Tree Sisters Webinar: Indigenous Voices on the Pandemic

Tree Sisters Webinar: Indigenous Voices on the Pandemic

 

Please see our website for direct links to each of the speakers websites and fundraisers. https://treesisters.org/grow-yourself… We heard Jo Overton from Protect Native Elders speak directly about the horrendous conditions inside Native American Reservations – details that I for one had no idea were so bad – and the multi-generational and cultural threat posed by the death of their Elders. Native peoples are 10 times more likely to contract Covid, and 4 times more likely to die. Why? It’s all within the first 30 minutes of the call. Atossa Soltani of Amazon Watch and Patricia Gualinga of the Kichua people of Ecuadorian Amazonia spoke about the radical rise of lawlessness in the Amazon sparked by lock down. The increase in illegal roads, mining, murders alongside the complete lack of any government support or access to health care for tribes within the forest. We heard how Covid could wipe out the peoples of the Amazon. Jyoti from the Centre for Sacred Studies spoke from profound depth about the wisdom traditions being threatened, the prophecies that speak of this time and our role in the unfolding. Her guest Alexis Bunten from Bioneers spoke to the depth and the statistics of struggle for basic survival occurring across the First nations peoples of North America, Haru Kuntanawa, wife Hayra and Ruda called in directly from Brazilian Amazonia and shared about the multi layered issues facing their tribe and the need they have to create sustainable food sources now that their river and fish are poisoned. (Please note the first two minutes of the call were missed on the recording.)

Wisdom Keepers – We Are Listening

Wisdom Keepers – We Are Listening

Wisdom Keepers – We Are Listening |

Reigniting the Ancient Ways. The Wisdom Keepers provide a platform for Elders and spiritual leaders from indigenous communities and Wisdom traditions around the world to share their wisdom at an experiential level and to collectively bring about a more conscious, peaceful, and sustainable world.

https://vimeo.com/424688216/e503a19a31

Wisdom Keepers Website https://www.wisdomkeepers.earth/
Treetops Productions Website https://www.treetopsproductions.com/wisdom-keepers

Music: Två Konungabarn by Myrkyr /Tyrfing by Danheim / Still Photograph Andre Pattenden
Filmed and Edited by Jeremy Whelehan
Sound by Miguel De Lara
a Treetops Production
treetopsproductions.com

The Spirit is Action – A Call for Justice

The Spirit is Action – A Call for Justice

The Spirit is Action

A Call for Justice

The Indigenous Peoples of the world are the ones who care for life and the Earth, our Mother, since time immemorial. It is time to recognize our work and that others recognize it fully. We are the main guardians of Diversity and Biocultural Heritage in the world. The greatest biocultural diversity is found in our territories, and this is thanks to our material and spiritual practices, which are based on the ancient wisdom of caring for life and relating with the sacred.
Our territories and the collective life of our peoples, both material and spiritual, are seriously threatened by the increasing deterioration of ecosystems and territories resulting from neoliberal economic development. It is urgent to halt ecocide and ethnocide not only to protect nature but to protect its guardians. If we want to protect the biological diversity of the world, it is necessary that national and international entities give absolute guarantees of protection to indigenous peoples, and especially to their spiritual and material leaders.
The historical and recent events of assassinations of indigenous leaders throughout the world have being taking place since the invasion of our territories. The Doctrine of Discovery has been in effect for at least 520 years and the colonial process of domination has been, and still is, devastating. Among other acts against life that we witness and suffer daily, we see with horror that those exercising ancestral spirituality in their own right are being victims of practices from the times of the Inquisition.
On June 6, Domingo Choc, Maya-Q’echi, a Spiritual Leader and Traditional Maya Healer, was burned alive in the Chimay Village, San Luis, Petén, Guatemala. A number of Pentecostal evangelicals set him on fire accusing him of being ‘a witch’. They killed him for practicing Mayan spirituality and, as inquisitors, they did it in proclamation of their Christian faith.
This aberrant and horrendous event is not an isolated case, for it happens often in many countries of the world. In Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and in other countries and continents such as Africa, indigenous spiritual and material leaders are assassinated or arrested for who they are and what they do—which is only in benefit of a good life for the community.
Taking into consideration the circumstances that led to this act, we demand Justice in the following terms:
1. Criminal and spiritual punishment to the material authors of the murder of Domingo Choc, basing the criminal punishment on articles 36 and 66 of the Political Constitution of Guatemala which refer to freedom of religion and that recognize the ethnic origin of the nation.
2. Granting of protection to the spiritual and material guardians and traditional authorities of Indigenous Peoples of Guatemala, Central and South America and the World.
3. Establishment of an inter-religious and spiritual dialogue to raise awareness and application of spiritual justice based on religious norms.
4. Investigation of cases related to bioprospection and access to traditional knowledge of medicinal plants in the territories of Indigenous Peoples.
It is time to promote the unification process with dignity, recognizing diversity. We all have rights, and we all have the responsibility, individually and collectively, to promote intercultural and inter-spiritual dialogue.
With respect and self-determination, on day 10 Reed, Zanbatha, Valley of the Moon, México. Mindahi Crescencio Bastida Muñoz
Otomi-Toltec
Member of the Alliance of Guardians of Mother Earth
With the support of: Center for Earth Ethics and
The Fountain
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