- @Aandeiyeen I'd love to do the same presentation @ the Tlingit Clan Conference in Nov; but I don't think I'll make it up to Juneau for that 2 months ago
- @Aandeiyeen Hey you! I've been asked to present at this conference. I'll be sharing heretical ideas on clan, band,village,tribal sovereignty 2 months ago
- RT @Aandeiyeen: "Alternative Sovereignties: Decolonization Through Indigenous Vision and Struggle." Call for papers: naisa.org/node/669 … 2 months ago
- OldGrowthAlliance holding 6th annual rally in Seattle: Destroying Columbus' Legacy: Re-Constructing Indigenous Unity on.fb.me/GGOjIB 2 months ago
- RT @CorcranIsAinmDm: @revlentil @ndeertrack @alammus @jeremy6d dead, bleached, and sold out until I get home and print more, this time with… 2 months ago
- 4th Generation Warfare
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Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, Oct 18, 2013
In the aftermath of the RCMP raid on the anti-fracking blockade in New Brunswick, in Mi'kmaq territory, there has emerged a conspiracy theory that the six police vehicles set on fire were the act of police informants acting as agents provocateurs.
Don't believe the hype without proof. Great analysis from Zig Zag here.
Over reaction by Canadian authorities to anti-fracking protests… what does it mean? First Nations are at a very different stage in their relationship with Canada than, say, Alaska Natives are with the US. If anything, entrenched Native institutions in Alaska would probably want, and get, their due piece of the action in drilling, mining, logging, etc.
The Canadian government’s heavy handed response is overkill; but something like this is to be expected. The mode of operation against such protests these days is for the authorities to legitimize their move to crush opposition by getting the courts to give the green light. Involved in this process is usually some form of negotiation with less radical elements while simultaneously marginalizing the more extreme radicals who won’t come to the table.
A report on Canada’s vulnerability to aboriginal insurrection says that their energy and transportation infrastructure is brittle and vulnerable to sabotage and attack by a “warrior cohort” of young, unemployed, criminalized Natives. A strike by this cohort could cost the Canadian economy tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars per week. The response suggested by the report is an escalation of the police state plus public project/welfare buy offs for First Nations and resettlement of some communities; basically a carrot and stick approach that would bring indigenous people’s in line and into the fold.
On their own peaceful protests and blockades won’t win us sovereignty. In the age of Idle No More they are great for spreading sympathy and news rapidly around the world, but they won’t force the government to the table with favorable terms for indigenous people. My suggestion, for what it’s worth, would be to use these events as catalysts to legitimize the threat of our own violent response. After all, that is what they do when they deploy heavily armed
paramilitary troops police. Indigenous people could either participate in the marginalization of radical elements, which is what they want us to do before we come to the table, or we could go to the negotiating table with a guerrilla militia capable of crippling the Canadian economy at our backs.
What would this look like? Well, it wouldn’t mean armed clashes at blockades. That’s a recipe for disaster and unnecessary bloodshed. Indigenous people couldn’t win such a fight and it wouldn’t win any hearts or minds to our cause. Instead, it would mean proving that we have the capability of inspiring a continent wide strike against economic infrastructure. This is a relatively peaceful demonstration (as in no one really has to get hurt) of 4th generation warfare. To some extent the Canadian Government already knows this. So in the short run it may look using tribal governments as cover while at the same time building alliances, building networks, rebuilding traditional, grassroots institutions such as clans, bands, houses and villages, and creating a shadow system of self governance. The ultimate goal would be to reassert true indigenous sovereignty over our territories through the establishment of de facto tribal nations that have the capability of striking back against the system when our sovereignty is threatened. Of course, alliances with non-indigenous people on the continent will be critical. The alternative is to simply continue going along with the kangaroo court that has been set up by colonial powers to continue robbing us blind.
September 1, 2013
ATS editors Keith Preston and Vince Rinehart discuss Cascadia and bioregionalism with guest Casey Corcoran.
- Defining Cascadia as a place rather than a political entity.
- The ideas and history of bioregionalism as a movement.
- The commonalities shared by colonized peoples.
- The relationship between ecological crises and colonialism.
Casey Corcoran and myself chat with Keith Preston about Cascadia and bioregionalism.
The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
- Albert Einstein
Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind. Therefore do not use compulsion, but let early education be rather a sort of amusement; this will better enable you to find out the natural bent of the child.
With school starting back up, here are some articles and videos that might be of interest.
The School of Tlingit Customs and Traditions – By Andrew Hope III
Goosú wé Dropouts? Where Are the Native Dropouts? By Ishmael Hope
The Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto – The underground history of the American education will take you on a journey into the background, philosophy, psychology, politics, and purposes of compulsion schooling.
Be A rebel from Attack the System
Whether you’re a parent looking to homeschool, or a frustrated highschooler (or adult!) looking for something better; here are some of my recommendations on how to supplement or replace your current, compulsory, formal education.
- Read. I recommend checking out this: Some Recommended Books of Native American Oral Literature
- Apprentice. Find a master. A carver, weaver, boat builder, welder, carpenter…. anyone. Try out their craft. Show genuine interest. Watch, learn, try, fail, and try again. If it doesn’t seem like their line of work is for you then thank them profusely, and move on.
- Speak. Speak your native language. For Tlingits, start here: Lingít sh tux̱altóow – I am learning Lingít
- Exercise. Recess and PE is getting cut across the nation. My daughter’s public school has only 15 minutes of guaranteed recess per day and half an hour of PE per week. Go out hiking. Go pick berries. Go fishing. Get outside. If you are a teenager or older, then start a strength training program. Remember the story The Strong Man. A good rule of thumb: lift heavy stuff three times a week; move around a lot every day (get off that couch); and sprint once a week.
- Write. Write something every week. Anything. Fiction, poetry, journal entries; whatever. Seek out someone who can help you improve your writing.
- Create. If this isn’t already covered in your apprenticeship, then create something. Paintings, sculptures, furniture, buildings, weavings, drums, canoes, boats…. create something. Take on a small project first. Finish that project. Then take on a bigger one. Seek out someone to teach and guide you.
Ultimately your education is in your own hands. There is no such thing as natural talent. Talent is persistence and discipline put into action over time through practice and repeated successes and failures. If you do the things above persistently then you will become an educated person.
Day 54. Bobby died on day 66. His last journal entry was 17 days after he began the first fatal hunger strike of that year on March 1, 1981.
In case you haven't been paying attention, the Summer of 2013 is already burning a permanent mark on the memories of your decedents. The hunger strike that began throughout the California prison system…
Hunger strikes and resistance to imperialism.
By Frank Hopper
One of the first things said in the documentary Musicwood is that for acoustical guitars the vibration of music comes from the wood. This hit me like a missile as I sat with about twenty other people viewing the first Seattle screening of the film at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center on August 12th. The vibration is in the wood.
From the opening moments the film featured stunning shots of the Tongass Rainforest in Southeast Alaska where Sitka Spruce trees hundreds of feet tall grow like moss on hillsides that come right down to the water. Some of these trees have been growing for two or three hundred years, absorbing vibrations from the environment. Their wood can make a guitar sing in rich, elegant tones when used to make the front soundboard of the instrument. All well-made guitars use Sitka Spruce for this vital component.
Musicwood starts with this simple relationship between wood and music and then slowly leads us into a labyrinthine story of corporate greed, environmentalist politics, and Native American rights. After showing us the beauty of the Tongass, director Maxine Trump reveals the destructive logging practices of Sealaska, an Alaska Native Corporation based in Juneau, which has clear-cut over one-hundred-thousand acres of this unique ecosystem, the largest and one of the last remaining temperate rainforests on the planet.
The images of barren land covered only with tree stumps and abandoned debris form a harsh contrast to the earlier shots of the forest. The clear-cut areas reminded me of pictures of battlefields strewn with corpses left to rot in the sun. Not only were the trees gone, but the wildlife too, the birds, bears, deer, and countless other living things that depend on the trees, all turned into environmental refugees. As a Tlingit Indian myself, born in Juneau and living in Seattle, my eyes filled with tears at the sight, as if I had returned home and discovered my family slaughtered.