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Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts

American Indian Institute, Bozeman, Montana


No. 033, December 2013


Onondaga Nation Faithkeeper Oren Lyons, pictured in July at a Two-Row Wampum event in Rensselaer, participated in the Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts Forum in Abuqui, N.M., in November. (Mike Greenlar | mgreenlar@syracuse.com)

Native cultures under threat from climate change may hold the key to addressing it (Commentary)

By Andy Mager
"'You must learn to melt the ice in the heart of man,' Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq, an Eskimo elder from Greenland, instructed us at the Ancient Voices - Contemporary Contexts Forum in Abuqui, New Mexico last month. 'Uncle,' as he was affectionately called at the gathering, reported that as a result of climate change there are 78 new species of fish in the waters off his homeland..." Read the entire article.


US charity buys up Hopi masks to return to tribe

By THOMAS ADAMSON / Associated Press / December 11, 2013

"PARIS (AP) - A U.S. charitable foundation said Wednesday that it was the anonymous bidder that paid $530,000 for 24 Native American masks in a contested Paris auction two days ago, and will return them to the Hopi and the San Carlos Apache tribes.

"'These are not trophies to have on one's mantel,' said Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, director of the Los Angeles-based Annenberg Foundation, which revealed itself to be the secret caller that triggered a bidding war in Monday's highly publicized auction..." Read the entire article.


Medicine Crow a true warrior for freedom

By Todd Wilkinson / The New West

"We live by choice in a binary tribal world that forces people to declare their allegiances or face being socially ostracized and devalued...

"In the library of Little Bighorn Community College this autumn were two men - both born on Western soil - holding a combined 192 years of living between them.

Todd Wilkinson, author of Last Stand: Ted Turners Quest to Save a Troubled Planet

"A few days earlier Joe Medicine Crow had turned a century old. A couple of days later, Robert Staffanson reached 92. Staffanson had driven with me across the windswept prairie into "Indian Country" to pay homage to his close friend and centenarian elder..." Read the entire article.


Statement of Solidarity and Support for Elsipogtog Land Protectors

By Indigenous Nationhood Movement
Dec 7, 2013
"We, a coalition of Indigenous community members and relatives from nations across Turtle Island, have come together to express our support and solidarity with all of the land

protectors, warriors, elders, leaders and supporters on the ground in Elsipogtog who have waged courageous, continuous struggles to protect their lands, waters, and communities from irreparable destruction and to ensure a viable future for the coming generations..." Read the entire article.


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