It is quiet cold at the time of the Vernal Equinox at Tea at Tympani Lane
Records. The CD: The Madrigalawaits mastering and is coming soon to iTunes.
The Talisman Rose has been set to music and is the second song in my 5th green book
of songs, with new green ribbons for Spring. Radio Storms continues to write
with 3 new untitled works. A new children's story is brewing tentatively called
The Gift: The Story of the Lute. Concerts in the Montreal Metro have lessened
yet continue in quiet celebration of the romance of poetry and music . . .
“ It takes a Community to raise a child. “
- Collective Native Wisdom
“ The townspeople outside the reservations had a very superior attitude toward
Indians, which was kind of funny, because they weren’t very wealthy; they were
on the fringes of society themselves. “
- James Welch (Author)
“ I’m proud of being part Cherokee, and I think it’s time all us Indians felt the same way. ”
- Loretta Lynn (Singer/Songwriter)
“ The way to kill a man or a nation is to cut off his dreams, the way the whites are
taking care of the Indians: killing their dreams, their magic, their familiar spirits. “
- William S. Burroughs (Author)
The following are some thoughts on the Canadian native peoples . . . While in Toronto I met some native people in the street, at a street mission and at the Tibetan Shop on Yonge Street, empathically I knew these people were my cousins, they are Anishawabe/Ojibway or First Nations (and I suspect these lines of Canadian Indian are from Tibet). I have spent ¾’s of my life thinking I was white, I had inherited the earth, in reality I am part Ojibway and suddenly I am lost, I don’t belong, I have self-esteem issues, I don’t know what this means and it bothers me. It is as if an entire set of cultural knowledge has been lost, but I find this with my European roots as well. What does cultural knowledge have to do with self-definition, the need for roots. Knowing where your people have been (what they held sacred, how karmic/cultural practice keeps people safe and at peace with the Community and with God, what were their stories, their loves, their fears, their joys, their griefs,the wars they have fought)connects us to the past and therefore helps us understand the present. How old journals, photos, art, produce stories of family and weaves the day into the light. It is like being self-obliterated, never quite certain if you have caused offense, as if you have to apologize for yourself. To be without history breaks continuity with the Community, it leaves you not knowing who you are and without self-knowledge. Nothing happens in a vacuum, there is history to all cultural practices, all ancestors and all misunderstandings or wars.
What does it mean to be a member of a conquered race, for a woman does it lead to rape issues with people of the conquering race? Does it mean less protection under the law? Does it mean discrimination? What does it mean to not understand who are your people, to be without cultural information, without karmic information? What does it mean to be socialized into the dominant culture? To be without socialization makes a very unsafe situation for everyone, as you do not understand what is trespass and you may not understand what is happening in your love life which could lead to domestic violence and suicide. Native women are considered to be the most marginalized group in society, as of 2008 there were 510 missing Canadian native women and over the last 10 years a total of 3,000 Canadian native women have gone missing. They are wives, mothers, girlfriends, students, workers and may have addictions problems and may be street people, most, if not all of these women have Fated Others, why are they not in covenant marriages with families? Sometimes these women go missing and often it is not reported in the mainstream media, for example Shannon Alexander a 16 year old went missing without news coverage. Often, the native young people from the Reserves gravitate to large cities for work and may be disabused, falling into street life, addictions and rape. There are Third World conditions on Reserves according to Irkar Beljaars (a Canadian Native rights activist) and the community is marred by a culture of suicide that stems from the loss of land, way of life, language and isolation, eroding coping mechanisms contributing to depression and alcohol abuse. Also the memories of the emotional violence of the Residential Schools and the taking of children from their families with subsequent torture, murder, pedophilia with a death rate of 30 – 60% (Dr. Peter Price, The Story of a National Crime, 1922) that was no less than genocide according to the United Nations, contributes to emotional malaise. The Canadian government has issued an official apology but monies are being withdrawn from Canadian Native Friendship Centers that help integrate and provide mental health services for natives when they come to large cities. The native culture has been eroded and the native language is not spoken as often by native children, their culture is dying, the soul of a people is in its language, arts, way of life and cultural effects. The suicide rate on Reserves is twice as high as the national average and is particularly prevalent among those 10 – 24 years old, There is a domino effect, so that when one person suicides others do the same. A 2 day counselor training course was introduced called Assist by the First Nations governing body that could be taken by anyone in the Reserve Community so that it became acceptable for people to talk about suicide, a positive step towards healing (as a suicide within the Community was usually met with silence).
In my opinion, education and healing is the key to integration, wholeness and peace for the Canadian native peoples. I suspect the loss of way of life, possible disabuse by the larger community and the communal wound of genocide against native children has left a spiritual mark on the native community that needs to be healed, possibly through Deep Process work in group therapy as the native people process and integrate their experiences with the grief of emotionally wounded parents that has been passed on to them through those that experienced the actual loss of their children and those children that survived their treatment at Residential Schools. Doing emotional clearing, processing grief and anger, and coming into a state of positive mental health could lessen addictions and suicide. People interested in emotional healing from the Reserve could become lay counselors (by doing Deep Process Work and finding their own emotional healing over a period of years) and take their knowledge and skills back to their Community or Deep Process workers could be invited to service the Reserve Community. Literacy in their Native language and in Native arts and culture could help revitalize the culture, perhaps through special classes at school. Also English literacy is important as well as the basics of computer and Internet use. An understanding of universal karmic principal would help by giving a belief in a higher power that guides with knowledge of right from wrong (not hurting others) providing good karma as well as the keys to finding a Fated Other or most suited other, so that people are at peace with their Community and in their love lives. There is something to be said for a happy family life, taking comfort in husband/wife and having children, bringing light and love into the world, in the past it was considered a great tragedy to not have a family and may still be thought so by many today. Also, I suspect the Native peoples need to be acculturated into the larger “English” culture with social mores and ways, they need to know that cultural rules exist and that to violate them could cause emotional or actual violence when living in cities and not knowing them could cause them to be looked over for employment. The best way to become acculturated is to find a friend in the city community who will mentor you or by walking down the street ask questions and gather information telepathically. Also volunteering in a nursing home, gathering cultural information from “white” elders is a good way to discover this information, although it is basically unspoken and it is a taboo to speak about it once it is learned (although passing it along telepathically helps (and I suspect there are rules about this)). Everyone has a mission in life, after finding your Fated Other or establishing a stable love life with a more suited other, the main purpose is to discern your calling for work. By doing aptitude tests (free over the Internet at your public library or an Internet café) you will fall into a certain “psych type” matched to your interests or talents (all the same psychological types are in the same jobs) this will give you direction for mentoring and education. If financing is a problem it is possible to take part-time courses and work at a part-time job or apply for government student loans/grants or bursaries and scholarships are available through colleges and universities. It is also possible to educate oneself over the Internet and become mentored through volunteering/apprenticeship (for trades, administration occupations, service positions), it would give an experience credit on a Curriculum Vitae (although it may not be considered official accreditation, if you are skilled enough, have enough experience and do good work why shouldn’t you be hired?). It makes a case for self-education (Internet and mentoring through volunteering/apprenticeship) with an accreditation exam offered by an educational institution afterwards, giving a final approval. Also networking within the professional associations for your job type can provide opportunity to meet future employers. Further, becoming a citizen in the Nation State is important, it means you are politically active so that you attend all candidate meetings (getting to know politicians, perhaps volunteering on a campaign)for elections and exercise your right to vote. By being politically active and being in dialogue with the government through local politics you are airing your concerns for your Community and ensuring the safety of you and your people. Finding healing and place within the Native community and within the larger society.
The Way of Peace,