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A PORTRAIT OF NATIVE ACTIVISM: "We Are All Indigenous to Mother Earth, But We Have Forgotten"

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Among Tiokasin Ghosthorse's childhood memories is the "reign of terror" that engulfed the Lakota native reservations from 1973 to 1976 following the 72-day indigenous occupation at Wounded Knee.

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Past Member (0)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 4:19 am
Great Post Cal Cheers

Terry V (30)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 5:26 am
A+ article
Thank you!

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 6:21 am
Thank you so much Cal for posting this lovely and inspirational story. I truly hope Tiokasin's work helps promote the importance of preserving the cultures and beliefs of all indigenous people, of which so much is gone in the name of "progress."

divergent revolution (309)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 9:02 am
This brings back so many memories,I was only a small child,but I remember this was the spark that awakened me to follow the red road, and never be distracted by monetary temporary trends,and keep on keeping on.
It has made all the difference, and I consider myself lucky to know all that I do,in order to preserve the heritage.
Hugs,ty Cal

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 9:37 am
Native culure is a way of life, not just words. I can tell you fisrt hand Tiokasin is a man worth listening to. He has wisdom beyond his year and is keen sighted-a-ka-te-na.
Thhank you for this wondeful post my friend.

Eternal G (745)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 7:05 pm
Many thanks! (I haven't forgotten).

Robert K (31)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 7:42 pm
If only we had had the wisdom to learn rather than subjugate!

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 8:38 pm
Through the echoing presence of an indigenous sound, Tiokasin seeks to “remind people through music where they really come from”.

When people hear the music, many have said “they feel something ancient in themselves,” he told IPS.

“All of us are indigenous to Mother Earth, it’s just that we’ve forgotten how to be indigenous,” he said.

For Tiokasin, the music reminds us that we have a moral responsibility to live with Mother Earth, as human beings, and not on Mother Earth, as parasites.

Jaime A (52)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 11:23 pm
Good article.!!

Myron Scott (70)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 11:31 pm
Every living heart is a beating drum.

Elle B (84)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 12:29 am
Thank-you Cal for faithfully reporting the news of indigenous peoples . . .

The vast majority of Americans and so-called "civilized" societies are too enamored with and addicted to their own ignorance and will not give it up.

Profiteers, opportunists, zealots and fanatics got a hold of the history books. Much of the spirit and essence of America democracy that many hold dear and strive for but has never been complete... comes from the 1st Nations. Yet 1st nation peoples have been violated and abused in the horrendous ways and their voices are not truly honored nor heard to this day. True American history is not accurately portrayed. That is a great imbalance and weakness.

"Every king hath his council, and that consists of all the
old and wise men of his nation. . . . [N]othing is under-
taken, be it war, peace, the selling of land or traffick,
without advising with them; and which is more, with the
young men also. . . . The kings . . . move by the breath
of their people. It is the Indian custom to deliberate. . . .
I have never seen more natural sagacity." ―William Penn to the Society of Free Traders, 16 August 1683

"This is King Tammany's Day. Tammany was an Indian King, of this past of the Continent, when Mr. Penn first came here. His court was in this town. He was friendly to Mr. Penn and very serviceable to him. He lived here among the first settlers for some time and until old age. ... The people here have sainted him and keep his day." ―John Adams in a letter to his wife Abigail Adams, May 1, 1777, regarding Tammamend, Sachem of the Lenape [Delaware]

Note: Refering to 1st Nation leaders as Kings was the only reference the colonists/settlers knew.

JM A (176)
Sunday August 12, 2012, 8:57 pm
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