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Saturday, February 10th, 2007
9:39 pm
MOD POST: Changes
Dearest members,

After much talking amongst myself and the other mod here at indigenous_intl, we have decided to implement a few changes here and to reiterate a few things.

1) This community is an indigenous safe space. In other words, if you are interested in indigenous cultures and traditions, or want to be an "ally" to indigenous folk, that is all well and good, but from now on this community is for indigenous people only. We hope to not have to ban anyone, so if you do not identify as indigenous, please leave this comm. You'd be better served at nativeamerican or indi_issues (if you have a comm not native to the americas specific for this, please let me know). To be clear, Romani are indigenous. We are not close-minded here, nor do we intend to be America-specific.

2) For all new members, PLEASE do the intro survey. It feels odd to be in a community where some haven't introduced themselves! Really, it doesn't take much time at all, so I'd like to suggest that members who have yet to do this do theirs and for any new members please do this within 2 weeks of your joining.

3) The above being said, we are requesting that all entries from now on be friends-locked. This is a place for indigenous peoples to relate with one another and hold discussions, and friends-locking the entries will prevent any "flaming" from non-members. For any potential members, please read the userinfo before joining! If you have any questions, bellvampress & ardienteelsol are here to help.

4) Post away! :D And thank you for your time and being great members!
Thursday, February 8th, 2007
2:17 pm
Indigenous World Water Day is March 22nd
For those interested, I have placed info on this event behind a cut. The website for more information is www.ienearth.org

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Wednesday, January 10th, 2007
7:54 pm
The Meh-shii-kah tribe

Sociedad Mexica Nihilista - para Restaurar el Santidad de Vida

Para restaurar el santidad de Vida... Nihilism, or a Castanedan removal of preconception, leads to cosmic idealism...naturalism, eugenesia, nationalism, and meritocracy. The core philosophy of Modern society -- materialist individualism/humanism -- is corrupt by the nature of human individual selfishness, thus the SMN is against all utilitarian, liberal, capitalist societies and overpopulation / environmental destruction.

Monday, January 8th, 2007
12:49 am
New member intro
Name:  Lisa

Country you live in: England (married an englishman and am divorcing that englishman)

Country you identify with:
I identify with my people and the places where we are; Its hard to identify overall with a country that actively egages in systematic apartheid against its indigenous population. and where we tend to be invisible in the mainstream.

What Indigenous Group do you identify with:
Nanticoke and Lenni Lenape Native Americans of Delaware and New Jersey. My family are mainly Nanticoke from Delaware.

Languages spoken: English, French

Did you grow up with the culture?
Not entirely, I grew up in the Philly, but spent summers in our tribal areas (DE, VA, MD, NJ).

What is the biggest misconception about your culture/country: 
That we Native Americans/First Nations people are all drunks, junkies and lazy . That we are rolling in money either from Casinos or the government. And the government really looks after us...  I could go on but I need to stop lol

Please tell us more about yourself!:
Graphic Designer/Digital Artist/Writer now living in London. The Day job is in investment banking, but I also write and co-edit a Pan-African Magazine based in the UK.
Saturday, January 17th, 1970
10:55 pm
new member intro
Name: metachromatik
Country you live in: US
Country you identify with: um, yeah.
What Indigenous Group do you identify with: i'm romani and couri said that we're welcome here. i'm also of cree ancestry but that doesn't exactly count as it's like 1/32 and i wasn't raised in the culture at all
Languages spoken: english, very small amounts of romani and high school spanish
Did you grow up with the culture? yes
What is the biggest misconception about your culture/country: culture: that it doesn't exist; country: that we have one and it's romania
Please tell us more about yourself!: you would like me if you got to know me, which was a lot easier before i'd developed a fear of internet strangers, as lj drama can do to you
Thursday, December 14th, 2006
8:48 am
Should the "owners" of a language be permitted to forbid its use to criticize them?
That's the title of an article I saw to a blog here:


I meant to post that in my own journal but I had sent it to 2 people who are on my friends' list and already one of them said something stupid and I kinda went off on him politely telling him that he's a damn language geek.

In that blog it basically misinterprets the whole issue. They write, Here's a question: if the use of a language has to be licensed by the tribal elders, can they withhold this permission from someone who wants to criticize them, or to say something else that they don't approve of? That isn't the case really. It's not about licensing a language and I didn't have to read the original article that blog was referring to in order to know that.

Previously that author Mark Liberman posted this:


He writes: In particular, it's not clear from the article what the basis for the suit is, or what relief is being sought. The theory may be that a language is a piece of property belonging to (some representative body of) the people who speak it. But on the contrary, it says exactly what the lawsuit is about.


In that article it says that Microsoft said it wanted to help Mapuches embrace the digital age and open a window so that the rest of the world can access the culture riches of this indigenous people. What does "access cultural riches" mean to you? Sounds like a door to be open to gain access into one's culture if you ask me. Therefore, the Mapuche tribal leaders have accused the company of violating their cultural and collective heritage. And how did they do that? That's where the translation comes in without consulting the people whom it mattered to. This was never about owning a language like Liberman said.

The article continues and justifies Microsoft's actions based on previous translation into "a dozen" indigenous American languages without any opposition. And what do these other indigenous groups have to do with the Mapuches? Nothing really, they're not the same! The article then tries to pain a picture of the Mapuches as being the most ferocious, blah, blah, blah, you get the picture.

I'm so sick and tired of people using the whole "ownership" crap as a tool, especially when they have no clue about what the culture means to a group of people whose culture is at risk when it comes to survival.

Current Mood: aggravated
Tuesday, December 12th, 2006
2:59 pm
Wayúu Encuentro in Colombia-------Encuentro Wayúu en Colombi

I'm going to try to make this as brief as possible. Some of you may have recently met Kalaila Barros, a traditional leader of the Wayúu people in Guajira, Colombia who just completed a North American speaking tour. Her group, the Organización Wayuu Munsurat, is organizing the 3rd annual 'Yanama (encuentro) for Women and Territory' in Bahia Portete, Guajira, Colombia. The encuentro will be from about April 14th-21st, 2007 during
the anniversary of the Bahia Portete Massacre.

The encuentro will be accompanying the Wayúu people of Bahia Portete to reoccupy their community that they were displaced from by paramilitaries so that they can pay respects to their dead. This week will also include a fact-finding mission throughout Guajira to document the coal industries effects on local Wayúu & Afro-Colombian communities as well as its effect on the environment.

If people are interested, i have more information about the background of the Wayúu, the region's coal industry, paramilitaries and the encuentro. If you are possibly interested in participating in this event please respond and i will forward you more information. Indigenous folks, people of color, women & youth who are active participants in their home communities are strongly encouraged to participate.

en lucha,
jhon luna- aquamono@riseup.net
organización wayúu munsurat

Other US contacts:

Carol Mosley: Bridges Across Borders
(352) 485-2594 office@bridgesacrossborders.org

Carolina Delgado: South Florida Jobs with Justice
(305) 324-1107 Carolina@sfjwj.org



Voy ser lo mas breve posible. Algunos de ustedes conocieron a Kalaila Barros, una líder tradicional del pueblo Wayúu en la Guajira, Colombia, que recién termino una gira de Norte América. Su grupo, el Organización Wayúu Munsurat, esta organizando el 3º ‘Yanama (encuentro) por Mujeres y Territorio’ en Bahía Portete, Guajira, Colombia. El encuentro va ser del 14-21º de Abril 2007 durante el aniversario de la masacre de Bahía

El encuentro será un acompañamiento con los Wayúu de Bahía Portete para reocupar su comunidad para pagar respectos a sus muertos. También en esta semana va ver varios recorridos por la Guajira para documentar los efectos de la industria carbonera en los pueblos Wayúu, Afro-Colombian@s y el medio ambiente.

Si hay personas que están interesados, yo tengo más información sobre los Wayúu, la industria carbonera de la región, los paramilitares y el encuentro. Si estas interesado en participar en este evento por favor responde para que te puedo enviar mas información sobre el. Indígenas, personas de color/raza, mujeres, & jóvenes que son activos en sus comunidades están fuertemente motivados para participar.

en lucha,
jhon luna- aquamono@riseup.net
organización wayúu munsurat

Otros contactos en EEUU:

Carol Mosley: Bridges Across Borders
(352) 485-2594 office@bridgesacrossborders.org

Carolina Delgado: South Florida Jobs with Justice
(305) 324-1107 Carolina@sfjwj.org
Sunday, December 10th, 2006
12:11 pm
Tuesday, November 21st, 2006
10:19 am
Friday, November 17th, 2006
8:02 pm
Austronesian origins
Lately I've been involved in a discussion with a young Chamorro from Guam named Brandon who claims he is also of Filipino and "Spaniard" (not Spanish, but later said Hispanic) ancestry. Basically the discussion is where the ancestors of Hawaiians and other Polynesians came from as well as the ancestors of the Chamorros and other Micronesians came from.

The old Express Train from Taiwan to Polynesia (ETTP) theory has been argued for a long time and has become controversial as they find new evidence that disputes that. That theory being that the people moved from the Taiwan area south towards the Philippines and further south to other parts of Southeast Asia and then into Melanesia and from there dispersed into Polynesia and Micronesia. Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia comprising areas of many islands in the Pacific Ocean. These group of original people which linguists have coined are known to be AUSTRONESIAN language people.

These people went as far west towards Madagascar, far east as Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and far north as the Hawaiian islands. My own map here shows a bit more on Polynesia.

This theory was based mostly on linguistic evidence and some archeological evidence and is pretty old as far as how long ago they've known this. But recent findings and better technology has helped shed light on this whole theory and has actually shed light on the true origins of both Melanesian and Polynesians.

Tuesday, November 14th, 2006
12:21 am
New Community
There is a new community for ndnz living in, from, or having connections to the land in what is now known as the Southeastern United States. All indigenous peoples are welcome. The hope is to reconnect with those who live elsewhere due to relocation and removal and network with Natives whom live close by, as well as share the unique Southeastern Nation cultures and ways including arts, food, traditions, songs, stories and much more.

Check out the Community link for more info and visit the entire community at se_ndnz.
Saturday, November 11th, 2006
11:12 pm
The Global South is Revolution
From elevenoclock:

Video of Oaxaca uprising (thanks to Indymedia and www.brownfemipower.com)

(The blog that posted it has this up alongside: the thing I want to point out here–the shit that these people are doing–yeah, it looks so fucking cool, fighting the power, screaming at the man–what a great fucking picture right? watch the whole video. these people are taking considerable fucking risks to make that perfect picture that people ooh and aah at. can you imagine? can you imagine your life being that bad, that oppressive, that as an old grandma, you would run up with your flowers screaming at armed henchmen? can you imagine as a young twenty something, your life being so oppressive, that you risk getting taken away in a henchmen’s van? can you imagine, as a woman, the life you must live to risk even showing up to a protest where henchmen have been known to disappear women and rape and sexually brutalize them?)



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9:27 am
Name: angie
Country you live in: us
Country you identify with: us
What Indigenous Group do you identify with: identify as modoc-klamath urban indian
Languages spoken: english
Did you grow up with the culture? i grew up with a lot of culture, i don't really see how mary tyler moore reruns and front yard garage sales and intertribal powwows are all separate
What is the biggest misconception about your culture/country: that urban indian space is not authentic, that indian people are racist, that boundaries separate cultures and countries
Please tell us more about yourself!: i'm a graduate student fighting to center indigeneity within ethnic studies, a single mama of one son, a feminist, reader and writer wannabe professor not too far but far enough from home
Sunday, November 5th, 2006
10:27 am
Tuesday, October 31st, 2006
2:52 pm
New member

Name: "Pixeque" Rey Moreira
Country you identify with: Aztlan ("Southern U.S.")
Indigenous Group: Mexica/Chichimeca/Maya
Languages spoken: Ingles
A lost bird... Raised in the predominantly Nordic Northwest (Washington state).
Details: former writer for Aztlan Rising. Until recently the net was for many months unavailable to me. I hope to start my writings again and spread them.

Friday, October 27th, 2006
3:55 am
Name: Cass (cassandra)
Country you live in: Australia
Country you identify with: Indigenous Australia
What Indigenous Group do you identify with: Koori, Awabakal tribe (Newcastle area)
Languages spoken: English
Did you grow up with the culture? Not when i was little... my dad was in the Army and as a result my family moved around the country quite a bit - as a child this took me away from my indigenous roots.
Once i was in high school i actively sort to find out more about my culture and history, i started a support group within my school for indigenous students and became very close to my nans sisters who are elders within the Awabakal tribe , i organized a petition which was sent to our prime minister regarding "sorry day"
and i was presented with a certificate from the department of education for my work in promoting indigenous Australia
What is the biggest misconception about your culture/country: That we are all drunk dole bludgers seeking to rip off the government
Please tell us more about yourself!: I live in Sydney Australia, i have just arrived back from the US where i was traveling for around 4 months..
The koori travels through my mothers blood line (though i am darker then her which is a little strange) :}
i have 1 brother.
I live with 2 girls, 1 who i have been friends with since i was 11.
I love hanging out with my friends and i am a keen photographer.. :)
Great move starting this community - im really keen to hear about the indigenous cultures overseas
Thursday, October 19th, 2006
11:57 pm
Just an intro...
Name: Tamara

Country you live in: USA

Country you identify with: USA, Onondaga Nation, Haiti (Ayiti)

What Indigenous Group do you identify with: Onondaga (by blood), Haitian (by adoption)

Languages spoken: English, Haitian Kreyol (badly), various languages for my academic studies (German and a number of indigenous languages of the people of Egypt -- I'm an Egyptologist by trade)

Did you grow up with the culture? I did, but didn't realize what it was until I was an adult and figured out why my family was so "different" from other white families really was because it wasn't all white. (and I was adopted into a Haitian family in 2001, so I didn't grow up with that)

What is the biggest misconception about your culture/country: (Onondaga) That there aren't any more of us (Haitian) That Vodou is evil and the country is in a bad condition because its people are lazy heathens

Please tell us more about yourself!: I'm really shy, so these are hard questions to answer. I'm here to learn and to support. Although I learned about this community from the ndnz community that's actually the culture I know the least about at the moment, or at least formally anyway. I am constantly finding many things that the three indigenous groups I am associated with have in common, though I keep my beliefs and practices separate and try to respect them all including the European ones I have from my non-indigenous American ancestors.

Thanks for the invite.
Tuesday, October 17th, 2006
8:07 pm
Name: Nehi

Country you live in: Tohono O'odham Country

Country you identify with: Cree-land aka Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, parts of Alberta, parts of Quebec...my country is NOT canada. rather, canada has plopped itself on top of my homelands/country and my nation is my people and my family.

What Indigenous Group do you identify with: Nehiyaw

Languages spoken: English & little bit Cree

Did you grow up with the culture? Yes. I was raised in the Bush. I have family that range from very traditional (cousins who speak only Cree and live off the land) to less traditional peeps and everyone in between.

What is the biggest misconception about your culture/country: That just because we wear western clothes, speak English, drive cars that we are not Cree.

Please tell us more about yourself!: im a tribal nationalist. my best friend is a worm. my immediate plans are to go to law school...i live in tucson but im moving back home soon. im the youngest. i think im related to deenojalapeno; she's my baby sis, furreals....i dunno. i guess you will know me through what i post.
7:52 am
Name: Jessie/'Ciwaugilaux

Country you live in: Canada

Country you identify with: The same

What Indigenous Group do you identify with: 'Isdait tribe of the Heiltsuk Nation (Bella Bella) and several more distant coastal connections

Languages spoken: English & learning Heiltsuk slowly

Did you grow up with the culture? Absolutely; I grew up in a very traditional family

What is the biggest misconception about your culture/country: That our culture can be bought for an hour by tourists passing through on their yachts

Please tell us more about yourself!: I'm about 20, in my third year at UVic. 4 months of the year I work with my family within an organization we created to revitalize Heiltsuk youth and their connection to our culture! This summer we blessed the first bighouse to stand in our territory in over a hundred years, built for our children. :)
2:33 pm
ey folks. good stuff that this community was created. hopefully some interesting dialogue will come from it.

Name: jhon

Country you live in: u$a

Country you identify with: none. but my family is from the north andean region now known as colombia.

What Indigenous Group do you identify with: Tama. mixed blood

Languages spoken: inglish, español, portuguese, very lil napo kichwa

Did you grow up with the culture? i grew up in tekesta(miami) i was surronded by dozens of distinct cultures, mostly central american & afro-caribbean. though in the home and when i did/do live in 'colombia' i grew up with the aspects of our culture that we have been able to retain. mostly food preperation and vegetable/fruit growing and some traditional stories too. the Tama language is extinct :(

What is the biggest misconception about your culture/country: culture: we are ignant backwards campesinos with no culture. country: cocaine, drug wars, violence and the 40+ civil war

Please tell us more about yourself!: ummm, i'm not good at these open ended questions. i think being humble, patient, & disciplined is important. i'm working on it. i often day dream about the potential native folk have the world across but especially in the americas and what we are truely capable of in making a better place for ourselves, other beings and those yet to come. i also support red-black-brown-yellow unity.
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