The Great SpiritMay 03, 2013
The Great Spirit is in all things; he is in the air we breathe. The Great Spirit is our father, but the Earth is our mother. She nourishes us; that which we put into the ground she returns to us. — Big Thunder (Bedagi)
The WhitesMay 01, 2013
The whites were always trying to make the Indians give up their life and live like the white men—go to farming, work hard and do as they did—and the Indians did not know how to do that, and did not want to anyway. If the Indians had tried to make the whites live like them, the whites would have resisted, and it was the same with many Indians. — Wamditanka (Big Eagle)
Time to DieApril 29, 2013
"When it comes time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song, and die like a hero going home." —Chief Aupumut
Video: Mega-Pod of Dolphins Stretches for MilesFebruary 21, 2013
Thousands of dolphins were spotted off the coast of San Diego by passengers aboard a tour boat, which then followed the "super mega-pod" for more than an hour.
“They were coming from all directions, you could see them from as far as the eye can see,” said Captain Joe Dutra of Hornblower Cruises to San Diego’s NBC affiliate, NBC7.
He estimated that 100,000 dolphins, adult and juvenile, were swimming in what he called a “super mega-pod” that stretched more than seven miles long and five miles wide, the television station said.
“They were coming from all directions, you could see them from as far as the eye can see,” Dutra told the station. “I’ve seen a lot of stuff out here … but this is the biggest I’ve ever seen, ever.”
It’s not unheard-of for that many dolphins to gather, though wildlife specialists told the TV station that they usually travel in groups of no larger than 200. Sometimes, though, schools join together, said Sarah Wilkin, a marine mammal expert, to NBC.
The incident reminded boat captain Dave Anderson of one such pod that he had encountered.
"It's one of the most amazing things I've ever seen," Anderson told the Los Angeles Times, likening the phenomenon to being in the middle of a herd of wild horses.
“You had to be there to experience it,” Dutra said. “It was truly spectacular.”
Luckily we’ve got the next-best thing: a video taken by one of the many guests aboard the boat, which was in fact on a whale-watching tour.
Materialism and Mother EarthFebruary 01, 2013
Recently we received a tip from a fan of ICTMN's Facebook page about a new documentary called Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview. (You can watch the video here www.crossroadsfilm.com).
As the film proceeded to address many of the environmental, political and monetary pitfalls of the 21st century, one section—featuring environmentalist and activist Annie Leonard, from her own film The Story of Stuff—had particular resonance for us. The quote encapsulates a philosophy that many Native thinkers have pointed to as a major flaw in western society.
To Annie Leonard, it identifies a programmatic, post-World War II shift in the economy by titans of industry that help create today's rampant consumer culture. It is by economist Victor Lebov and we think it bears repeating here:
"Our enormously productive economy… demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual satisfaction, our ego satisfaction in consumption… we need things consumed, burned up, replaced, and discarded at an ever-accelerating rate"
Watch this clip on consumption from Annie Leonard's The Story Stuff:
I Have BeenNovember 16, 2012
I have been to the end of the earth. I have been to the end of the waters. I have been to the end of the sky. I have been to the end of the mountains. I have found none that are not my friends.
The GroundNovember 14, 2012
The ground on which we stand is sacred ground. It is the blood of our ancestors.
We Must ProtectNovember 12, 2012
We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can't speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.
I Have HeardNovember 09, 2012
I have heard you intend to settle us on a reservation near the mountains. I don't want to settle. I love to roam over the prairies. There I feel free and happy, but when we settle down we grow pale and die.
We Are GoingNovember 07, 2012
We are going by you without fighting if you will let us, but we are going by you anyhow!