Saturday, August 2, 2014

To Live with Honor

 

Grant Redhawk The whole deal is a question of honor. If you enter into a verbal agreement on something - a sale of objects or exchange of services, the agreement holds until one or the other breaks it. This bullshit of first come first served is what has made human beings into shameless self serving morons who need to be shot at the earliest opportunity. Your word has to be your honor or you are the lowest of the low. You NEVER break a deal - you wait for the other one to do so. THEN YOUR WALKING A HIGHER ROAD!
 
XXXXXXXXXX Too many people have not honored their word is the reason first come first serve.
 
Grant Redhawk Well now that is White man / Black man behavior isn't it? Look how many of our treaties your people kept......
 
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Now Grant that's just wrong. We are all American and blaming your people now for sins of ancestors is not right. Back 5 generations my grandmother is Indian rest of me is mixed German, French, Dutch, English etc none of it matters I am American and am not guilty of the sins of my ancestors.
 
Grant Redhawk While I understand your need to distance yourself from what you know to be abhorrent behavior of your ancestors - in fact your are as responsible as them for correcting this behavior. We are all responsible for the next Seven generations into our future and the previous Seven generations into our past. It absolutely is your responsibility to first acknowledge and apologize for what your ancestors may have done but then to make the apology believable you must take positive physical action in correcting those behaviors. That's living with HONOR. - For far to long we Native people have tolerated bad behavior from whites/blacks, now is the time for an initiation of correction. Thus the Idle No More movement has been born! http://www.idlenomore.ca/ - You may need to think about this for awhile because it calls for a change in your basic response system and your adolescent need for no change. It takes a very unusual person to move past the past and improve upon the future. Not many can do so! - Redhawk
Idle No More
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Idle No More calls on all people to join in a peaceful revolution, to honor Indigenous sovereignty, and to protect the land and water.
 
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Which side do I apologize for? Do I apologize for what my Indian side did to perhaps another tribe? What my German side did to Jewish people? Or the English side did? Grant they were wrong in their thinking and ways. Just like many things today are wrong. But I hold to my belief that above all we are Americans and that I am not guilty for the sins of my ancestors. I am tired of others making America into the bad guy and clumping all races into stereotypes. Just because one person is dishonorable of a race doesn't make the entire race bad. My point isn't to argue but just that clumping an entire race together is wrong. Now excuse me while my Indian side goes n beats an apology out of the white blood.
 
Grant Redhawk What ever it takes to correct the wrongs of the past - I'm for! I deal with the same malady you do in that I am not full blood. But there is a Spiritual side (which many people mistakenly ignore) which directs my traffic. In that sense I am as full blood as Crazy Horse and I follow a Traditional path that demands I live with Honor. That demands that I take an active role in correcting the past and educating the future human beings of this country. When you think about your own spiritual path you will be strongly drawn to one source be that Native or European. Maybe then you can be more clear as to what you need to do. I am not trying to do anything with you other than give you a new insight into which to make good judgment calls. Creator asks that we make one person smile each day and that we change one judgment a day to something that more clearly defines our own truth.

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Grant I believe regardless of skin color we should all honor our world as in the case of original post what the guy in Vermont did was wrong he should have taken name n numbers of people next in line. My only difference in opinion is the term you people grouping all together. Though I think people should embrace their heritage I also feel we are all American. Had I said you people to someone being as fair skinned as my European ancestry I would be called a racist. If we are to face the evils that lie ahead we must stop being African American, Native American, Latin American and be American as a United Country of people of different races. All need to be honorable, stick to their word, and love this great country.
 
Grant Redhawk I do agree to a point - however Wounded Knee, Sand Creek, Marias Massacres and the Dakota 38 which was ordered by Lincoln get in my way. Intentional distribution of small pox infected blankets to murder off an entire race get in the way. The murder of 100 million of my bothers and sisters get in the way. The theft of our lands and the breaking of treaties get in the way. You tell me how to heal that and I will gladly come over. What is actually being said although I know you don't realize it is you abdicate your responsibility for what your ancestors have intentionally done to my people. Not to insult but I have found no way to avoid it when I hear this type of response. By the way just so you know your people are still doing these things today - the only difference is it's being done covertly. So yes this gives me reason to not be related to you people!
 
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX And this why a once great nation will collapse because her people can not come together as one because "you people" keep blaming good decent people on race alone. May God help us all.
 
Grant Redhawk You know what - You just echoed all the Native People! THAT'S Why!
 
Grant Redhawk You all seem to forget one very important TRUTH! We were here long before you were even a gleam in your daddies eye. You came here and forcefully took our land and our lives. Now you want US to forgive you? It' ain't happening now, in the future nor will it ever happen. You want Peace? Go back to what ever Evil European Country thought you up!
 
Grant Redhawk
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

How should global warming be taught?


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The ridiculousness of the hypocrisy demonstrated by supposed intellectual leaders is astounding. How many cool summers (of which the summer of 2014 has become) and record setting cold/snowy winters such as 2013-2014 where the Great Lakes froze completely (first time in recorded history) does it take to help one turn their heads in the opposite direction? These people are like crotchety old people who will absolutely never change their minds no matter how the Truth points.

This is an EGO filled malady that inconsequential people attempt to use to grab attention to themselves, like two people spreading untrue gossip about someone and in the course of that potentially ruining another persons life with a pathetic attempt at gaining attention.

We each have a responsibility to seek out the unbiased Truth and then not accept someone Else's untruth simply to be part of a group. We call those people groupies who are so desperate for attention they will create lies to support themselves.

How disgustingly Egotistical does one have to be to think that small ego filled humans beings can affect the order of Mother Earth. Long after we have destroyed ourselves - the Earth will still turn and self correct.

This is a mental disorder.

How Should Global Warming be Taught

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Project 562

 

Project 562: Changing The Way We See Native America (Phase2)

by Matika Wilbur

    Project 562 will collect photographic stories from citizens of every Tribe in the U.S., resulting in books, exhibitions and curricula.

About Project 562

Last December, I sold everything in my Seattle apartment, packed a few essentials into my war pony, and hit the open road. Since then, I’ve been embarking on an epic adventure: Project 562.

For the past year I have been fulfilling the project’s goal of photographing citizens of each federally recognized tribe in the United States (there are now 566). Most of the time, I’ve been invited to geographically remote reservations to take portraits and hear stories from a myriad of tribes, while at other times I've photographed members of the 70 percent of Native Americans living in urban settings. My hope, is that when the project is complete, it will serve to educate the nation and shift the collective consciousness toward recognizing our own indigenous communities.

Imagine walking through an exhibit and realizing the complex variety of contemporary Native America. Imagine experiencing a website or book, that offered insight into every Tribal Nation in the United States. What if you could download previously untold histories and stories from Apaches, Swinomish, Hualapai, Northern Cheyenne, Tlingit, Pomo, Lumbee, and other first peoples? What if you had heard those stories in grade school? 

Project 562 is making all this happen.

With Your Support

This is Project 562's second Kickstarter campaign for critical funding for our second year on the road. Your help covering the ongoing expenses for transportation, film, administration, lodging, and meals will keep Project 562 strong and on target.

Rewards

We are delighted to offer wonderful "reward" items for this year's Kickstarter. We've partnered with noted Native American fashion designer and artist Bethany Yellowtail for limited edition couture pieces along with original sweatshirts, spirit tees, sweater dresses, and Project 562 posters.We hope you’ll be as pleased as we are with these unique, attractive acknowledgements of your support.

Project 562 Poster

Official 11x14 Project 562 Poster, featuring Darkfeather, Eckos and Bibiana Ancetta from the Tulalip Tribe.

Official Team Spirit Tee of Project 562

The Spirit Tee's offer original Project 562 photographs and are available in size s-xl. Contributors are be able to choose one of three options:

1. Black & White with Starr  2. Slate & White with Cedar 3. Turqoise & White with Canoe Journey Dancer. 1. Black & White with Starr 2. Slate & White with Cedar 3. Turqoise & White with Canoe Journey Dancer.

Mens Hoodie and Project 562 T-Shirt

562 Ladies Hoodie

In true Matika fashion, we’re offering you a sweatshirt that you can rock with boots (it’s not just a hoodie, it’s a dress). Offered in turquoise and grey. One size only.

B. Yellowtail for Project 562

Bethany Yellowtail, fashion designer, stylist, and motivational speaker from the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Tribe has partnered with us to assist in fundraising efforts for Project 562.  In this very exciting collaboration, Yellowtail has transformed Project 562 photography into one-of-a-kind textile prints. She has created three, limited edition couture pieces that will serve as gifts to the generous contributors of Project562:

Yellowtail Shift Dress

This original photographic silky textile by Matika Wilbur has been transformed by B.Yellowtail into a luxurious, dainty shift dress. Available in peach or cream, size xs-xxl.

All Our Relations Crew Neck

Designed by B.Yellowtail, this “vegan” leather crew neck represents the Tribal Nations that Matika will visit; a walking dedication to all of our relations. Available in xs-xxl.

"Paddle To Quinalt" Dress

B.Yellowtail Kaftan featuring Matika Wilbur Photography from the 2013 Canoe Journey. This elegant, hand beaded dress, showcases Quinalt women dancing on the shores of the Olympic Coast in Washington State, welcoming Canoe’s from several Tribal Nations. Available in xs-xxl.

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Why Project 562

Project 562 creatively addresses and remedies historical inaccuracies, stereotypical representations, and the absence of Native American images and voices in mass media and the national consciousness.  I believe that there is an open space that is yet to be filled- that space is authentic images and stories from within Native America. My work aims to humanize, the otherwise “vanishing race”, and share the stories that our people would like told. In this respectful way, I have been welcomed into hundreds of tribal communities, and I have found that people welcome Project 562, because they are ready to see things change. Conversations about tribal sovereignty, self-determination, wellness, recovery from historical trauma, and revitalization of culture will accompany the photos in captions, video, and audio recordings. 

The time of sharing, building cultural bridges, abolishing racism and honoring the legacy that this country is built on is among us. Project 562 is that platform.

Matika Discusses Project 562 at TED

Watch Our Road Stories

Project 562 in The Media

  • NBC: Native American Travels Across U.S. Photographing Citizens of Tribal Nations
  • Seattle's Stranger: Shooting and Capturing: Matika Wilbur's Fierce Fight Against A Hundred Years of Native American Photography
  • Fusion: You've Never Seen Native America Like This
  • Indian Country Today: Photographer Matika Wilbur's Three Year, 562 Tribe Adventure

Become A Project 562 Ambassador

The Project 562 Team is currently looking for Ambassadors that can assist with important tasks, including 2014 fundraising efforts; social media outreach; general outreach to tribal communities; educational lecture series outreach; and media outreach. We are also seeking new Interns for 2014.If you are interested in volunteering, or in applying to our intern program, please email: jessica@project562.com.

Matika will be visiting a community near you. In advance she is humbly seeking your guidance, input, and involvement in this very important and timely project. Matika would like to photograph elders, culture bearers, community leaders, artists, storytellers, and youth. If you would like to recommend someone to be photographed in your community, please email: m@matikawilbur.com.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The last year has shown risks and challenges that I couldn't have anticipated: First, the RV that I secured turned out to be a leaky disaster, so I had to take my two-seater Honda instead (funny thing, RV dealers won't lend to artists without a "real job"). Then, after two months on the road, my bestie/companion/assistant decided that "road life" wasn't for her (I completely get it, sleeping on people's couches isn't glamorous, and I love her for coming at all). Nonetheless, I had to find the courage to forge the road alone.

And even though I consider myself a Road Warrior, the road has worn on my spirit, and the constancy of travel has required an endurance that I didn't know that I was capable of. I have found a new strength; I didn't realize that all of the work I’ve done in the past (photo school, commercial photographer, international journalist, at-risk tribal youth teacher and visual literacy professor) would lead to Project 562, but without the accumulation of those experiences, I wouldn’t have the strength, knowledge, and courage to plunge onward into a multi-year national photography project.

I have to tell you, I didn't anticipate that I would need to do a second fundraising campaign. I believed that if I applied for enough grants, one of them would say yes. Over the last year, I applied for 26 artists grants, even though I did receive 4 of them (thank-you), I was told by the others that, "I am a risky investment". Grantors see Project 562 as an improbable feat, and institutions don't want to give their money to risky artists.

That being said, I want you to know that I am progressing mightily despite institutional disbelief. I have been inspired by the “kindness of strangers” I have encountered. I have been motivated by the hope and light I see in the eyes of students and other youth I speak with. I have been rejuvenated by the kindness of the stranger's that I have encountered. I have been restored by the hope that I see in the eyes of students that I speak with.

I had this incredible experience at the bottom of The Grand Canyon. The elders appointed a teenage boy to help me carry my equipment to photo shoots (since there aren't cars down there, and I'm clumsy on a horse). He was kind of quiet at first, standoffish even. But after the first interview and photoshoot, he was excited for the next one. He started suggesting ideas. I could see him listening as we spoke to his elders. That evening, he revealed that he had walked a despairing path, having struggled with depression and his own sense of Tribal identity. As I was leaving, he shyly pulled me aside, and told me that this project gave him a new sense of hope. He said that he believed in me. He said that I was the first lady that he'd ever met that had went on to "do something". He thanked me for giving him hope. He said that his experience with Project 562 had meant more to him than he could articulate.

I repeatedly have experiences like the one in the Grand Canyon. Those experiences give me the strength to keep going; I genuinely believe that Project 562 will help to shift our collective consciousnesses toward respectfully recognizing the beauty of contemporary Native America.

I know challenges lie ahead (and many, many miles), but I feel blessed with spirit and armed with the skills and tools to tackle them, whatever they may be. Your faith and help are all important. T'igwicid.

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