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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana


No. 032, November 2013


Thanks to All Who Helped Make the Ancient Voices Forum at Ghost Ranch a Great Success

The Ancient Voices - Contemporary Context Forum at Ghost Ranch, NM took place over the three days of November 9, 10 and 11 with a fourth day spent at Tesuque and Jemez Pueblo Feast Days. Approximately 55 Forum participants were there from US, Switzerland, Sweden and Russia. José Lucero of the White Corn and Winter Clan Family at Santa Clara Pueblo; Vickie Downey, Tewa/Tesuque Pueblo; and Danny Blackgoat, Diné (Navajo) co-hosted the Forum. They were joined by indigenous leaders Oren Lyons, Joagquisho, Faithkeeper, Turtle Clan of the Onondaga Nation; Leonard Little Finger, Miniconjou Lakota; Angaangaq Lyberth, Eskimo-Kalaallit; Mindahi Crescencio Bastida Muñoz, Otomi; and Geraldine Patrick. The Theme of the Forum was "Caring for Earth for Our Common Future."

Each day began with a sunrise ceremony at which participants, speakers and discussion leaders gathered around a sacred fire for traditional ceremonies of thanksgiving and prayer.

The primary message emanating from the plenary sessions and breakout discussions was the imperative, "value change for survival." Cultures of the world must realize fundamental changes in values if humankind is to survive.


Daily Climate Article Widely
Re-Published and Referenced

Forum participant and Daily Cllimate editor Douglas Fischer's article about the Forum, "Worlds apart: Indigenous leaders abandon faith in UN to find climate solution." has been picked up or referenced by numerous e-publications ranging from White Wolf Pack to Scientific American to The Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale and Earth First! Newswire.

Here are some of the other publication sites that picked the story up or referenced it with a link:
Aotearoa in Support of Idle No More
Carbon Based
Common Dreams
Global Good News
Humanitarian News
Intercontinental Cry
Native American Fish & Wildlife Society
The Ocean Project
Organic Consumers Association

Original Drawing of the Fort Niagara Belt (Hallen, 1852)

Park reclaimers cite 'illegal' surrenders

By Johnny Hawk
"TINY TOWNSHIP - A reclamation of Awenda Provincial Park is in its 19th month and nearby Springwater Provincial Park has also been occupied by members of Beausoleil First Nation.

"'We began as a result of the illegal surrenders of our inherent rights and traditional territories along with the policies and laws enforced upon our people where the Chippewa Tri Council and Canada are in breach of the 1764 Niagara Covenant Chain Belt,' says camp spokesperson Kai Kai Kons." Read the Article


A Book of Interest

Click to read reviews of this book.

Powerful Indigenous Women Stand for Environmental Justice

Click to watch YouTube video.

"Forward on Climate Rally" in Washington DC. Speeches given by First Nation leaders Crystal Lameman, Beaver Lake Cree and Casey Camp, Ponca Nation of Oklahoma.


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