremony, Us All having a Dream Wander Within and much much more…..

Also…..

The One Tree God Aping, A Soft Disclosure Visualisation of the Tree of Time from the Exceptional TV Show Continuum, A True Shaman living under a Sacred Mountain and Tuning into Aping, The Punan offering the Language of Before Being Born and After Dying in Ceremony, Us All having a Dream Wander Within and much much more…..

Clip Included:
Reunion Pictures Brilliant TV Show – Continuum

Indigenous Wisdom – Punan of Borneo – Awaken Your Dream Wanderer Within
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOSKS…

Enjoy

My Website: http:///www.servantoftruth.org

Native American Wisdom: The Invitation and Hopi Elders Message


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The Invitation

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for,
and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love,
for your dreams, for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring on your
moon.
I want to know if you have touched the center of your
sorrow,
if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or
have become shriveled and closed from fear of further
pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own,
without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own,
if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you
to
the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to
be careful, be realistic, or to remember the limitations of
being human.

It doesn’t interest me if the story you’re telling me is true.
I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to
yourself;
if you can bare the accusation of betrayal and not betray
your own soul.

I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore be
trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see beauty even when it is not
pretty everyday,
and if you can source your life from God’s presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine,
and still stand on the edge of a lake and shout to the
silver of the full moon, “Yes!”

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much
money you have.
I want to know if you can get up after the night of grief
and despair,
weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be
done for the children. It doesn’t interest me who you are,
how you came to be here.
I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire
with me and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you
have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the
inside when all else fades away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself, and if
you truly like the company you keep in the empty
moments.

by Oriah Mountain Dreamer (Native American Elder)

 

http://starseedacademy.net/library/2805

Tribes Create Their Own Food Laws to Stop USDA From Killing Native Food Economies


From blue corn to bison, narrow federal food-safety codes impact tribal food systems. But advocates are writing their own food laws to preserve Native food sovereignty.
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SALT RIVER PIMA-MARICOPA INDIAN COMMUNITY, Ariz. – Jacob Butler eyed a lemon tree—its bright yellow fruit nestled among thick green leaves and set against the blue Arizona sky—then checked on the tiny pomegranates and grapes in the garden as a black-striped lizard darted into the shade of a mesquite tree. In the distance, downtown Phoenix glittered under the rising sun.

”Our garden is a platform to perpetuate our culture.“

“We try to grow what’s been here for hundreds, if not thousands, of years,” says Butler, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community garden coordinator, as he surveyed the land and the plants growing on it. “For the past 13 years we’ve been doing this, so it’s in the minds of the people now.”

Traditionally, Pima and Maricopa tribal members grew lima beans, squash, corn, and other vegetables; used mesquite trees for food, medicine, and other practical purposes; and relied on wild game for food. Today, about 12,000 acres of their reservation are used for industrial farming—cotton, alfalfa, potatoes, and other commercial crops—but, in the garden where Butler works, agriculture isn’t a financial boon: It’s a way to strengthen and cultivate culture.

“What are the stories that go along with this tree? What’s the story we tell that says when squash came to the people or corn came to the people? What are the songs that go with those things?” says Butler. “That’s what we incorporate here: Our garden is a platform to perpetuate our culture.”

According to Butler, tribal members once cultivated myriad varieties of beans, squash, and melons. Now, many of those crops have become extinct and their stories lost, and losing other heirloom foods would have irreversible effects on cultural practices.

Indigenous communities have been sustained by thousands of years of food knowledge. But recent federal food safety rules could cripple those traditional systems and prevent the growth of agricultural economies in Indian Country, according to advocates and attorneys. Of the 567 tribal nations in the United States, only a handful have adopted laws that address food production and processing. Without functioning laws around food, tribes engaged in anything from farming to food handling and animal health are ceding power to state and federal authorities.

To protect tribal food systems, those advocates and attorneys are taking the law into their own hands, literally, by writing comprehensive food codes that can be adopted by tribes and used to effectively circumvent federal food safety codes. Because tribes retain sovereignty—complicated and sometimes limited though it may be—they can assert an equal right with the federal government to establish regulations for food handling.

Recent federal food safety rules could cripple those traditional systems.

“Tribal sovereignty is food sovereignty, and how do you assert food sovereignty?” says A-dae Romero-Briones, a consultant with the First Nations Development Institute, an economic development organization. “You do that through a tribal code.”

Food codes and laws are basic legislation governing agriculture and food processing. Food codes are good things: They are designed to protect consumers from products that could make them sick or even kill them, as with a national salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter in 2008, and, more recently, E. Coli outbreaks at Chipotle restaurants in 11 states.

Since 2011, food laws have become tougher, thanks to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the first major rewrite of U.S. food-safety laws in more than 50 years. Under FSMA, producers must take into account everything from the packaging and refrigeration of products to how crops are grown, all in the name of safety. These safety controls raise interesting questions in Indian Country.

Traditionally, Pima and Maricopa tribal members grew lima beans, squash, corn, and other vegetables. Today, about 12,000 acres of their reservation are used for industrial farming. YES! photo by Tristan Ahtone.

In many Native communities, for example, access to certified kitchens and state-of-the-art facilities is slim to nonexistent. That means producers often must rely on traditional knowledge to make foods that are safe for consumption. One example, says Romero-Briones, is blue corn products.

“That’s an industry that has existed for generations,” she says. “But if you want to produce it or process it in traditional fashions, you’re probably not going to be able to do that because you’re going to have to do it in a certified kitchen.”

Under FSMA, tribal food economies face two options: Assimilate by complying with federal law or keep tribal food products confined to the reservation.

“It’s one thing to say that we have to develop food and process food in certain ways, but it’s another thing to recognize that tribes have their own versions of food safety,” says Romero-Briones. “Tribes have been developing food economies for thousands of years.”

Another example of how traditional foods are impacted is buffalo slaughter. Dozens of tribes from the Dakotas to Oklahoma are engaged in buffalo management and harvesting. But those hoping to get buffalo products into markets outside of tribal communities often face big hurdles.

”Tribes have been developing food economies for thousands of years.“

Buffalo, for example, is considered an exotic animal under federal guidelines, says Dan Cornelius, with the Intertribal Agriculture Council. And that has repercussions when it comes to what the federal government will support.

“For domestic animals, USDA will pay for the cost of that inspector. For exotics, they don’t,” Cornelius says.

Inspections can run as high as $70 an animal, and all buffalo products must be processed in an FDA-approved facility. By implementing food codes, tribes could find alternative ways to getting buffalo meat inspected and processed. Cornelius says building an infrastructure that lowers costs would allow buffalo meat to get to market faster.

“Ultimately, is it a safe process? If it is, then how can you develop a tribally specific provision that still is ensuring a safe and healthy food but is addressing that barrier where there is a conflict?” he says.

So how do 567 different tribes with 567 different traditions, needs, and goals go about writing food codes specific to their cultural heritages? They call a lawyer. Specifically, Janie Hipp, director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, a legal think tank at the University of Arkansas.

Hipp, a former senior advisor for tribal relations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, says her office has already received dozens of calls from tribal governments about food inspection and how to get tribal products off reservation and into other markets.

One area of concern has been general food safety. With the passage of FSMA, laws governing how food is grown, processed, and handled are changing rapidly.

According to Hipp, tribal governments need to respond, not only to protect their own producers, but also to protect their own existing food production systems.

Jacob Butler in the seed bank. YES! photo by Tristan Ahtone.

Intellectual property is another priority. Many tribes have specific, traditional uses for seeds, crops, and livestock, and, without laws to protect a tribe’s unique use of a particular plant or animal, a corporation could trademark and commercialize that product—anything from Wojapi, a Lakota dessert made from berries, to Piki, a traditional Hopi bread made from cornmeal.

“Having nothing on the books is not an option anymore,” says Hipp. “Regardless of whether it’s a commercialized product or a traditional and very sheltered and protected product, the law needs to be robust in that area.”

The development of tribal food codes isn’t a copy-and-paste job, though. It’s more of a choose-your-own-adventure situation where newly written laws can be adopted, then tweaked to an individual tribe’s needs. As portions of the code are written, they’re made public so tribal governments can start adapting them. So far, Hipp says the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative has had more than a dozen meetings with tribes.

”Are we putting our seeds at risk?”

“I don’t think it does anybody any good for us to just sit and bake it up for three years,” said Hipp. “We would prefer to roll things out, get in touch, modify, have it be a more organic process than to just have everybody sitting outside the room waiting for the release.”

Back at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community garden, Jacob Butler pulled a brown paper bag off a shelf. He dipped his hand into the bag and produced a fistful of white pea seeds.

Most of the seeds in the seed bank are heirlooms with genealogies stretching back hundreds of years. YES! photo by Tristan Ahtone.

“My generation and generations before me, we all went to school outside of the community,” says Butler. “None of us really got taught our culture directly at home because our parents were taught that it was a detriment to our success.”

The seed bank is currently housed in a janitor’s closet with brown paper bags, plastic bottles, and glass containers full of pinto-striped runner beans, amaranth, basil, luffa, corn, and dozens of other seeds. But Butler says he has concerns for their future.

“For me, it’s cross-contamination with [genetically modified] seeds,” he says. “If this was to become a bigger enterprise, where we were growing traditional foods for sale, then are we putting our seeds at risk?”

Most of the seeds are heirlooms with genealogies stretching back hundreds of years, and Butler says one of his next projects is to meticulously catalogue every item in the bank for future Pima and Maricopa farmers.

“There are kids that have grown up being a part of this program that know right off the bat, ‘Oh hey, that’s a Keli Baasho or a muskmelon,’” Butler says as he looked around the shelves. “That word Keli Baasho means ‘old man’s chest,’ so they’re associating that melon with language.”

With food and culture so intimately intertwined and vital to the survival of Salt River, the tribe has some big ideas to consider when it comes to the future of agriculture: Will it be commercial or traditional? What constitutes organic? How will the few remaining heirloom crops be protected from GMO contamination? Will Pima and Maricopa crops be sold, and, if so, how will they be kept safe for consumers? Salt River has yet to decide on those issues, and Butler says adopting a comprehensive food code would start the process of strengthening the tribe’s future: Native people growing native foods, protected and guided by native laws.

“It’s a conversation we should be having,” says Butler. “People are wanting to see change.”

http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/tribes-create-their-own-food-laws-to-stop-usda-from-killing-native-food-economies-20160524

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