The struggle at Big Mountain is now so minute compared to other indigenous culture-based and land-based resistance like Chiapas and South America’s indigenous movements. However, my home, Big Mountain, now holds a self-destructive element, which does not have to do with American patriotism, but it has to do with narrow mindedness toward false luxuries. This self-destructive element creates a struggle within a larger struggle that is already weakening. It is like a body struggling against a disease but then there is a certain organ inside the body that is infected and it struggles to maintain a function. The U.S. Public Law 93-531partitioned these Dineh and Hopi lands, here, and it only has one sole purpose, which is to extract coal for America’s addiction to electricity. And this is the implanted virus. Dineh who falsely feel they have escaped the forced relocation policies are ignorantly chosen to forget about their own elders’ struggle a few miles away. These Dineh, despite claiming themselves as religiously committed by chanting “To All My Relations,” they now reject vigorously the calls and reasoning from those in resistance. I, as a longtime spokesman and ethnographer for the traditional resistance, have only become the enemy among my own peoples. My voice of sovereignty and survival are like venom to them just because they fear the laws of the U.S. war machines. War brings complex decisions between primary and instant objectives and how to execute them, but still we are all on the same donkey, neither a camel nor boat.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Global Wars & A Broken Sacred Hoop at Big Mtn.
Global Wars and the Broken Sacred Hoop at Big Mountain
By Bahe “Kat” Katenay, May 1, 2013
Today, we all live in a world that is in turmoil and in constant war. But unfortunately, this world or “our world” is not new to this kind of atmosphere of instability. World history and religious accounts like the Bible have shown examples of such chaotic and brutal human existence. All the news about today’s wars are quite new to us citizens on Turtle Island (so-called America) because ‘normally’ wars were fought elsewhere. The many aspects of “U.S. sponsored interventions” in the last half-a-century with economic and military aggressions have only brought wars to the streets of Turtle Island. Network media has influenced majority of society to ignore any other probable facts about these secret international affairs.
Secondly, there is that state of the world that has institutionalized destruction of the environment and indigenous cultures, and this is taking place at an alarming rate and all because of the growing demands for industrial consumption. That is a war on planet earth’s eco-systems and on the few remaining land-based human cultures and religion. It is a war because riot police and counter intelligent agencies are implementing a state of seize on something that was known as “guaranteed constitutional and civil rights.” Citizens try to mobilize to bring attention to the injustices and the industrial threats, but their “freedom” to do so are overridden by corporate justices of tear gases, silencing of the message, marginalization, and even brutality of imprisonment and mental tortures.
Finally, the third stage of wars is within us. We have each become so individualistic that we reject the old human practices of collectivity and following the foundations of faith. We may think that this is not as dangerous or as destructive as militarily-executed wars, but they are. I am absolutely not talking about so-called terrorist or those mental disorder induced rage, but I am talking about our inner self, our soul perhaps, are altered by pop culture, mass media, materialistic comforts, and institutionalized racism. It is probably not appropriate to use the so-called Native Americans as an example, since they are less than one percent of the U.S. population, but these indigenous communities’ integrity and natural pride has all been conquered within a span of a half century. These former red nations of Turtle Island have adapted to the American identity and on a daily basis, they celebrate this (foreign) military culture and consume America’s artificial illusions. Individualistic based wars within these small grouped communities promote progressive tribal members to invoke subtle forms of prejudice on those who try to advocate for the purity of traditional culture and ritual practices.
Obviously, much discussion and debate can be elaborated on but this Blog has been dedicated to the point of view from, perhaps one lone aboriginal habitant of Turtle Island, or from a larger representation of indigenous existence. And back to northeastern Arizona at a place called Big Mountain, where there are at least 100 - 300 of us who still proclaim our intimate and ancient bond to the natural forces of earth, sky and air. We still remain after thousands of our fellow Dineh have been relocated or killed off by the US’s psychological warfare policies. We still walk upon earth’s enduring natural beauty and tending to the little culture and rituals that has been spared by America’s war and industrial machines. There are also about 40 non-Natives supporters that come here on a yearly-seasonal base to help the old Dineh who cling on to what the U.S. government considers as illegal like having livestock, dry farming and residing on lands of their birth. And 40 years before, Big Mountain had prospered with a total population of nearly 5,000. Now the ancient cultural and ritual ways, the language, the family teachings of honor, and a few down-to-earth, Dineh Christians are rapidly disappearing.
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