Juanenos And Panhe - Art School Scholarships For Native Students - New England Natives Write History!
By Robert Bracamontes
Almost every person on earth has been to a burial site in his or her lifetime. Very few, if any, would rush to think about damaging or destroying those sacred lands. But throughout American history, and even today, desecration of Indigenous People’s sacred lands is a common occurrence in the landscape of the colonial mindset of the government and their corporate accomplice.
For Panhe, the Acjachemen/Juaneno Village that existed ten thousand years ago and is still used today for gatherings and prayers, this history of desecration is quickly becoming a problem in the present day as it is about to be destroyed by a projected toll road. This issue of defending burial sites, like Panhe, far out shadows the political fighting taking place over federal recognition. This movement takes us to a timeless place of universal thought about how we are ultimately and unwaveringly the same.
I took pictures at Panhe that show us gathering as a single group, proving a united front is possible when it comes to protecting our sacred land and religious freedom. Our willingness to stand up for our rights and freedoms in order to protect our history and culture far exceeds any petty arguments over federal recognition. Should we win this battle, it would have huge ramifications on other Indigenous Peoples struggling to protect their sacred land.
How would America feel if we decide to build a toll road over the Lincoln monument, John or Robert Kennedy’s grave, or the Arlington Cemetery? You can be sure the President, the Supreme Court, Congress and the moral righteousness of the law would protect the sanctity of these historical places. But justice belongs to all people and we have every right to have our sacred ancestors buried at Panhe left to rest peacefully without being dishonored.
Today feels like a new kind of Manifest Destiny has started all over again. There is no respect for our land, our culture or us. The US government is still intent on breaking every dignified law on earth to humiliate us all over again.
Americans have been the curators of the false history about Columbus “discovering” a continent. It was the beginning of the end for our ancestors who were already here. But imagine if we, the first people of this continent, started a reverse Manifest Destiny.
First, in keeping with the present day stereotype of California Indigenous People, would be to build more casinos, only in Washington D.C. Then we would dig up Abe Lincoln, knock down that big cement thing of him, and give his bones to somebody who could prove they were his ancestors. If somebody did step forward, we’d say we don’t really recognize him or her as a group worthy or deserving of our acknowledgement.
Last, Kennedy’s graves and their assassinations This will help give us proof that America was such a barbaric culture, built on false pretenses that they had a democracy for the people with free speech, etc. So free, they killed their own leaders.
This sounds really all too ugly for me. Why can’t people feel the pain of the Indigenous People every time a sacred burial land is disturbed? I am ashamed to write about those images of Abe, John, Bobby, but that is exactly what is happening at Panhe. The great and united people, the Acjachemen, Juaneno Tribe are waiting for all of you to show us respect and dignity. Those resting at Panhe are calling out to us, in the hope that we will never forget them and that we will stand up against those that wish to harm them.
To Rebecca Robles firstname.lastname@example.org and Angela Mooney
D’Arcy email@example.com thank you for making people think about what they are doing to the living Indigenous People, who have watched this injustice take place over and over again. Your work to protect Panhe is greatly appreciated. You are examples of what it means to be true leaders, because you embrace us all.
Prestigious Art School For Native Students
Submitted by Christine Yazzie
Subject: Full Scholarship to prestigious art school for native students, (grades 9-12), Idyllwild Arts Academy near Los Angeles, a prestigious art school and also a boarding school, has two full-ride scholarships to fill in the next week. Each has a value of $45,000 per year. If not filled, the monies will go back to the donor.
Perhaps you know of a student who meets the criteria:
1. Native American, registered with their tribe.
2. GPA of 3.0 or higher
3. Keen interest and talent in the arts (written, visual or performance)
4. Willing to attend a boarding school
Interested students can contact Idyllwild's Admissions Office or read more
Christine Yazzie ~ Los Angeles, CA USA
Southern New England Natives Write Their Own History
Submitted by Peter N. Jones
For the first time in the 400 year colonial history of the American Indians of southern New England have written their own story. Covering all modes of their traditional life, A Cultural History of the Native Peoples of Southern New England is a landmark publication.
Very few books on the history and culture of the southern New England indigenous peoples have been written by the Native themselves. Standard academic books read like a clinical autopsy of a dead culture from many years ago. Contrary to this, A Cultural History of the Native Peoples of Southern New England provides an understanding of the ways, customs, and language of the southern New England American Indians from the Native's perspective.
Written and compiled by two Wampanoag Indians, the book incorporates voices of modern Elders and other Natives spanning the historic records of the 1500s and 1600s. As author Moondancer stressed, "everything about the beauty, power, and richness of our culture has been included."
Sections of the book cover appearance, language, family and relations, religion, the body and senses, marriage, sickness, war, games, hunting, and much more. This book is one step in many by the Native peoples of southern New England as they reclaim their culture and identity.
As Moondancer noted, "The proud and fiercely independent Native American peoples of southern New England once walked tall and proud on this land. With this book, we are now beginning to walk tall again."
For more information about the book and Bauu Press, please visit: http://www.bauuinstitute.com/
Peter N. Jones, Ph.D.
PO Box 4445
Boulder, CO 80306
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