Saturday, June 14, 2014

Walking With Nature

In Walking With Nature, Jewell Praying Wolf James and Kenneth Cooper -- spiritual leaders of Lummi Nation -- related the miracle of the survival of American Indian spiritual awareness, given what they have had to endure. Kenneth Cooper has since walked on, but Jewell James remains an important leader of the Lhaq 'temish people.

On Monday June 16 at Wexliem House, Jewell James and other Coast Salish leaders will welcome an evening with Winona LaDuke in a Sacred Talk, as part of the Stommish Sacred Summit, convened by Lummi Nation to discuss energy export projects associated with the Tar Sands, Powder River Basin coal mines, and the Bakken Shale oil fields--all of which threaten to destroy the Salish Sea.

As Brian Cladoosby, president of the National Congress of American Indians remarked, “Over the last 100 years, our most sacred site, the Salish Sea, has been deeply impacted by our pollution-based economy. We have decided no more and we are stepping forward.” The propitious gathering at Wexliem in two days time is a significant part of that international indigenous initiative.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Dublin 1920

We are what we have endured.
--Elizabeth Keating, Republican Bulletin

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Nature of Reality

North America was full of corpses, traumatized survivors, and children whose cultural inheritance had been shattered beyond repair. Did this affect people’s behavior? Did it change their personalities? Did it affect the stories they told? How could it do otherwise?
--Robert Bringhurst, Guernica

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Yankee Ingenuity

The future ain't what it used to be.
--Yogi Berra

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Delightful Duets

Gilbert and Sullivan, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Peabody and Sherman, Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale..

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

End of the Tunnel

Inasmuch as a mustering of strength is needed, I urge you to develop expanded horizons and widened scopes. Your joint capital is firmly rooted in the visions of the management team, and the future looks bright. The light is visible at the end of the tunnel. Ahead of your great burden lies a fair reward. Seize the day, make the most of every minute, pull out all the stops.
--Waldemar Morner, from Bad Blood by Arne Dahl

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Silences and Dismissals

As Religion Dispatches reports, some Black churches in Texas -- where a Black lesbian couple was murdered earlier this month -- have maintained silence about the tragedy. Churches and other moral authorities that remain silent or dismissive of the oppressions of others because they do not belong to their view of God's children are complicit in those oppressions.