Archive for September, 2007
Daughter, lead me
through the maze of future’s past
dark ways winding into light
Daughter, lead me
what memories burn behind your old woman’s eyes
a life full of surviving sacredly
Daughter, lead me
what wisdom did your father give you
that kept you on the living road
Daughter, lead me
tell me what you received
so that I may give it
The wind pulls the rain down ever harder
every day it comes, swelling and splitting
the foundations of this world
the sky falling on our fallen idols
great stone heads, cheeks against the earth
drowing in themud
for some it looks like a summer’s day
but I hear the thunder
I smell the lightning
and with my family
we leave theruined world
and the vacationers
amidst the sinking gods
Natural Way: Indigenous Voices is Honored to Present
The Iroquois Great Law of Peace:
A Millennium of Continuous Democracy
What are the indigenous roots of our democracy? Are there other traditions
that point the way to a satisfying and sustainable future of peace and consensus?
Lecture: Friday, October 12, 2007, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Jake Swamp, ‘Tekaronianeken’, will appear at the Natural Way-Indigenous Voices on Friday evening, October 12, to discuss the traditions of peace and democracy originating amongst his people, the Haudenosaunee or Iroquois Confederacy. As the role models for the Founding Fathers in the writing of the US Constitution, the Haudenosaunee have much experience to share with younger, struggling democracies.
Jake Swamp has been a Mohawk Sub-Chief and representative on the Grand Council of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and is an internationally renowned speaker on indigenous, environmental and social issues. He was directly involved in the creation of the Akwesasne Freedom School – a Mohawk language immersion school of critical acclaim that has been an inspiration to many First Nation peoples in the United States and Canada.
He is the author of the children’s book Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message, which has been translated into five languages and was featured on the PBS television show Reading Rainbow. Other projects include The Peacemaker’s Journey audiocassette produced by Parabola Magazine (1996), The U.S. Constitution & The Great Law of Peace: A Comparison (2004) and the film Dreamkeeper by Hallmark Entertainment (2003), for which he was a consultant.
Location: Native American Student and Community Center at Portland State University, SW Broadway and Jackson, Portland, Oregon
Cost: $10-$20 donation requested for speaker’s honorarium
Workshop: Saturday, October 13, 2007, 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Jake Swamp will preside over a ‘Tree of Peace’ Planting Ceremony. Over a thousand years ago, the Peacemaker and Aiionwatha (Hiawatha) brought the Great Law of Peace (Kaianerekowa) to the warring Indian nations of what is now New York State. The message of Peace, Power, and the Good Mind resulted in the forming of the Haudenosaunee Iroquois Confederacy. These nations were instructed to bury their weapons of war under the Great Tree of Peace. The Tree Planting Ceremony that Chief Swamp shares is an effort to bring awareness to environmental and social concerns. A potluck feast will follow the ceremony.
Location: Fawnwood at Deer Island (near St. Helens).
Directions: Take Highway 30 West towards St. Helens,
Apx. 45 minutes or less from downtown Portland you will come to the
town of Deer Island. Deer Island is about five miles past St. Helens.
As you pass the Deer Island Store on your left, reset mileage gage.
Continue on hwy 30 west 1.6 miles
Take left up Butterfield Road towards rust colored house.
(DO NOT TAKE SHARP LEFT UP STEEP DRIVEWAY THAT SAYS NO TRESPASSING)
Continue up gravel road past rust colored house, GO SLOW PLEASE
In 100 yards or so you will come to a modular home on left.
At modular home, turn left and pass through their driveway to gate.
(If you miss this turn you will come to a gate and have to turn
around. You will note the Yurt in the distance on your left. That is
where we are.)
GO EXTRA SLOW PLEASE
Go through gate and continue up driveway.
Travel time is approximately one 45 minutes or less from Portland.
What to Bring: Dress for outdoors and weather, folding chair, non-alcoholic beverages/water, picnic plate and eating utensils, and a potluck dish with serving utensil for the feast.
Cost: $5-$20 donation requested for speaker’s honorarium. Registration is on-site.
Co-sponsors: Earth & Spirit Council at www.earthandspirit.org, The College of Mythic Cartography at www.mythic-cartography.org and Deerdance at www.deerdance.org. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Doing the ‘Outdoor Open Space‘
I wanted to write a short note on holding space outdoors, as I’ve heard that opinions vary, and me and my gang went ahead and tried it. The Open Space, Rewild Camp Portland 2007, went really well, with a couple of glitches.
See our wiki:
We held our marketplace at a picnic table in a local urban park, under a large tree, along with updating a wiki with new meeting times, etc.
I wouldn’t do the wiki thing again, because it discouraged folks from returning to the marketplace; they simply looked up updates online, which (no wifi at the park) we didn’t always get up in a timely fashion, resulting in some crossed wires.
It worked really well in other ways – we had lots of passers-by looking at the marketplace, asking questions, wanting to join in (though few actually chose to, they all expressed interest). The houseless (aka homeless) folks at the park supported us so incredibly much, it added a truly magical element to the week. Not once did they hit us up for change etc., they just encouraged us, complimented us, congradulated us, and on and on. So much upbeat out-of-the-blue support carried us through a lot of slow times waiting for people to ‘come-back’ to the marketplace!
Come SHIFT with us: http://www.mythic-cartography.org/shift-animal-movement-art/
Come SHIFT with us: http://www.mythic-cartography.org/shift-animal-movement-art/.