Friday, June 29, 2007

National Day of Action

"Long train of abuses"
A video produced for the Roseau River First Nation, in anticipation of the "National Day of Protest".
Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

The Chief of Roseau River First Nation threatened to block rail lines on a National Day of Action, June 29. He later backed off the threat, but has not definitely cancelled the possibility.

"The Northern Superior First Nations issues a call to action for First Nation citizens, Canadian citizens and corporations, to stand with one another to insist that the Government of Canada take action to the crisis in First Nation communities. First Nations peoples will no longer accept the status quo. First Nation citizens have been subject to repeated attempts by the Government of Canada to forcibly assimilate us and erase our identities. Regardless of these colonial tactics, we have survived as First Nation peoples... we are still standing, we still stand strong."

Pics click to enlarge.

An early pic of the "Juggler" painting image:
Juggler;acrylic painting on canvas. Bingorage Studio. Broken Vulture Art.

Current incarnation of the "Juggler":

Juggler;acrylic painting on canvas. Bingorage Studio. Broken Vulture Art.

Juggler;acrylic painting on canvas. Bingorage Studio. Broken Vulture Art.

Juggler;acrylic painting on canvas. Bingorage Studio. Broken Vulture Art.

Juggler;acrylic painting on canvas. Bingorage Studio. Broken Vulture Art.

Couple random, historic pics:

Bingorage Studio. Broken Vulture Art.

Bingorage Studio. Broken Vulture Art.

Random resources, news and stuff:

Indigenous people under attack, resource theft and kidnapping in Mexico. None of this is in the news; Not even Canadian news, which is usually more comprehensive than American.
"At approximately 10.30 a.m. about 70 men and women from San Isidro walked into the forest with the intention of peacefully addressing the people from San Miguel Aloapam. However, when they reached the forest the loggers were already falling trees. Still, they approached San Miguel’s authorities to try and speak to them, but realized that the municipal president and his cabinet were extremely drunk. The San Miguel authorities began insulting and attacking the San Isidro people and ordered their people to arrest all those who were from San Isidro. Given the situation our compaƱeros began backing down. It was at that point that the people from San Miguel began firing shots in every direction; they had to dodge bullets that were being fired by their own people. As a result the men and women from San Isidro ran into the forest as fast as they could to try and stay away from the bullets and from being caught by San Miguel Aloapam paramilitaries.

At approximately noon, and little by little, those who were hiding in the forest made their way back to San Isidro Aloapam. Initially it was thought that 13 compaƱeros had been disappeared, but slowly they started making their way back to the community. At around 7.00 p.m. the police headquarters received an anonymous phone call saying that those that had been kidnapped were in San Miguel’s jail. The person said that they were being tortured and half dead from the beatings."

Bingorage online law department:

Legal guide for bloggers

Legal Guide for Canadian Podcasters

Legal guide for podcasters


Good News! An 81 year old Inuit hunter found alive, 4 weeks after going missing, 2 weeks after the military search was called off.
"... Kunuk was found about 130 kilometres north of Igloolik near a popular fishing river. It was right where local elders said he'd be, even though the area had been searched twice before.

"The elders kept telling us, `Check again, check again,' " Tapardjuk said. "And sure enough, there he was."

Indian Country Today article: Kevin Paul, Master Carver.
"Paul was born in Mount Vernon, the son of a Colville father and a Swinomish mother; his father and uncle were carvers.
Paul started singing when he was 13 and began training as a carver in his late teens. He started carving professionally in 1986 and began teaching carving at La Conner High School in 1993.
He faced the biggest test of his skills in 1997.
"I had had a long-term goal to do a carving of a totem pole all by myself," Paul said. "The opportunity came in 1997 when a collector from Camano Island, Don Bernard, asked if I could do a 36-foot pole in three months." The pole would depict Eagle, Bear, Wolf and Whale.
Paul met the challenge, guided by discipline and deadlines.
"You have to be disciplined," he said of working on a project. "It's like writing or reading a book; you don't go part way and do something else. You finish it."

CBC page, Life and Times of Norval Morrisseau.

Another Native blog; Cheryl Davis' Art Blog: Native American Art/Heritage/News Related ArtBlog.

Index of Native American Media Resources on the Internet.


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