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"Whether we are born to loving parents or abusive parents, born by natural childbirth or Cesarean, born into or without a community, born with disabilities, or found in a trash yard, we all have unique gifts to bring to this world." – Sobonfu Some, "Welcoming Spirit Home", pg.41

 

Our World, the Global Village - a view of our earth home from space
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  1. Quotes
  2. Video 
  3. Websites, Online Articles & Resources 

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1) Quotes - Words of Support and Wisdom from the Village - 

 

 

Winona LaDuke:

"Power is not brute force and money; power is in your spirit. Power is in your soul. It is what your ancestors, your old people gave you. Power is in the earth; it is in your relationship to the earth."  - Winona LaDuke

"Across the continent, on the shores of small tributaries, in the shadows of sacred mountains, on the vast expanse of the prairies, or in the safety of the woods, prayers are being repeated, as they have for thousands of years, and common people with uncommon courage and the whispers of their ancestors in their ears continue their struggles to protect the land and water and trees on which their very existence is based. And like small tributaries joining together to form a mighty river, their force and power grows." - Winona LaDuke

"If we build a society based on honoring the earth, we build a society which is sustainable, and has the capacity to support all life forms." - Winona LaDuke

John Trudell:

"We have power... Our power isn’t in a political system, or a religious system, or in an economic system, or in a military system; these are authoritarian systems... they have power... but it’s not reality. The power of our intelligence, individually or collectively IS the power; this is the power that any industrial ruling class truly fears: clear coherent human beings." - John Trudell

"Every human being is a raindrop. And when enough of the raindrops become clear and coherent they then become the power of the storm." -  John Trudell

Paula Gunn Allen:

"Snowflakes, leaves, humans, plants, raindrops, stars, molecules, microscopic entities all come in communities. The singular cannot in reality exist." - Paula Gunn Allen

"In the Native American tradition... a man, if he's a mature adult, nurtures life. He does rituals that will help things grow, he helps raise the kids, and he protects the people. His entire life is toward balance and cooperativeness. The ideal of manhood is the same as the ideal of womanhood. You are autonomous, self-directing, and responsible for the spiritual, social and material life of all those with whom you live." - Paula Gunn Allen

"The root of oppression is the loss of memory." - Paula Gunn Allen

An elephant family walks the sacred land - Elephants are well known to visit the bones of their Ancestors

 

Luisah Teish:

"We are the ancestors of the future and what we do now will have an impact." -  Luisah Teish

"I maintain that the biggest challenge in the new millennium could be a change of habit. We could change from a dominating commodity culture into one of true exchange in which we learn from each other in humility and respect. I do think it's possible. But it's up to us." - Luisah Teish

"Sometimes the ancestors deem certain information so important that they send it to the subconscious mind without being consciously asked." - Luisah Teish

Malidoma Some:

"Healing comes when the individual remembers his or her identity—the purpose chosen in the world of ancestral wisdom—and reconnects with that world of Spirit." - Malidoma Patrice Some

"Whether they are raised in indigenous or modern culture, there are two things that people crave: the full realization of their innate gifts, and to have these gifts approved, acknowledged, and confirmed. There are countless people in the West whose efforts are sadly wasted because they have no means of expressing their unique genius. In the psyches of such people there is an inner power and authority that fails to shine because the world around them is blind to it." - Malidoma Patrice Some

"Peace is Letting Go--Returning to the Silence that cannot enter the realm of words because it is too pure to be contained in words. This is why the tree, the stone, the river, and the mountain are quiet." - Malidoma Patrice Some

"The spiritual thirst that is latent in everybody can never come to a place of fulfillment unless people begin to think of each other as potential brothers and sisters." - Malidoma Patrice Some

"Our souls do not like stagnation. Our souls aspire toward growth, that is, toward remembering all that we have forgotten due to our trip to this place, the earth." - Malidoma Patrice Some

All above quotes are from http://www.azquotes.com/

 

2) Video - Images of Us, the Ancestors are watching...

 

 

  • "Performance for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women": "In October, Canada’s unions staged a unique and powerful performance with music by A Tribe Called Red, video, holograms and dance to honour Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women." - https://youtu.be/q_vqlZJofo0  

  • ► "We are more than murdered and missing. | Tamara Bernard | TEDxThunderBay": "With a talk that encourages hope, love, empowerment and igniting a new way of learning together as a nation, Tamara lays bare the world of violence impacting indigenous women." - https://youtu.be/fylLSRQ5kx8

  • ► "Angela Davis & BLM Co-Founder Alicia Garza in Conversation across Generations", Democracy Now! - https://youtu.be/_gqGVni8Oec

  • ► "Beats of the Antonov": A deep, challenging and enriching documentary of the struggles in the Sudan and the girls and women who are caught up in the on-going battles.....and their constant empowering tradition of song, drumming and dance that tells the stories of their experiences from their everyday lives.  We hear the very important voices of women...in song...and from their bright minds, from their hearts (see link for the full documentary)  - http://www.pbs.org/pov/beatsoftheantonov/video/beats-of-the-antonov/

  • Nahko & Medicine for the People's Nahko, his adoption story and the history behind his birth.  This is an amazing story of his mother and her strength and wisdom - http://www.crixeo.com/human-trafficking-survivor-elisia-lopez-son-nahko-bear/

  • bell hooks, "Cultural Criticism and Transformation", Media Education Foundation - https://youtu.be/zQUuHFKP-9s

  • "Democratic Womanism" A Poem by Alice Walker - https://youtu.be/iuHfX-dX4-I

  • Ancestral Voices: Esoteric African Knowledge Trailer: A groundbreaking cultural  work that spans two continents, revealing the profound nature and challenges of those who practice and live traditional African spiritual systems. This speaks from the heart of the Ancestors through those people, ideologies, practices and perspecitives to bring forward the genius of the African cosmological view. - https://youtu.be/2LqxMegWSqI?list=PLijLDU16C6QudCwRSEaR8tfyMva2Ud9yl

  • What is culture? Ancestral Voices 2 campaign https://youtu.be/oXD2U9kbM48

  • ► Ancestral Voices: Interview With Directorshttps://youtu.be/89XEd5ISVoM

  • Across The King's River Movie Trailer: James Weeks' exploration of Youruba and Senegalese spiritual traditions, healing practices and their importance in this modern world context - https://youtu.be/sm7OsZWSxik

  • ► "Vandana Shiva: Water is Peace": "Vandana Shiva explains how Water is at the Heart of Peace, the Heart of Justice and the Heart of Sustainability." - https://youtu.be/C2K56rd1JuI 

A frog and water lilies on a quiet pond - Water is at the source of peace

 

  • Emma Watson, UN Goodwill Ambassador speaks on Gender and Feminism: perspectives on feminism presented by actress Emma Watson (CNN, Goalcast) "This is the first campaign of its kind at the U.N. We want to try and galvanize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for change and we don't just want to talk about it. We want to try and make sure that it's tangible." - https://youtu.be/EFIQz1heTlY

  • "The Codes of Gender": Media Education Foundation - Teaser - Available on DVD - https://youtu.be/HGsWWczLYds

  • Nahko Bear "Wash it Away" (Subtitulos en español): "Vídeo subtitulado al español del tema "Wash it Away" de Nahko Bear.
    Sesión acústica realizada por Wanderlust." - https://youtu.be/9-GdjkoBBcU

  • "Global Voices":  a televisual compendium of stories from all over the world covering a rich and powerful array of social, political and cultural issues. Please visit the website and find out where to view its programs.  You will not be disappointed. It is available through World Channel ( http://worldchannel.org/ ) - https://globalvoices.org/

  • World Channel: "WORLD™ is a 24/7, full service multicast channel featuring public television’s signature nonfiction documentary, science and news programming complemented by original content from emerging producers." - http://worldchannel.org/

  • Link TV: "Link TV broadcasts programs that engage, educate and activate viewers to become involved in the world. Founded in 1999, Link TV provides a unique perspective on international news, current events, and diverse cultures, presenting issues not often covered in the US media. We connect American viewers with people at the heart of breaking events, organizations in the forefront of social change and the cultures of an increasingly global community." [If one only had one TV channel to watch, LInk TV might just be the one to watch. - Ukumbwa Sauti] - https://www.linktv.org/

  • "Not Without Us" documentary:  "Not Without Us follows seven grassroots activists from around the world to the 21st U.N. Climate Talks in Paris. The effects of climate change on their lives reveal what’s at stake if a strong agreement to limit carbon emissions is not reached. Yet, the landmark Paris Accords, signed by 192 nations, is non-binding and fails to mention the main cause of global climate change: fossil fuels. How could this be?" - http://www.notwithoutusmovie.com/home-1/

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3) Websites, Articles, Resources - For You, For Us!

  • TO SAVE THE WATER, WE MUST BREAK THE CYCLE OF COLONIAL TRAUMA, by Ladonna Bravebull Allard -   http://sacredstonecamp.org/blog/2017/2/4/to-save-the-water-we-must-break-the-cycle-of-colonial-trauma

  • ► "Rebecca Solnit: How Women Are Changing the World", An interview with the author and activist on feminism, Trump, and our exciting and horrifying moment in history.  By Jon Wiener - https://www.thenation.com/article/rebecca-solnit-how-women-are-changing-the-world/

  • Vital Voices: "Our mission is to identify, invest in and bring visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities.

    Vital Voices Global Partnership is the preeminent non-governmental organization (NGO) that identifies, trains and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe, enabling them to create a better world for us all." - http://www.vitalvoices.org/

  • ► Bioneers, Revolution from the Heart of Nature:"an innovative nonprofit educational organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet" - http://www.bioneers.org/

  • ► Suppressed Histories Archive, by Max Dashu: an important and ancient and deeply timely exploration and exposition of women's history and the revelation of our Ancestors' veneration and experience of the divine feminine throughout our Global Village...in this day and time, Max Dashu's work is keenly important and necessary.  Please support her by visiting, learning and carrying her powerful offering into your lives - http://www.suppressedhistories.net/

  • Navdanya: "Navdanya means “nine seeds” (symbolizing protection of biological and cultural diversity) and also the “new gift” (for seed as commons, based on the right to save and share seeds In today’s context of biological and ecological destruction, seed savers are the true givers of seed. This gift or “dana” of Navadhanyas (nine seeds) is the ultimate gift – it is a gift of life, of heritage and continuity. Conserving seed is conserving biodiversity, conserving knowledge of the seed and its utilization, conserving culture, conserving sustainability." - http://www.navdanya.org/

  • Vandana Shiva: Author, Activist, Pioneer, Scientific Advisor, Mother - http://vandanashiva.com/ 
  • Health of Mother Earth Foundation - Nigeria:  "HOMEF is an environmental/ecological think tank and advocacy organisation. It is rooted in solidarity and in the building and protection of human and collective dignity.

    We believe that neoliberal agendas driven by globalization of exploitation of the weak, despoliation of ecosystems and lack of respect for Mother Earth thrive mostly because of the ascendancy of enforced creed of might is right. This ethic permits the powerful to pollute, grab resources and degrade/destroy the rest simply because they can do so. HOMEF recognizes that this reign of (t)error can best be tackled through a conscious examination of the circumstances by which the trend crept in and got entrenched. HOMEF's work track is continuous political education that examines the roots of exploitation of resources, labour, peoples, territories, nations and regions.  Through this HOMEF contributes to the building of movements for recovery of memory, dignity and harmonious living with full respect of natural cycles of Mother Earth."  http://www.homef.org/

  • Zithande Africa Foundation: Inspire a Child, Empower and Nation, "The ultimate goal of Zithande Africa Foundation, is to use the Creative Arts to heal, empower. and  enable dialogue and unity, with youth in marginalized communities. This includes working with, Refugee youth, Former Child Soldiers, and those children who are living in extreme poverty, with a special attention to girls and women. We are a humanitarian organization. who believe that the arts are human rights that elevate marginalized children in Africa and other parts of the world, by building their ability to successfully address life’s challenges, and build self esteem. Zithande Africa, soon to be Jipende Africa, teaches and inspires children using the transformative power of the Creative Arts, to promote learning, resiliency, emotional health and personal empowerment." - http://www.zithandeafrica.org/

  • ► Tlatokan Atlahuak Declaration, Declaration of the Indigenous Peoples Parallel Forum that ran concurrent with the 4th World Water Forum: An important, pivotal and informative statement made by indigenous peoples at the Indigenous Peoples Parallel Forum to the 4th World Water Forum in Mexico, 2006 - http://www.treff-raum-espaciotime.com/en/articles/TLATOKANATLAHUAKDECLARATION.htm

A river runs beautifully, powerfully through the land - We must allow freedom for water, just as we must allow freedom for peace

 

  • ► Censored News by Brenda Norrell (blog) - "Censored News publishes a collective of Indigenous and other grassroots writers focused on human rights. Censored News is a media whistleblower site."  http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/            
  • Pambazuka News: Voices for Freedom and Justice - (with translation pages in English, Portuguese and French)  
  • Lynn Gehl's "Ally Bill of Responsibilities": Her important offering to those who wish to be allies to indigenous peoples includes the following -
    • 1. Do not act out of guilt, but rather out of a genuine interest in challenging the larger oppressive power structures; 
      2. Understand that they are secondary to the Indigenous people that they are working with and that they seek to serve. They and their needs must take a back seat; 
    • http://www.lynngehl.com/my-ally-bill-of-responsibilities.html

  • Unist'ot'en Camp: Heal the People, Heal the Land, "Free, Prior and Informed Consent Protocol" - 

    "The Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) protocol used by the Unist’ot’en is a request of permission to enter the lands of the traditional chiefs and matriarchs. Visitors are asked to identify themselves and their relationship to the hosts, as our ancestors did. Like a border crossing, the protocol questions make Unist’ot’en land a safe place. FPIC ensures peace and security on the territory.

    In ancient times and even today in canoe journeys, and community resistance building gatherings, there exist Protocols where visiting peoples have shown who they are in relation to asking permission to enter the Traditional Lands from the Traditional Chiefs and Matriarchs of the hosting lands.

    This is a living breathing assertion of the Traditional Laws of the Wet’suwet’en, which have been asserted via protocols like this on the lands for thousands of years, and renewed by today’s sovereigntists." - http://unistoten.camp/come-to-camp/fpic/

 

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