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Indigenous knowledge forced underground and attempted to be destroyed

An article by a woman who is an env humanity dept at Arizona State Univ (ASU) [where I got a PhD in math in 1973] is a group of people who I had never heard of until this morning with an article published on academia.edu — journal articles free to down load

Modernity was all powerful so could squash all those primitive people and their customs — nothing of value there — and besides they were occupying land and resources which were needed and were there for the taking …

These are among the many literature people who have spent years on indigenous work

From Flintwing Boy’s place in the night sky to the Navajo conceptionof Father Sky to Mother Earth, to the Mayan conception of Sea and Sky,recorded in the
Popol Vuh
(a corpus of mytho-historical-astronomical nar-ratives), Indigenous groups around the world see themselves as intimatelyrelated to the sun, moon, stars, earth, and water. In the
Popol Vuh,
the godsof the sea and sky make four attempts to create human beings. In one failedattempt, they create a being of mud that is washed away by the rain. Mayanelders suggest that this story is not a paraphrase of the Greek story of Pro-metheus or the biblical story of Adam’s creation from mud, but a “negationof Adam,” and probably a direct critique of the beliefs and practices forcedon Quichéan peoples by Spanish colonizers who did not believe the Mayato be human (Tedlock 1985, 263–64, 270–71). Joni Adamson has sug-gested the phrase “seeing instrument,” long associated with the
Popol Vuh,
to describe cultural productions and humanities scholarship that draw ourattention to Indigenous “cosmovisions”—conceptions of entangled humanrelations with more-than-human worlds (Adamson 2001, 145; Adamson2014). From ancient Indigenous story cycles and farmers’ almanacs to con-temporary novels, such narratives have long worked as an imaginative forcefor thinking about “the origins and [ongoing evolutionary] transformationsof the world and its inhabitants” (Cruickshank 2005, 99)

This is the reason why—well ahead of the Paris Climate talks andinspired by “cosmovisions”—many representatives from the Global Southand myriad Indigenous groups convened in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 2010for the “World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth.” There they wrote a Universal Declaration on the Rightsof Mother Earth (UDRME, 2010). The working papers from this conference show the participants’ intention to attribute to Indigenous peoples, nations, and organizations ancestral “cosmovisions”—thousands of years in the making—that conceive of Earth as a “person” or “living being with whom [all persons] have an indivisible and interdependent relationship”(“World Peoples’ Conference” 2010, Common Objective 1).
The Work-ing Group 7 on Indigenous Peoples decried “aggression toward MotherEarth” as an assault on us,” with the word “us” clearly meant to convey all human groups (not just Indigenous) and all other “persons,” inclu-ding the “soils, air, forests, rivers, [and] lakes” (“Final Conclusions” 2010,parag. 2).The UDRME notion of all living, mutually interdependent, entities as“persons” that draw on ancient traditions is at the center of Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies’s focus on cosmovisions. Like Flintwing Boy and Coyote, and Father Sky and Mother Earth, the chapters of this volume reveal how many Indigenous cultural traditions throughout the world imbue their worlds with agential “persons.” “Whether human or animal inform or name, these characters [behave] like people, though many of theiractivities are depicted in a spatiotemporal framework of cosmic, rather than mundane, dimensions” (Adamson Clarke 1992, 45, note 11).
When repre-sented in contemporary poetry, fiction, or film, they work in a time-space continuum of past, present, and future, because, like Flintwing Boy, they simultaneously comment on the “relic” or ancient story, and the new genre(in this case, the short story), to help speculate about the present and the future in a rapidly changing contemporary world. Flintwing Boy, then, is a seeing instrument employed by Faustin to think about what he is seeing on the television, assess it, put it into the context of what the Acoma people have learned through time, and consider how this new information might be useful in the present and future

Cosmovisions, Ecocriticism, andIndigenous Studies


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Today seems to be international day.



while i am careful not to make Soros a bogeyman and tbh, i admire(d)(?) him, this grayzone reporting is interesting. explains why HRW is so awful.


k. taking a break.:O)


What is Trump doing with his veto power? Many answers, all valid.

One answer is Trump is using his veto power to get attention and cause chaos.

That is the correct answer with the National Defense Act. Trump wants this to pass and it will because on Monday the Senate and House will vote to Override his veto. Mission accomplished. Trump got attention and the bill goes through. Win/Win.

The Covid Relief bill may be another matter entirely. Trump has not vetoed it. He hasn’t read it. So far, he has ignored it except to demand a $2000 check be sent to needy Americans. Grandstanding, to say the least, since he ignored the Relief negotiations since the first bill passed 9 months ago.

Here are the stakes:

If Trump vetoes the Relief Bill in the next few days, Congress can Override his veto. Problem solved.

If Trump signs the Relief Bill in the next few days, problem solved.

If Trump ignores the Relief Bill for 10 days, Sundays are not counted,and the current term of Congress runs out….then the Relief Bill dies.

The next Congress gets to try again .

My guess is that the Bill will be signed at the last possible second.