Thank you Jerry and the Indigenous Language Institute for the work you do. Let's call the efforts by the churches and the governments to destroy our respective Indian languages what they were "Linguicide," the intentional killing of languages. Thousands of years of linguistic evolution by our ancestors in many instances destroyed because of an ideology and paradigm of domination, destruction, and greed. The fact that this was a parochial (presumably Catholic)school makes this example emblematic of the fact that the Church itself has evidently not evolved. Catholic Church efforts to "kill the Indian" by endeavoring to destroy our languages, cultures, and traditions is in keeping with the terminology of numerous Catholic documents issued by the so-called 'Holy See.' Think of this language issued by Pope Nicholas V to King Alfonso V of Portugal: 'to invade, capture, vanquish, and subdue, all Saracens, pagans, and other enemies of Christ, to reduce their persons to perpetual slavery, and to take away all their possessions and property. Other key terms found in other such Church documents are "subjugate" "deprimantur" "dominorum christianorum," ("Christian dominator") "dominationes." Some sixty percent of the English language is actually Latin, which is the language of the Roman Empire, and therefore predicated on and replicates in our time the mentality of the Roman Empire. Think 'Roman Catholic ('universal') Church.' This, and the continuing dehumanization of our peoples, is the historical context of this story of our young sister, Miranda, who bears the same surname as our amazingly brilliant sister Ingrid.
Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 03:09