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“Just for one minute, not addressing you as representatives of your countries, but as husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, just imagine that you first get the news that your husband was killed and then within two or three days you see images of some thug removing the wedding band from their hands. Just imagine that this could be your spouse.

To my dying day, I will not understand that it took so much time for the rescue workers to be allowed to do their difficult jobs, and that human remains should be used in a political game. If someone here, around the table, talks about a political game, this is the political game that has been played with human remains, and it is despicable. I hope the world will not have to witness this again any time in the future.

Images of children’s toys being tossed around, luggage being opened, and passports including passports of children being shown on television — they are turning our grief and mourning into anger of the whole nation.”

—  Minister Frans Timmermans from the Netherlands on flight MH17

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“If you blame Native American communities for their poverty, remember that the entire continent was stolen from them.
If you blame Black American communities for their relative poverty, remember that Black Americans were stolen from a continent, trafficked, and enslaved for nearly 300 years.
Tell me again about how your family ‘started from nothing’ when they immigrated. Didn’t they start from whiteness? Seems like a pretty good start.
The American Dream required dual genocides, but tell me again about fairness and equal opportunity. Tell me about democracy, modeled after the Iroquois Confederacy. Tell me your proud heritage, and I will show you the violence that made it so.”

~Kim Katrin Crosby
Keynote Speaker for LGBTQ History Month at Dartmouth, on September 30, 2013

A new pond!

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Okay.

Long story short, I have found another pond to take the dogs.

I still take them to the original pond, because they have a routine.

Then we go to the new pond we found when we were walking and maybe, just maybe, got lost.

The new pond…

6 beavers, 2 otters, 2 eagles with a baby eagle, 1 hawk, 2 osprey, 1 turtle, and a rat I have named Templeton. Oh, and a blue heron named Charlie!

Turns out Charlie must have followed the beaver and the otter from the other pond to this new one.

And I know it is Charlie for certain because I called out his name, and he came out of the bush AND came over closer to visit with the dogs! The people that live near the pond are in awe of my super bird powers.

The dogs are not allowed to chase nor visit with the ducks at this pond. It isn’t fair to the wildlife at the pond, and I don’t want to upset the people that live in the area.

Besides that, there has been so much happening. Some good, some not so good, bumps in the road really.

That will all be coming in the next posts….

this month.

soon.

Not as slow as I have been lately.

 

 

Sagoyewatha

 

 

And now, truthbombs from Sagoyewatha (Keeper Awake), Seneca of the Haudenosaunee 1750-1830:

 

“Brothers, our seats were once large, and yours were small. You have now become a great people, and we have scarcely a place left to spread our blankets. You have got our country, but are not satisfied; you want to force your religion upon us.

Brother, continue to listen. You say that you are sent to instruct us how to worship the Great Spirit agreeable to his mind; and if we do not take hold of the religion which you white people teach, we shall be unhappy hereafter. You say that you are right, and we are lost. How do we know this to be true? We understand that your religion is written in a book. If it was intended for us as well as you, why has not the Great Spirit given to us — and not only to us, but to our forefathers — the knowledge of that book, with the means of understanding it rightly? We only know what you tell us about it. How shall we know when to believe, being so often deceived by the white people?

Brother, you say there is but one way to worship and serve the Great Spirit. If there is but one religion, why do you white people differ so much about it? Why not all agree, as you can all read the book?

Brother, we do not understand these things. We are told that your religion was given to your forefathers, and has been handed down from father to son. We also, have a religion which was given to our forefathers, and has been handed down to us, their children. We worship in that way. It teaches us to be thankful for all favors we receive; to love each other, and be united. We never quarrel about religion, because it is a matter which concerns each man and the Great Spirit.

Brother, we do not wish to destroy your religion or take it from you; we only want to enjoy our own.

Brother, we have been told that you have been preaching to the white people in this place. These people are our neighbors: We are acquainted with them. We will wait a little while and see what effect your preaching has upon them. If we find it does them good, makes them honest and less disposed to cheat Indians, we will consider again of what you have said.”

It is said that after giving this oratory, Sagoyewatha wanted to shake the hand of the missionary he was speaking to; he was refused, the man saying “There was no fellowship between the religion of God and the Devil.” Purportedly Sagoyewatha just smiled, and all of his followers smiled, and they walked away. Typical Haudenosaunee.

 

Cleaning up…

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For the last two years, my mom and I have been teaching a few different aboriginal cultural art projects.

And sometimes a person gets excited, and then realize that this is WORK, and oh…”It’s so hard!”

 

My goal is to get the projects finished that were left behind.

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These are two of them.