“47 white buffalo”

“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

 

@wojcik

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Petition to Rescind 20 Medals of Honor awarded to soldiers of the USA Army at Wounded Knee in 1890

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.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/rescind-20-medals-honor-awarded-soldiers-us-army-7th-cavalry-1890-wounded-knee/9X4jLlqF

“endless buffalo” remembering Wounded Knee, 29 December 1890

“endless buffalo”

 

winter sun crests

tobacco scent and smoking sage

bones entwined bearing winter weights

tears wiped

yet

mounted hooves beating

drumming living ways

singing songs of wounded knee

still

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

http://lonelyplanet.seo1k.net/2012/07/lonely-planet-biaowieza-forest.html

@wojcik

“dead leaves”

 

 

checking obituaries

 high roads, low roads, Dante’s circles, some gutters

dead love leaves no trace

 

 

“a woman is waiting”

“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

so

Theresa Spence is still waiting

Stephen Harper is still evading

 

woman waits

 man equivicates 

 

yet

she gains ground

with every dance

beaten drum

song sung

 

 @wojcik  2012

 

 

 

 

May these “holy days” be gifted with healing.

Namaste to all living be-ings everywhere.

Medicine Buddha

http://www.fpmt-osel.org/gallery/medicine.htm

“Canyon Divides”

 

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/

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“Canyon Divides”

 

Chelly like all canyons

water trickling

roved rocks

sun watches

moon self admiring nights

your presence erodes

tugging, shoving, pushing

stone of lime and sand

tiny universes explode

divides unbridgeable

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

you there

looking where

hogan resides between rivers ancient striding

canyon lies under raven eyes

searching peaches sweeter in memory

before the Navajo sheep cried

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Canyon de Chelly, Arizona at Land Use History of North America, Colorado Plateau http://cpluhna.nau.edu/Places/canyon_de_chelly.htm

 

Plus:

Somethings light, lively and lovely in this Relatively Calm Production by Leon Chee.

Round Dance at Parliament Hill ~ Idle No More~ First Nations ~ Ottawa, Canada

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.

IDLE NO MORE ~ One Heartbeat Across Turtle Island, Friday 21 December 2012 Everywhere ~ And that’s just the tip of the drum.

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:

http://idlenomore1.blogspot.com/

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.

Mission Statement”

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.

O Canada!

Hey Harper!

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.

Chasing Ice + Cafe Mocha + Climate Change + Cyberspace + Cinema = Chatty

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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