I just have a general question in regards to the articles I have been reading over the past month or so. I am wondering how each nation is providing concerted effort towards the maintenance of traditional epistomologies, cosmotologies, philosophies, ideologies embodied within and symbolized in our languages, stories, ceremonies, medicinal practices, societal norms, all of the basic institutions of any society? I it is disheartening to read so many stories of "success" of nations thru economic development. Isn't that what the US and Canadian govs have both wanted since the land grabbing started? To assimilate us so that we are respectful citizens within their model of societal institutions? Then I read articles like "On the Road to Rainy Mountain" I see symbolized is the life all nations fought to keep -- a "green", free, self-determined lifestyle that will leave the earth healthy for when its time to pass it on to the next generation. What is the contradictory message? Talk the sovereign talk, sell majestic art, dance for money, but live true to the Western model because it is the only means of survival??? I am just not seeing recognition and newsworthy stories of the individuals, groups or nations who are maintaining our sovereignty by keeping our languages and cultures strong. I want to know there are other people in sister nations who are content living a life that is devoted to living free of chasing the economic dream being indoctrinated in our minds as the only definition of success and that its necessary to keep the traditional mindset alive. Or are these people the ones said to be poverty stricken? What happened to being content that we eat enough, drink clean water, have health with our families, take from the land enough to sustatin us and thanking the Creator or all? Without language, culture and a reverence for our Mother, The Earth--we ARE assimilated.
Friday, March 25, 2011 - 18:43