Sunday, October 21, 2012

Knowings in my bones...(#3)

Many indigenous cultures have the integral element of shared abundance based in communalism. Modern anti-culture has much to give away - it's addiction to individualism, consumerism and materialism, human and natural exploitative values and the idea of unlimited growth which is nothing more than unlimited greed. We are buying/taking/ stealing/hoarding ourselves to death. The land here on Turtle Island doesn't understand that energy and why "(US)Americans" as such will never truly be Americans until this contradiction of values is reconciled.

The buffalo was (and is) a central spiritual and material Relation
 for the Turtle Island Plains Nations before the onslaught of
European settler-colonialism.  In the word of Daniel Quinn
("Ishmael"),  European "taker" values decimated buffalo
populations out of genocidal intent and greed.

The buffalo popluations are rebounding due to the work and spiritual
guidance of the Native nations along with the help of European settler
conservationists and activists.  The spirit of abundance can and does live
again on Turtle Island despite the continuing dominance and
exploitation of colonialism and capitalism.

"Once I was in Victoria and I saw a very large house.  They told me it was a bank and that the white men place their money there to be taken care of, and that by and by they got it back with interest.
We are Indians and we have no such bank; but when we have plenty of money or blankets, we give them away to other chiefs and people, by and by they return them with interest, and our hearts feel good.
Our way of giving is our bank." - attributed to Chief Maquinna, as posted by 'The Great Spirit' (facebook)

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