Tashi Deleck! to all the science fiction/fantasy web surfers who followed my reviews of books/music/art/movies on Fantastica Daily at www.mervius.com ages ago. Since that long ago and faraway universe, I’ve been digging into the darkness of the Bureau of Indian Affairs via Record Group 75 of the National Archives. How dark are the records of the BIA? Well, Wes Studi’s new movie, “The Only Good Indian”, serves up a lot of issues familar to anyone too curious for their own mental health–and one place to find verification of the truth of the film’s issues is in RG 75. Bottom line: Research has resulted in several writing projects: “Trust and Survial: AWOL Hunkpapa Indian Family Prisoners of War at Fort Sully, 1890-1891″ in American Indian Quarterly, 32.3 Summer 2008; a novel, White Wolves, a fictional account of a cold case involving the murder of a young Lakota Traditional in 1929 based upon reports from an unusally extensive FBI investigation that spanned several years. Am in search of a publisher with guts for White Wolves in which people are divided not along racial lines of red versus white, but along ethics and values. Latest writing project is Comes-Home-Crawling which deals with the events of 1890-91 in Dakota Territory from the perspective of the power of language, culture and fear in order to provide insight regarding why there was a massacre at Wounded Knee but not on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.
In addition to all this focused historical research/writing, music, film, books and current events all elicit thoughts and questions about the nature of the human species from its creative abilities to its apparent hell bent on self destructive social pathology so evident in the continuing engagement in warfare and destruction of the enviroment which supports ALL life on the planet earth.
So, greetings fellow earthlings, however brief our stay may be….