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Raewyn Connell: Gender and masculinities in Southern perspective

Raewyn Connell: Gender and masculinities in Southern perspective.

X Poetics: Yedda Morrison’s Darkness and Conceptual Poetry

X Poetics: Yedda Morrison’s Darkness and Conceptual Poetry.

The Haudenosaunee 1977 Presentation to UN Commission on Discrimination Against Native Peoples

1914 Iroquois Native American Group in Winter" panorama via summertownstock.com

The Haudenosaunee—as one of a few surviving sovereign nations of native American—presented this paper to a United Nations Commission on Discrimination Against Native Peoples. It’s just as true—and more timely—today as at its first presentation in 1977.

This message has added import today as Russian, Balkan, Polish, Palestinian, Chinese, and other peoples struggle for genuine democracy. And it has deep irony because the Haudenosaunee provided inspiration and advice for European settlers to rebel against colonial rule to form the United States of America—first modern European democracy. For Liberty is rooted by Onondaga Lake where The Peacemaker founded the Confederacy to “bury the hatchet” beneath The Tree of Peace.

Today, 200 years later, the United States of America refuses to recognize Haudenosaunee sovereignty or their passports, and tries to impose its brand of democracy-as-popular-election on Haudenosaunee tradition of selecting elders guided by clanmothers. And the USA refuses to allow the issue of the Haudenosaunee—or any indigenous nation—to be brought for discussion—much less a vote—before the United Nations. Thus the red people of planet Earth remain excluded from a voice and vote in the affairs of the human family.

presented to the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

The “Haudenosaunee”—or Six Nations Confederacy (Iroquois)—has existed on this land since the beginning of human memory. Our culture is among the most ancient continuously existing cultures in the world.

We still remember the earliest doings of human beings. We remember the original instructions of the Creators of Life on this place we call “Etenoha”—Mother Earth. We are the spiritual guardians of this place. We are the “Ongwhehonwhe”—the Real People.

In the beginning we were told human beings who walk about on Earth have been provided with all things necessary for life. We were instructed to carry a love for one another, and to show a great respect for all the beings of this Earth. We are shown that our life exists with the tree life, that our well-being depends on the well-being of the Vegetable Life, that we are close relatives of the four-legged beings.
In our ways, spiritual consciousness is the highest form of politics.

Ours is a Way of Life. We believe all living things are spiritual beings. Spirit can be expressed as energy forms manifested in matter. A blade of grass is an energy form manifested in matter—grass matter. The spirit of grass is that unseen force which produces the species of grass, and it is manifest to us in the form of real grass.

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OCCUPY WALL STREET: The Game of Colonialism and further nationalism to be decolonized from the “Left” | Racialicious – the intersection of race and pop culture

 

 

 

 

 

OCCUPY WALL STREET: The Game of Colonialism and further nationalism to be decolonized from the “Left” | Racialicious – the intersection of race and pop culture.