December 31, 2012 at 10:58 pm (creative writing, culture, environment, exploring interconnectedness, humor, life, nature, poetry, random, Writing)
Tags: "47 white buffalo", adventure, Badlands, Bison, buffalo, creative writing, culture, Dakota, driving, humor, life, poem, poetry, random, Sage Creek Road, winter, Writing
“47 white buffalo”
looking for a short cut to Wall
How sane is that?
seeing yellow road gate open
it’s an irrational driving choice
Sage Creek Road under ice
lures with access
Badlands on a still winter day
5, 3, 2, 1 miles an hour
who needs speed when
47 snow whitened buffalo lounging
on, beside, across the frozen road
turn and stare
December 30, 2012 at 4:43 am (culture, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, Indigenous People, Lakota, life, Native Americans, politics, Uncategorized)
Tags: 1890, 7th Cavalry, culture, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, healing, history, life, massacre, Medals of Honor, Petition, politics, random, Wounded Knee
Discovered this petition on the book of faces this morning:
We petition the Obama administration to:
Rescind 20 Medals of Honor awarded to soldiers of the U.S. Army 7th Cavalry in 1890 at Wounded Knee.
Rescind 20 Medals of Honor awarded to soldiers of the U.S. Army 7th Cavalry who participated in the slaughter of 300 or so Lakota Sioux, mostly unarmed women and children (approximately 200) at Wounded Knee on December, 29 1890.
Require all federal agencies and arms to refer to the Wounded Knee Massacre as a “Massacre” and not a “Battle or Battlefield.”
Help us rewrite history and forge a better way forward. We do not remember these tragedies to hurt, we remember to heal. We are facing the holocaust head strong, we are coming through it. We are lifting our heads and reclaiming our dignity.
Link to petition to President Obama regarding a request to rescind the Medals of Honor awarded USA Army soldiers at Wounded Knee in 1890.
December 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm (creative writing, culture, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, Indigenous People, Lakota, life, Native Americans, nature, photography, poetry, random, Writing)
Tags: "endless buffalo", 1890, Bialowieza Forest, Bison, children, creative writing, December 29, exploring interconnectedness, history, Huynh, Lakota, Lonely Planet, massacre, men, Native Americans, photograph, photography, poem, poetry, Poland, random, song, South Dakota, women, Wounded Knee, Writing
winter sun crests
tobacco scent and smoking sage
bones entwined bearing winter weights
mounted hooves beating
drumming living ways
singing songs of wounded knee
what mothers lay
children so still atop cemetery hill
while men wrongly graved
all yearning stomachs filled
~~may spring tall green grasses and endless buffalo bring
Photo credit @ Mr. Huynh posted Lonely Planet: Bialowieza Forest July 2012
December 27, 2012 at 4:17 am (creative writing, life, poetry, random, Writing)
Tags: "dead leaves", creative writing, culture, haiku, life, loss, love, poem, poetry, random, Writing
high roads, low roads, Dante’s circles, some gutters
dead love leaves no trace
December 26, 2012 at 6:19 am (creative writing, culture, exploring interconnectedness, history, Indigenous People, life, poetry, politics, random, Writing)
Tags: "a woman is waiting", Canada, chief, creative writing, Cree, culture, exploring interconnectedness, First Nations, genocide, history, hunger strike, Idle No More, Issues, life, people, poem, poetry, politics, prime minister, protest, random, resources, Stephen Harper, Theresa Spence
“a woman is waiting”
a woman is waiting
for a man to talk–what else is new-
conversation is long overdue
yet silence continues
another form of abuse
genocide via ignor-ance~
IF the woman had some WMD
maybe some nukes
a few drones
the man would not be so rude
as to keep a hungry woman waiting~
IF this woman had some oil
natural gas for fracking
tons of coal
the man would come courting business
but the woman is still waiting
silence as a form of debating~
IF this woman had some iron ore
a little gold
a lot of lithium
the prime minister would come running chatting up charming a storm with tobacco in hand
but he’s not
because all this chief has got
is an unprofitable diamond mine lease
a lot of folks who speak Cree
on a reserve with a distinct lack of decent homes, schools and jobs
Theresa Spence is still waiting
Stephen Harper is still evading
she gains ground
with every dance
December 24, 2012 at 9:32 pm (art, buddhism, culture, exploring interconnectedness, life, music, nature, photography, random, Tibet, Writing)
Tags: animals, buddhism, exploring interconnectedness, flowers, gift, healing, holidays, holy days, images, Medicine Buddha, Medicine Buddha Mantra, music, nature, random, Tibet, video
Namaste to all living be-ings everywhere.
December 23, 2012 at 8:06 pm (art, creative writing, culture, entertainment, exploring interconnectedness, food, history, humor, Independent film, Indigenous People, life, movies, music, Native Americans, nature, photography, poetry, random, Writing)
Tags: A Hunt for Tonto, art, canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Canyon Divides, creative writing, donation, entertainment, exploring interconnectedness, film, history, humor, Independent film, Johnny Depp, Land Use History of North America, Leon Chee, Life on the Farmlet, Navajo, pixilated2, poem, poetry, random, Relatively Calm Production, short film, supply, video, Writing
Poem for Lynda aka pixilated2, as promised for her art supply donation to Cheryl Locke’s third grade class.
Lynda’s Life on the Farmlet –>> http://pixilatedtoo.wordpress.com/
Chelly like all canyons
moon self admiring nights
your presence erodes
tugging, shoving, pushing
stone of lime and sand
tiny universes explode
forget iron cables
cement towers will not do
tossing tightly woven rope
spider strong edge to edge
below busy water swells
canyon wills be-ing
keeping juniper company
hogan resides between rivers ancient striding
canyon lies under raven eyes
searching peaches sweeter in memory
before the Navajo sheep cried
Canyon de Chelly, Arizona at Land Use History of North America, Colorado Plateau http://cpluhna.nau.edu/Places/canyon_de_chelly.htm
Somethings light, lively and lovely in this Relatively Calm Production by Leon Chee.
December 23, 2012 at 5:50 pm (art, culture, entertainment, environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, Indigenous People, journalism, life, movies, nature, photography, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: 21 December 2012, Canada, David P. Ball, Ditto, Ditto of Jesus, environment, First Nations, history, Idle No More, Indian Country Today Media Network, music, nature, Ottawa, Parliament Hill, photograph, politics, protest, rally, Round Dance, video
Live Gov Cam Photo shared by Ditto (Singer/Songwriter) via the book of faces http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ditto-SingerSongwriter/253555851169?ref=mf
According to Indian Country Today Media Network.com 4,000 took part in the 21 December 2012 protest in Ottawa, Canada–as reported by David P. Ball. http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/article/idle-no-more-sweeps-canada-and-beyond-aboriginals-say-enough-enough-146516
World wide support for Idle No More continues to increase http://www.idlenomore1.blogspot.com/ . Indeed the “views” counter number has increased by at least 200,000 since my first visit. Information continues to be updated/added as support is shared and future events are posted.
Listen to more of Ditto of Jesus at http://www.youtube.com/dittoofjesus
A change is due and will do Mother Earth GOOD–and all living things too–including us humans.
December 20, 2012 at 6:15 pm (environment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, Indigenous People, journalism, life, music, Native Americans, nature, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: "Water", 2012, C-45, Canada, communities, dance, December, drums, Earth, Economy, environment, events, Facebook, Flash Mob, Heartbeat Across Turtle Island, Idle No More, Indigenous, Indigenous Environmental Network, land, life, music, Online Reporter, Ottawa, Peaceful, people, politics, protests, random, rights, Round Dance, sustainable, treaties, video
Okay folks, Idle No More’s site has been very busy –and this morning it’s clear why. There’s a lot going on and more on the docket. You’ve got to be quick. So instead of my yapping about all the information, C-45, protests, solidarity actions and the huge issues for Canada’s First Nations AND the Earth, I’m providing a link to their very informative blog for all interested parties to visit and share widely. According to recent posting on the Indigenous Environmental Network’s Online Reporter blog thousands are expected for rally protest in Ottawa this Friday! http://www.ienearth.org/blog/2012/12/thousands-expected-at-ottawa-protest-on-friday/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+IenOnlineReporter+%28IEN+Online+Reporter%29&utm_content=Yahoo%21+Mail
For much more Idle No More information and a list of events on Dec. 20, 21 and beyond- visit:
Idle No More was formed by Nina Wilson, Sylvia McAdam, Jessica Gordon and Sheelah McLean to oppose C-45 and other Canadian legislation (in violation of treaties) that will adversely affect the environment and Indigenous people.
Idle No More calls on all people to join in a revolution which honors and fulfills Indigenous sovereignty which protects the land and water. Colonization continues through attacks to Indigenous rights and damage to the land and water. We must repair these violations, live the spirit and intent of the treaty relationship, work towards justice in action, and protect Mother Earth. On December 10th, Indigenous people and allies stood in solidarity across Canada to assert Indigenous sovereignty and begin the work towards sustainable, renewable development. All people will be affected by the continued damage to the land and water and we welcome Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies to join in creating healthy sustainable communities. We encourage youth to become engaged in this movement as you are the leaders of our future. There have always been individuals and groups who have been working towards these goals – Idle No More seeks to create solidarity and further support these goals. We recognize that there may be backlash, and encourage people to stay strong and united in spirit.
One thing everyone everywhere can participate in is the Heartbeat Across Turtle Island event at Noon on Friday 21 December 2012. Any form of “drum” will suffice wherever you are on this beautiful blue and green planet. http://www.idlenomore1.blogspot.com/2012/12/one-heartbeat-across-turtle-island.html
Idle No More is heating up on Facebook fast!
Methinks the tipping point has arrived.
Idle No More Round Dance Flash Mob — Drums included.
December 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm (art, creative writing, culture, education, entertainment, environment, exploring interconnectedness, humor, Independent film, life, movies, nature, photography, play, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: ballet, Balog, Broadway Cafe, cafe mocha, Chasing Ice, Cinemas, climate change, coffee, education, email, entertainment, environment, exploring interconnectedness, extreme, film, food, humor, ice, independently owned, James Balog, Kansas City, London, loss, movies, nature, non-chain, Nutcracker, opera, photography, random, Royal, snail mail, subscriptions, Ted Talk, theatre, time-lapse proof, Tivoli, Tivoli Cinemas, Writing
Chasing Ice website http://www.chasingice.com/ Complete with link to James Balog’s photography and much more.
With all the ways there are to share information and communicate in this time of technological multitasking galore “mail” remains a constant source as both snail mail (those hard copies that are deposited in your own private hard copy mailboxes) and email (all the electronically created and delivered “soft” efforts to communicate via cyberspace complete with “in boxes” and mailing options. Anyone else recall the attempt by the American government to charge US all five cents per email we sent? Have I got that right? So far that effort to get a slice of the internet mail pie has failed. So far. I think. I may be wrong about this failure to milk us.). Why do we so enjoy getting all our forms of “mail”? One reason I enjoy my mail is because of the information it brings to my attention that I may well have otherwise missed or overlooked or simply never discovered. There is something to be said for “subscribing” to business websites for updates and notifications. Are you all bored and wondering what the heck any of this has to do with the Chasing Ice video? Okay. I subscribe to the Tivoli Cinemas in Westport (an area of Kansas City, Missouri) and as a result I receive a weekly email regarding which films are being shown and when at the hard copy theatre complete with big screens, comfy seats, and the rare option to buy or bring your own yum yums for consumption while viewing all sorts of films. If I did not have this subscription I probably would never have known that Chasing Ice is appearing exclusively at the Tivoli for the Kansas City area. Heck, I might not have even known it was appearing in any theatres if not for this email. Luckily the Tivoli is within reasonable driving distance for moi–who, as you’ve all guessed by now has the “yappy yaps” this morning.
Tivoli Cinemas’ website http://www.tivolikc.com/
Chasing Ice opens December 21, 2012. http://www.tivolikc.com/upcoming.html
Hey, they’re even offering The Nutcracker performed by the Royal London Ballet on December 23. Yes, a movie theatre will show a ballet film. If that’s not enough to raise your highbrows a notch or two then maybe The Royal Opera of London show of The Marriage of Figaro on December 30 will do the trick.
Oh and a film ticket stub will knock 50% off the price of one drink at the Broadway Cafe –which, in my opinion, offers The Best Cafe Mocha–bar none– anywhere. Definitely the best I’ve tasted in several states. (No, sorry, folks trying to staff the little upstart coffee shop in Pierre, SD, that’s not a legit cafe mocha you’re proffering. Not yet anyway. Keep trying though. Practice may pay off in time.) Broadway Cafe site http://www.broadwayroasting.com/
So, guess where I will venture, safe driving conditions being extant, during the week of December 21-27? Yep. I’ll be chasing Chasing Ice with a delicious cafe mocha accompanied by a honey soaked croissant. I’ll be enjoying what this world offers while it lasts.
Now, about all the ice chasing and film festival awards and climate change etc. . . .
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