Today in history: December 29, 1890 - The U.S. 7th Cavalry carries out the Wounded Knee Massacre near Wounded Knee Creek on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. As many as 300 Lakota Sioux men, women, and children were killed, many shot in the back while trying to flee. Their bodies were left to freeze in a mass grave. Twenty-five troopers also died, and 39 were wounded (6 later died). In 2008 a petition was started demanding that the U.S. reclaim the twenty Medals of Honor that were given to the 7th Calvary for their role in the Massacre at Wounded Knee, to remove any recognition the US military bestows to its entities for the massacre, and to obtain the return of personal items taken from Lakota people at the 1890 Massacre. In 1973, the American Indian Movement (AIM) occupied Wounded Knee, noting its historic significance — a 71-day standoff ensued with federal law enforcement officials.
(image: We Remember Wounded Knee 1890-1973 poster by Bruce Carter)
Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)
Mayan Priests denied access to Guatemala ceremonial sites
Guatemala, the heart of Mayan culture, has started their festivities for the 13 Baktun - the last cycle of the Mayan calendar, due to end on Friday, December 21, 2012. But sadly the celebrations were dominated by staged government shows which were neither led nor shared by indigenous communities or spiritual leaders.
On stage, non-indigenous peoples were wearing indigenous clothes in a folklore show while non-indigenous attendees from the Guatemalan elites were in the most important ceremonial Mayan center, Tikal, waiting for the new era to arrive. Indigenous peoples were left outside, were they were demonstrating, playing the traditional instrument marimba.
Are you FUCKING kidding me?
…I’m…I can’t even express how angry this makes me.
"Chief Joyi railed against the white man, who he believed had deliberately sundered the Xhosa tribe, dividing brother from brother. The white man had told the Thembus that their true chief was the great white queen across the ocean and that they were her subjects. But the white queen brought nothing but misery and perfidy to the black people, and if she was a chief she was an evil chief. Chief Joyi’s war stories and his indictment of the British made me feel angry and cheated, as though I had already been robbed of my own birthright.
Chief Joyi said that the African people lived in relative peace until the coming of the abelungu, the white people, who arrived from across the sea with fire-breathing weapons. Once, he said, the Thembu, the Mpondo, the Xhosa, and the Zulu were all children of one father, and lived as brothers. The white man shattered the abantu, the fellowship, of the various tribes. The white man was hungry and greedy for land, and the black man shared the land with him as they shared the air and water; land was not for man to possess. But the white man took the land as you might seize another man’s horse.
I did not yet know that the real history of our country was not to be found in standard British textbooks, which claimed South Africa began with the landing of Jan Van Riebeeck at the Cape of Good Hope in 1652. It was from Chief Joyi that I began to discover that the history of the Bantu-speaking peoples began far to the north, in a country of lakes and green plains and valleys, and that slowly over the millennia we made our way down to the very tip of this great continent."
Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
… sounds super familiar.(via adailyriot)
“Don’t let anybody tell you not to be angry. We have every right to be angry. We have every reason to be angry. And we ARE angry. And the reason that we’re angry — the reason we are angry — is because this is OUR country, and they took our government and imprisoned our queen — right here she was imprisoned in her palace. And they banned our language. And then they forcibly made us a state of the racist, colonialist United States of colonial America. Do you have a right to be angry? Of course you do. Of course you do!”
Speech by the Native Hawaiian Leader Haunani-Kay Trask for the 1993 Centennial Commemoration of the American overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom at ‘Iolani Palace, Honolulu
[image description: Paul Raffaele said a Suruwaha girl refused to shake his hand because she wanted to kill him. In fact, he was wearing so much sun cream the Suruwaha thought he had a skin disease.]
© Survival International
Australia’s Channel 7 network has been found guilty by the press regulator of serious violations of the broadcasting code, after screening a report so extreme it was branded ‘Freakshow TV’ by Survival International.
The report labelled Brazil’s Suruwaha tribe as child murderers; ‘Stone Age’ relics; and ‘one of the worst human rights violators in the world’.
Survival complained to Australia’s regulator ACMA after Channel 7 refused Survival’s request to issue a correction to its report, broadcast on its Sunday Night programme.
In a landmark judgment, ACMA has now ruled that the Channel was guilty of breaking its racism clause – ‘provoking intense dislike, serious contempt or severe ridicule against a person or group’ – believed to be the first time it has found a broadcaster guilty of this serious offence under the 2010 TV Code. It has also ruled that the Channel was guilty of broadcasting inaccurate material.
Survival’s Director Stephen Corry said today, ‘This was one of the worst reports about contemporary tribal people we’d ever seen. The Indians were made out to be cruel and inhuman monsters, in the spirit of 19th century colonialist scorn for ‘primitive savages’.
‘What makes it even worse is that the Suruwaha have been under attack by fundamentalist missionaries for years, who are waging a campaign slandering them as child-murderers. The missionaries are behind a draft law to allow them to remove Indian children from their communities, something with horrifying echoes of the Stolen Generations scandal.
‘The Channel 7 crew told the Suruwaha they wanted to allow them to put their side of the story – but actually produced one of the most grotesquely distorted pictures of a tribal people we can remember. The programme even openly fundraised for the missionaries on its website. We hope this ruling will mean we’re less likely to see such dangerous rubbish on TV in the future.’
Channel 7 is seeking a judicial review of the ruling in Australia’s Federal Court.
Note to Editors:
- Survival has written a set of ethical guidelines to help filmmakers work responsibly with tribal peoples. It is also using its Stamp it Out campaign to challenge racist depictions, however unwitting, in the media.
- Previously, Survival has highlighted how British TV company Cicada Films was accused of irresponsibly endangering the lives of Peruvian Indians by allegedly provoking a flu epidemic amongst them; and how a TV series about an Amazonian tribe was labelled ‘staged, false, fabricated and distorted’ by experts.
- Download a Survival briefing sheet on the proposed ‘Muwaji’s law’, the result of a campaign in Brazil by the fundamentalist missionary organization JOCUM (pdf, 70 KB). JOCUM are the Brazilian branch of the US organization Youth with a Mission.
- Download a briefing sheet on what experts and Indians say about JOCUM’s infanticide allegations (pdf, 49 KB).
Signal boost: PhD scholarship for indigenous Australian student to study at Oxford or Cambridge University
Are you an Indigenous student preparing for post-graduate studies at Oxford or Cambridge in 2013?
Each year the Charlie Perkins Scholarship Trust offers two scholarships for Indigenous post-graduates to study for up to three years at either Oxford or Cambridge universities in the United Kingdom.
Applications for the 2013 scholarship round are now open.
To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must have applied for a course at Oxford and/or Cambridge. Applicants must also submit:
- a cover letter
- a curriculum vitae
- an official transcript of university results
- confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
- details for two academic referees (email and telephone numbers)
Applications close Friday, 2 November 2012.
Find out more
- To find out how to apply for a Charlie Perkins Scholarship visit the Charlie Perkins Scholarship Trust website
- To find out more about other scholarships available for Indigenous undergraduate and post graduate students visitwww.indigenousscholarships.com.au
"I learned that the wild rice that is sold in expensive packaging in supermarkets across the United States is nothing but the rebranding of settler colonialism. In fact, hummus is to Palestine as wild rice is to Native America. As Israel continues to claim the Palestinian kitchen as its own, so does the United States with Native America: consuming corn, wild rice, quinoa, cranberry, cornbread and turkey with the confidence of a national cuisine. In the United States, settler colonialism has been so complete, and so successful, that the world has forgotten that South Africa, Australia and Israel are all reproductions, all approximations of the ongoing victory back home."
Shoutout to brothaboy Damien Hooper who has been shot down for wearing a shirt with the Aboriginal flag on it before his fight. If he wore the Australian flag he wouldnt have faced any of this controversy but because he wore the Aboriginal flag he has breached Rule 50 of the Olympic Code which bans demonstrations, or political, religious or racial propoganda on any Olympic sites.
WHAT A CROCK OF SHIT!! This was an act of Pride - not propoganda! My hope is that one day we will be respectfully acknowledged as the First Nations people of this country and therefore properly represented in all that this country is involved in
You said it sista
White people just afraid because white pride and white supremacy propoganda are exactly the same thing, they expect any other act of pride from anyone else to be an act of asserting supremacy & humanity at the expense of the humanity of all others.
Kandangyan music video Babanam Kevalam shot on location in jungles of Philippines. A popular Filipino group playing their own composed music. Most instruments were handmade.
Sorry it’s been a while since the last post, but there’s been so much happening I’ve been trying to work out where to start.
So I’ve decided to start with Melbourne based Hip Hop group, The Yung Warriors, who’ve been busy touring the East Coast of Australia with their latest album, Standing Strong.
Standing Strong is a much more commerical sounding release then their debut, Warrior For Life in 2007.
It’s probably partly due to MoMo from Diafrix taking on Producer duties but also because the group has grown up.
Tjimba and his brother D-Boy have not only written some upbeat empowering songs, but they’ve also tackled the tough issues like Deaths in Custody and the exploitation they saw of their grandfather, the late (and legendary Aboriginal visual artist), Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri.
The album loses it’s way towards then end when it goes a bit gangsta but overall, it’s a very well produced and written album.
Enjoy the film clip for the title track of the same name.
It features a great bunch of young Indigeous people which is the core of what the Yung Warriors do and this clip showcases that perfectly!!
Happy NAIDOC Week!
The land is…
A history of the world’s tribal lands in under 60 seconds.
As far as concerns Oceania , derogatory and belittling views of indigenous cultures are traceable to the early years of interactions with Europeans. The wholesale condemnation by Christian
missionaries of Oceanic cultures as savage, lascivious and barbaric has had a lasting effect on people’s views of their histories and traditions. In a number of Pacific societies people still divide their history into two parts: the era of darkness associated with savagery and barbarism; and the era of light and civilisation, ushered in by Christianity.
In Papua New Guinea European males were addressed and referred to as ‘masters’, and workers as ‘boys’. Even indigenous policemen were called ‘police boys’. This use of language helped to reinforce the colonially established social stratification along ethnic divisions."
Epeli Hau’ofa: Our Sea of Islands (via selchieproductions)
white ppl and the consumption of brown/indigenous women’s labour
I can’t even count how many of these benevolent projects are being carried out “to elevate artisans in the poorest regions” by giving them a job sewing clothes for white people. And while I totally support the much-needed money injections as such, there’s something about the power structure of these things that is off and bothering me.
As an indigenous artist I think part of it has to be how indigenous people are only given the grunt production team status—the designs, the marketing etc. are done by white people for white people and that is where most of the money eventually flows, I surmise.
I have yet to see a single project aside of microloans that would actually center indigenous people’s own agency and artistic/entrepreneurial vision. But my thoughts on this are only half-formed, and if anyone can point me to texts, articles etc. about this, I’d be ever so grateful!
"A colonized mind is capable of seeing ONLY the options laid out by the coloniser […] a colonised mind is trained to be held within the limits set by the coloniser […] solutions have to come from decolonized minds that can see beyond the confines established and enforced by the coloniser […] often colonised minds will side with the coloniser against decolonized thinking and action, that is what the colonized are trained to do, that is part of the colonisation process"
Debra White Plume dropping some truth bombs (via selchieproductions)
Much like the Sámedikkit.(via dolgematki)