Archive | March, 2018

Indigenous Leadership

Return of the River tells the inspirational story of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe’s unshakeable advocacy on behalf of their ancestral home, the Elwha River. It took 100 years and the help of environmentalists, conservationists, the Olympia National Park, and ultimately, common citizens whose minds were changed, to bring down two dams and restore the river—and its legendary salmon runs—to freedom. As one reviewer wrote, “At a time when most […]

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Indigenous leadership

Perhaps many of us are familiar with quotes from Indigenous leaders of the past. There are many worthy ones, some of which The MOON has shared in previous issues (The Earth speaks, for example). What I like about this collection of quotes is that most of them are from contemporary Indigenous leaders–powerfully demonstrating that Indigenous leadership is a current phenomenon. Let’s listen. “Just being born Native, you’re born an activist. […]

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Charles Halsted | Hopi dancers and Navajo medicine

Hopi dancers Since time out of mind, the Hopi tribe maintained their customs, dances, beliefs, later resisted conversions by Catholic priests. Back in summer of ’61, we, the only two whites, stood quiet in the Oraibi plaza with reverent native villagers, to witness the ritual dances of men and boys of the Hopi Nation. For the warm-up dance to disparage the Spanish past, two Hopi men dressed in black robes as priests of conversion. Another played Christ with […]

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Chiefs Rueben George and Phil Lane Jr. | The Fourth Way

An Indigenous strategy for building sustainable and harmonious prosperity in the Americas and beyond The Fourth Way is a movement of the Human Family to address the unfolding crisis of the 21st century, a crisis of multiple dimensions that has slowly revealed itself over the years since publishing the first draft of The Fourth Way in 2010. The dimensions and scope of this crisis are unprecedented: it is global and […]

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