The Last Trapper ~ Le Dernier Trappeur ~ ~ “The Art of Living in Harmony With Nature”

I viewed a very compelling trailer for this film some time back. Today I came across the full film on YouTube and decided it was worth sharing here for other interested parties to also discover. Keep in mind that nothing is perfect and enjoy. Your thoughts are kindly requested.

The Last Trapper  ~ Le Dernier Trappeur

Carlos Porto

Published on May 26, 2013

The art of living in harmony with nature.
For over 20 years, Nicolas Vanier, an untiring voyager in the coldest of climes, a veritable Jack London of modern times, has criss-crossed the wildest regions of the far northern lands. His travels include major expeditions in Siberia, Lapland, Alaska and of course Canada, where he recently undertook an incredible White Odyssey: 8600 kilometres covered with a team of sledge dogs, from Alaska all the way to Quebec. It was during that crossing, on the floor of a sumptuous and inaccessible valley in the Rocky Mountains, that Nicolas met the man who inspired him to make this film, a film that has lived within the man…
He’s a 50-year-old trapper named Norman Winter, and he lives with a Nahanni woman, Nebaska. Norman has always been a trapper, with no need of the things that civilisation has to offer. He and his dogs live simply on what they produce from hunting and fishing. Norman made his sledge, snowshoes, cabin and canoe with wood and leather that he took from the forest and that Nebaska tanned, in the traditional style, just like the Sekani did in early times, using the tannin in animal brains, then by smoking the skin. To move around, Norman uses his dogs. They’re quiet, and with them he’s ready for action at the slightest sign of life, but all the while attentive to the majestic grandeur of the territories he passes through. That’s why Norman Winter is a trapper. The Great North is inside him and Nebaska carries it within her, in her blood, for the taiga is the mother of its people…
Norman and Nebaska know that a land only lives through its intimate links with the animals, plants, rivers, winds and even colours. Their wisdom comes from the deep and special relationship they enjoy with nature. When Norman Winter follows an animal’s trail, he studies it for a long time, to understand the animal’s exact perception of its environment. He knows how to free himself from the immobile image that a land evokes, then to “enter” it by comprehending what it is. To understand that is to sense the unmistakable breathing of the earth, it’s to understand why Norman Winter is the last trapper and why he turned his back on modern life, that he compares to a slope we slip down blindly. Norman is a sort of philosopher convinced that the notion of sharing and exchange with nature is essential to the equilibrium of that odd animal at the top of the food chain: Man.
That’s what this film, made over 12 months, will present, overlaying treks on horseback during the Indian summer and by sledge in the depths of winter, a canoe ride down a raging river at the bottom of a majestic canyon and attacks by grizzly bears and wolves…

Note: The closed captions option works when viewing on YouTube.

Ambrosio Vilhalva 1960 -2013, Guarani leader murdered

Is there no end to violence?

Why do we not live in harmony with the Earth and each other?

When will this destruction of people and Earth cease? When all Homo sapiens are dead? Is that the answer? Our own self-destruction of one another in order to stop death and destruction? Perhaps that’s what it will take for all of us to realize we and the Earth are one.  There’s more truth in “ashes to ashes” than we like to acknowledge as we play in cyberspace.

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Yes, I discovered this news item and dropped it here with some dark questions leaving visitors to create context themselves by following the links and watching the videos.

What we have here is a murder of another Indigenous person fighting for the right to life for his people and the planet.  That’s why this death/murder is of public interest.  There are people grieving for this man. His family. His friends. We talk a great deal about behaving like civilized creatures when there are many among us who are anything but civil to each other.  Not everyone does want a world of peaceful coexistence. Lots of people benefit from the murder and mayhem inflicted on Indigenous and Native people–and those Non-natives who support them. (Oh, everyone has DNA that was once “native” to a particular place on the planet. Yeah, even if you’ve forgotten this point, your genes haven’t.)  Profit is the name of their game. Unfortunately many of us contribute to the Profit by creating a demand for all sorts of nice things we take for granted–like clean drinking water, access to a lot of food, heat on demand, electricity, gas and all the toys that come with this package deal. Our wants often are supplied by others who cannot and do not enjoy the same. What would you do if all the “easy” things disappeared? No grocery stores with shelves full of yum yums. No gas at the pumps. No electricity 24/7. No water for every load of laundry and shower on demand. What would your life be like if someone stole your home? Hm? Oops, is that the nightmare button I’ve pushed?

Have we got context now? Hmm. I’m not sure. But this is what’s here now.

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News:  http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/9797
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“The Lost Vikings” A Cautionary Tale for Our Times: Adapt or Die

While tooling around on the tubes of you in search of other items of interest I came across this PBS segment from Secrets of the Dead. Finding it quite appropriate regarding a number of subjects and issues for our times–climate change, Indigenous life-ways, values, survival, food, water, religious influences et. al., I decided it was worth sending up a blogcasa flagpole. What would you do if your church told you to not adapt to the changing environment? Do you keep doing what doesn’t work? Or do you change, adapt and learn new skills in order to survive and thrive?

Choices

Controls

Consequences

posted by: HerrNordKamp http://www.youtube.com/user/HerrNordkamp?feature=watch

Links from post page on YouTube:

The Fate of Greenland’s Vikings: http://www.archaeology.org/online/fea…
Greenland Vikings ‘had Celtic blood’: http://www.archeurope.com/index.php?p…
Viking Contact with the Indigenous Population in the Eastern Arctic: http://www.archeurope.com/index.php?p…

Legendary Viking town unearthed: http://sciencenordic.com/legendary-vi…
How Vikings navigated the world: http://sciencenordic.com/how-vikings-…
Pre-Viking hotspot on the Norwegian Coast: http://sciencenordic.com/pre-viking-h…

Viking educational resources: http://www.archeurope.com/index.php?page=viking-period

Enjoy the journey.

 

Lice, Tigers, Worms and Microbes! O My! Rob Dunn’s utterly delightful tome, The Wild Life of Our Bodies, reveals some strange and wonderful interconnections that you can’t wash away no matter how many soapy showers you employ.

 

Click cover to visit Dunn

“Utterly delightful” — yes, I mean that with all sincerity. Admittedly the delight will depend on your sense of humor. If we’re on the same laugh track then all will be in tune. If not, then, ah well, you might not laugh but you still will learn from this highly accessible science writing. Unless you’re in the ranks or trenches –or the trees–with the likes of Rob Dunn, then I assure you there are things to learn in his The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today.  Okay none of that “oooo yucky parasites” business. Time to put the fear of all the unseen creepy crawlers aside and learn about the garden of our bodies and who’s living in it. This is not an exhaustive inventory of all the strange critters lurking in human stomachs and intestines. That’s not what Dunn is about in this book about very important interconnectedness of all living things. Yes, that’s what this book does–it explores our forgotten interconnections with other living creatures and the natural world at large. Sufferers of Crohn’s disease should read with care–in other words, be careful with whatever ideas you get about worms from Dunn’s book.  If you’re into sustainable living and green cities then read Dunn’s text provides a serious foundation for the argument of urban farming on multiple levels. If you’re a “doctor” then it’s time to find out what’s been going with the work of the research scientists Dunn, a scientist with a penchant for ants, connects with all the glee of someone who has a vision of the bigger picture of life from the ant world on up.  If you’re ill–or healthy–here are some serious ideas to consider as to why.

Got skin care on your mind? Rethinking your hair–everywhere? Consider what fur is for.  Remember that supposedly useless appendix? Turns out it’s not so useless at all. Who says “milk does a body good”? I think it’s all the folks who mass produce that white stuff that is passed off as milk. It’s not. It’s something else entirely in my opinion. Is The Jungle Book one of your favorite stories? If so, I think you’ll enjoy The Wild Life of Our Bodies even more. Yes, it does have a tiger story in it–a real one about man/woman eating tigers. Ever wonder about the connection between our sight and our biology? Why do we behave as we do? Some tantalizing ideas are planted in Dunn’s mind garden–and they’re well worth watering.

Are you simply looking for some very good science writing with comic relief? Apparently Rob Dunn has a sense of humor and is not afraid of sharing it in his writing.  This is a very cool thing because it makes Dunn’s writing so very engaging rather than stiflingly pedantic. This is truly an accessible book about very serious science. Do not be afraid of it! Dunn is not out to clobber readers with a massive ego. He’s trying to sow some seriously potential seeds for hope for our future survival as a species. Part VII of his book, “The Future of Human Nature” focuses on “The Reluctant Revolutionary of Hope”  — Dickson Despommier. If you read no other part of this book except the last 26 pages–well then let it be these 26 pages.

If you care to read more than twenty-six pages other delicious tidbits await to tantalize your tongue (oh yes, you will learn a few things about tongues and taste buds too):  the story of Tim White’s discovery of Ardi; Debra Wade’s struggle to deal with Crohn’s; why the “bubble boy” died; Reynier’s long, long-term research in Paris to create a germ free world; an appendectomy performed in a submarine –complete with spoons and fingernail clippers; why we’ve done the weird thing of breeding beautiful roses without scent (a choice which baffles me to no end); a great deal about human fear of snakes–and quite a variety of other things–including the ways of leaf cutter ants.

If I were writing reviews for employment, and therefore funds, I’d give Rob Dunn’s The Wild Life of Our Bodies a full five-star rating (as in five out of five possible stars). I don’t currently write for monetary rewards. So there’s no cash incentive for me to praise Dunn’s personable writing, vision, and thinking. But praise I do.  Having read enough deadly dry scientific texts in another life I can appreciate what Rob Dunn offers–science ideas presented in a manner that entices one to explore further rather to retreat after being bludgeoned by a massive ego swimming in incomprehensible jargon.  Go forth and discover The Wild Life of Our Bodies–read, learn, and share widely. Please! How our future as a species unfolds may well depend on such seeds.

“The secret that runs throughout this book, the one I hope to have shown more than I have discussed, is that our bodies and our lives only make sense in the context of other species. Only by looking at other lives do we really understand our own.” Rob Dunn

 

The Impossible featuring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor–and a Tsunami

According to a Lionsgate email newsletter actor Ewan McGregor will present first responder International Medical Corps’  Courage Award to director Juan Antonio Bayona on December 4, 2012 for his film work on The Impossible which presents the true story of a family caught by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

The Impossible will be released on December 21, 2012–just in time to wrench your heartstrings for the commercial Christmas season.  With performances by McGregor and Watts this film ought to more than hold its own against any shallow glitz films proffered for the winter theaterlands.  It’s now at the top of my to see list.

Film website http://www.theimpossible-movie.com/#

International Medical Corps’ website  http://internationalmedicalcorps.org/page.aspx?pid=2445&erid=6254398&trid=01afa36f-76ae-4879-982a-664f0f6c4ffb

Navajo Recall Ben Shelly Effort Underway.

 

http://www.recallbenshelly.com/

Click link above to hear audio information in Navajo regarding the Recall Ben Shelly effort.

Visit the Facebook page for Recall Ben Shelly —>> http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=442546102442841&set=a.100999623264159.2274.100000623652639&type=1&comment_id=1289109#!/RecallBenShelly

Read the Dine’ Recall Ben Shelly statement here –>> http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=442546102442841&set=a.100999623264159.2274.100000623652639&type=1&comment_id=1289109#!/RecallBenShelly/info

Reasons Why Recall Is Underway Revealed–on Native News Network –>> http://www.nativenewsnetwork.com/reasons-why-recall-is-underway-revealed.html

    Sorry for all the links folks, but I think it’s best that people looking for information regarding this Recall effort see/hear/read it at places where it can be found online so that they have those sources for the future.

     I’ve been following Dine’ water issue and watching to see how this all plays out with much interest in how the Navajo people are working together.  There’s only one thing I can contribute to this story. It’s been over 30 years since I spent some time at what was then Ganado Community College in Arizona.  While there I learned that many Navajo and Hopi people had to haul water from wells, from natural potholes in the ground that caught rainwater, from 55 gallon drums, and anything else that would serve, set out to catch rainwater or that were filled from natural sources and hauled back home.  At that time they’d been doing all this water hauling forever. Thirty years later they’re still doing it in many communities.  In a video for SB 2109 Sen. John McCain used a photograph of Navajo people drawing water from a well and he made a comment that they have no infrastructure to deliver water to their homes.  McCain did not go on to say that this should not be happening in 2012. He did not say, “These people need infrastructure to get water to their homes.” What he did say is that water can be used effectively by OTHERS and should be!

    Here I sit where with the twist of a wrist I can turn on a flow of water into a kitchen sink and fill a glass with clean drinking water at will. Another twist and I can send water through a hose at a drip to the local heat exhausted birds foraging in the front yard. I can flush an indoor toilet all day long. Hot and cold showers are available on demand.  The laundry machine is just a few steps away for washing clothes. The only water I haul is in a plastic two gallon pail to the little bird beach in the backyard under the trees beyond the reach of the hose. Can you imagine having to haul ALL your drinking, cooking, bathing, gardening water all the time? Think about it. I suggest Shelly, McCain and Kyl think about it too.  Furthermore, I suggest they DO it themselves. Yes, I suggest those fellows all get dropped off at the Navajo community furthest from any water whatsoever and be left to their own devices to get their water supply in order to survive. All on their own with no one to help them carry a single drop.

Some general information about the Navajo Nation http://www.everyculture.com/multi/Le-Pa/Navajos.html

Big Big Sky by Kristyn Dunnion –a Big Wowza! of a novel from Red Deer Press

  Click the boot to see the video trailer and more at Red Deer Press.  If you find this an unsettling view  of teenage girls then I suggest you consider all that’s been written about their physical and psychological cruelty. Science fiction has nothing on the daily reality strutting through school hallways everywhere.

Rustle: I think of all the clicking, whirling cams, the screens and monitors, the hidden mics tracking our movements when we least suspect it–the never knowing when they’re watching. And I surrender to my own inevitable defeat. A tear rolls down my sorry check as I flashback to the Treason Times. I rememory all those twisted cores, those poor broken specimens struggling, impaled on their death sticks, waiting for the pain to end. Our ancestors, the human mothers who bore us, ridiculed ’til the very last milli and Beyond. That’ll be me soon. Sniff.

O thank you, Red Deer Press for your “…respect for the intelligence of the reader at every level…”–WOW–when’s the last time you read that in any American Publisher’s mission statement? Like NEVER!  I mean what American media outlet of any sort has any respect for the intelligence of its audience??? Red Deer Press is a Canadian operation–smirk, smirk.  Come on, be honest. I’m willing to entertain any suspects dishing up tomes to feed the intelligence hunger of Americans  anyone is willing to offer up.  Is it fair to argue that the fact that books in any form are still being produced by American publishers for the market is a good sign that we’ve not been entirely written off as complete morons–yet?  Big Big Sky is definitely not mental junk food for a dumbed down Young Adult audience. The very talented Kristyn Dunnion makes the most of every page to infiltrate and stretch the imagination of whoever picks up this totally engaging novel which raises a multitude of issues about blind obedience, genetic manipulation, love, leadership. loyalty and survival of the fittest–“Decline, Deform, Disobey.”  This is one hell of a science fiction/fantasy adventure into uncharted waters and beyond for the all female crew of a StarPod of young assassins: Rustle, Loo, Solomon, Shona and Roku.  Dunnion creates a tightly controlled world of young people trained by ScanMans to exterminate other humans. Then Dunnion turns the tables on the core group and soon they’re deep in a swim for their own lives to the lands beyond the mountain of total mind control. There’s good language craft fun with all the lingo Dunnion devises for this unruly passel of rampaging lasses as the plot unfolds from the shifting perspectives of each.  You don’t have to be a teenager or a female to jump into this novel and enjoy it immensely.  Keeping an open mind about love relationships and science fiction could be a tad useful at the onset–until the characters themselves yanky yank you into their world of troubles and tribulations and transformations.  Ever dream of becoming a big bird? How about an amphibian? What’s your control freak conformity factor?  All is fair in love and war, right?

I’m eagerly awaiting more of Kristyn Dunnion’s wicked writing wonders. I promise to share with the other girls nice nice.

See what else is on the reading plates at Red Deer Press http://www.reddeerpress.com/

Indigenous Peoples Know the Stakes for Survival. Do you?

Latin American Herald: Brazilian Indians Release Five Remaining Hostages At Damn Site.    http://laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=361190&CategoryId=14090

The Achuar have been fighthing big oil in Peru for 14 years –now that’s an ATTENTION span to envy–http://www.amazonwatch.org/amazon/PE/

Navajos Protest Uranium Mines  http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2010/05/navajos-protest-uranium-mining-plans.html

Amazon Indian Leaders meet Houma Nation in Louisiana    http://news.mongabay.com/2010/0727-kozloff_oil_indigenous.html

What’s happening? It’s the struggle to survive. And it’s coming to your home whether you believe it or not. This isn’t an “if”, it’s a “when”. Think the issues in Avatar were just a figment of a scriptwriter’s active imagination? LOL.  Indigenous people are not big and blue. They’re red, black, and brown people and they’ve got more than a few clues based on direct experience.  

Indian Country Today’s Headline: Venezuelan Indigenous Newspaper Wins Journalism Award http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/home/content/Venezuelan-history-first-99100324.html

Yes, there’s more news in the world than CNN, Fox, ABC and the BBC might lead one to think. Discover our world.

Four Years Go—today think of tomorrow

Kirstyfliesfree served up the link to this video inspiring hope for real change that comes from US–you and me–with every choice we make every day.  View, think, change–We are all connected. We are all part of the web of life on Earth. We only have ONE EARTH.

Check out Kirstyfliesfree’s windturbines at  http://kirstyfliesfree.wordpress.com/2010/07/22/listen-to-the-wind/#comment-517

Have they indeed ‘scored’ in Peru?

According to Survial’s site the Peruvian Congress is backing down on their laws to develop the rainforests. Have the Indigenous People truly scored a serious mark in this deadly serious ‘game’ of corporate development versus real people’s lives at stake? Do we dare hope for the emergence of a new understanding of the need to not only maintain but to enlarge the scope and range of the earth’s remaining vital natural environments? Can Peru’s Indigenous people help the rest of the world figure out the real priorities and what’s at stake by setting an example of informed, unified, focused action? Is there hope for homo sapiens? Who knows—but the Indigenous People of Peru clearly have upped the ante for all of us—real living versus extinction.

http://www.survival-international.org/news/4696

http://www.amazonwatch.org/newsroom/view_news.php?id=1874

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