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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana


May 2010


Click the image above for a seven minute video produced by the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in 2008. It's titled "Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Change."

The Onondaga Nation's web
page, (http://www.onondaga
) is currently featuring a video titled "Brightening the Chain: Voices of the Onondaga Nation." It is about 12 minutes long and well worth watching.


Reflections from Germany

Ulla Ungerbühler, who attended the American Indian Institute’s Ancient Voices Forum at Canyon de Chelly, February 19-21, 2010, wrote an article about her experiences which appeared in the German publication, Windpferdpost. Ulla provided us with an English translation of that article. Click here to download an Adobe Acrobat version.


A Book You Might Be Interested In

Indigenous American women: decolonization, empowerment, activism By Devon Abbott Mihesuah (Choctaw). Published in 2003, this is a somewhat scholarly exploration of many aspects of Indigenous women's traditional, tribal and activist roles in various settings.

Early in the book the author reflects on her experiences with "AIM men" and how her views of Russell Means, Dennis Banks, and Clyde and Vernon Bellecourt changed from considering them heroes to recognizing them for who they are. She writes "...because of these men's popular images as activists, many Natives believe that the weight the AIM men lend to Indian issues through their notoriety in the media is more important than the way they treat women and follow traditions of their cultures."

For a preview of the book Click Here. You will find a biographic sketch of Devon Abbott Mihesuah on the back cover of the book; the last page of the preview.


Sacred Lands Web Site

Click here for the Sacred Lands web site. Interesting to see all of the sacred sites shown in North American; perplexing to think how many more there must be; frightening to see how many of the listed sites are endangered.


Chief Looking Horse's Letter to Leaders

Chief Arvol Looking Horse (Lakota) has written a letter to All World Religious and Spiritual Leaders in response to the oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico. Click here for an Acrobat version of that letter. For more biographical information about Chief Looking Horse visit http://arvollookinghorse.homestead.


A Tällberg Foundation event is scheduled for June 2-5 in Leksand, Sweden titled "Rework the World." If you can't get there take a look at the web page http://www.reworktheworld.
where the summit will be available via on demand video.


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