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January 2009 Blog Posts (29)


Quote from video: "So all Relations can live..."

My Message:

This is dedication to all who struggle, who have lost a love one thru the harshness of this world......

This is for a young man name Thomas, a young cree 16 who took his own life a few days ago, my prayers to you back home....

This is for Donovan, 17 cree who was tragically taken from us on the holiness month of the year.

This is to the 15 members we lost in 2008 from… Continue

Added by Blueskywoman on January 29, 2009 at 12:11pm — 1 Comment

International Holocaust Rememberance Day January 27

This day, for me a day of silent reflection and prayer.…


Added by adem medina cardona on January 26, 2009 at 8:57pm — 1 Comment

My Pledge of Allegiance

My Pledge of Allegiance

I pledge allegiance to Creator and to the path Creator has put me on. I pledge allegiance to my family, to my ancestors who walked before me and to my future generations who will walk after me. I pledge to walk the way of the warrior, to protect those who need protection, to guide those who need guidance, and to help those who need my help. I pledge to be a man of honor and integrity and to do my part in making this world a better place to live. Aho.

Bear… Continue

Added by Bear Warrior on January 26, 2009 at 7:42pm — 1 Comment

Lucayan Taino

Does anyone know of Lucayan Taino archeaological sites that are opened for visitors? I am thinking of going on my honeymoon to the north Caribbean and would love to see Lucayan artifacts and culture while I am there.

Added by Martin Nieves-Morales on January 26, 2009 at 12:22pm — 2 Comments

The Rainbow Warriors


Lelanie Fuller Stone "The Cherokee Lady", relates the story that her grandmother told her when she was a young girl:

Do you know what a rainbow is ?? Yes, a beautiful bow of colors in the sky.

Do you know what a warrior is ?? A warrior is a brave person. One who has courage instead of being afraid.

Now let me ask you a question. Do you love animals or hate animals? Do you love trees or hate trees? Do you love people or hate people? Do… Continue

Added by Blueskywoman on January 26, 2009 at 11:27am — 1 Comment

Decolonizing Bolivia

Bolivians back new, pro-indigenous constitution

AP, January 25, 2009

LA PAZ, Bolivia – Bolivian voters embraced a new constitution Sunday that promises more power for the poor indigenous majority and grants leftist President Evo Morales a shot at remaining in office through 2014.

But the charter's low support in Bolivia's lowland east — which controls much of the nation's wealth and fiercely opposes Morales' plans to empower long-suffering highland… Continue

Added by Maximilian Forte on January 25, 2009 at 11:49pm — 2 Comments

Part Two - my soul is in the water...

6 am Monday: We took a short hike through the woods to the edge of

the wetlands. Days of heavy rains gifted us opportunity to board our

kayaks between submerged trees in the tropical forest. We cut through

the water droplets that hung in a heavy mist over the still and quiet lake

on this cold autumn morning. The sun greeted us rising slowly over the

mountains to our east as we entered the open waters of the lake.

The lake is a chameleon from morning to night.… Continue

Added by adem medina cardona on January 23, 2009 at 7:26pm — No Comments

By request... my soul is in the water

Shared Intimacy

5 am alarm rings. Suffering with a low grade fever, I sit up in the bed.

My body longs to remain in the warmth of my soft blankets. Reaching

for the alarm sitting next to the bottle of ibuprofen, I am reminded of the

migraine I had just two nights ago. I begin to second guess today's trip.

Stress and depression lurk just outside my door, hovering, waiting for a

chance to pounce. The mounting bills, life's stressors, and my… Continue

Added by adem medina cardona on January 22, 2009 at 10:10pm — 1 Comment

New Era Of Far-Reaching Change

Tau MY Relatives

This weekend the South American continent will witness more of the same phenomenon that is sweeping this hemisphere since the early 1990's. This new installment on what appears to be a region-wide movement comes fast on the heels of the miracle that took place this past November in the U.S., the miracle that saw one of the last true Apartheid nations of the world actually elect a black man to the highest office of government. In… Continue

Added by Miguel Sague Jr on January 22, 2009 at 5:30pm — 6 Comments

You Are On Indian Land

You Are on Indian Land

Mort Ransen, 1969, 36 min 48 s

The film shows the confrontation between police and a 1969 demonstration by Mohawks of the St. Regis Reserve on the bridge between Canada and the United States near Cornwall, Ontario. By blocking traffic on the bridge, which is on the Reserve, the Indians drew public attention to their grievance that they were prohibited by Canadian authorities from duty-free passage of personal purchases across the border,… Continue

Added by Maximilian Forte on January 22, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

Kanehsatake 270 Years of Resistance

Alanis Obomsawin, 1993, 119 min 15 s

On a July day in 1990, a confrontation propelled Native issues in Kanehsatake and the village of Oka, Quebec, into the international spotlight. Director Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 nerve-wracking days and nights filming the armed stand-off between the Mohawks, the Quebec police and the Canadian army. This powerful documentary takes you right into the action of an age-old Aboriginal… Continue

Added by Maximilian Forte on January 22, 2009 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

New Chat Function, Other News

Just to state the obvious, this network has a new chat function. The previous chat room, which was external to the network, has been closed. Luckily, we now have a solution that appears to be better than all previous attempts.

The settings for this network have now been set to private. Exchanges can longer be freely seen by anyone on the Internet, nor searched and cached by entities like Google. Initially, the openness of the network was to allow others to benefit from the many… Continue

Added by Maximilian Forte on January 21, 2009 at 12:24pm — 1 Comment


It would seem that at least one person is not happy with my work with this network, and issues of "ownership" have been raised. As with the Caribbean Amerindian Centrelink, and Kacike, I have been actively seeking to transfer these resources. The proof of the latter facts is to be found within the Groups in this network by the way, specifically:…


Added by Maximilian Forte on January 20, 2009 at 12:00pm — 18 Comments


Today is am amazing day in the history of the US - Barack Obama will take the oath of office as President in about an hour's time. For those of us, who have lived through the Civil Rights Movement, this is a monumental event and shows that united, working together and never giving up hope for equality and justice, we are seeing a man of color assuming the highest office in this land.

Yesterday, was Martin Luther King Day, and how well I can…

Added by Svhiyeyi Aga on January 20, 2009 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

For those of you in the Portland, Oregon area, I am attending this event. I should arrive early in the day, but I am unsure as to how long I wil be staying. I would love to meet as many of you from t…

For those of you in the Portland, Oregon area, I am attending this event. I should arrive early in the day, but I am unsure as to how long I wil be staying. I would love to meet as many of you from the Pacific Northwestin person, as I will be moving back to the Caribbean some time next fall. You may email me to let me know what time you plan to arrive. I will be wearing a white jacket and a white sweater with jeans. See you there! peace&luv-c

The biggest Powwow in the Portland,… Continue

Added by adem medina cardona on January 20, 2009 at 1:30am — No Comments


Dear Network Members,

as the site administrator it was never my intention to moderate discussions, nor monitor every utterance for any possible inappropriate or offensive statement, as I considered that rude, intrusive, and presumptuous.

At the urging of now more than a few dozen members, I have been asked that at least a rudimentary code of conduct be established. Of greatest concern, that is, the concerns that repeated themselves across what were 37 messages at last… Continue

Added by Maximilian Forte on January 20, 2009 at 12:00am — 12 Comments


Just a caution, for those who need it;

Any sign of continued personal insults between members will lead to the banning of those persons. There seems to be a marked degeneration in the quality of discussion here, very much in contrast with the cheerful, constructive, and productive experiences that dominated early on.

As the person who initially set up this network, I cannot tolerate seeing it become another hate site for flamers. For those who are new here, show some… Continue

Added by Maximilian Forte on January 19, 2009 at 7:00am — 17 Comments



Taino Ti

Its great to see our people being honored by you Yatekinex, we give praise to the ones that came before us and we honor their committment. We are no longer relics of the past but a living vibrant presence of naborias stating Daca Taino for Tainos today.and Tainos yet unborn.

I cannot express in words the importance of what you are… Continue

Added by Caracoli on January 19, 2009 at 2:55am — No Comments

Unrepentant - Canada's Genocide

Someone ask me why I can move on after all that happened. I think that's the only thing you can do is to give HOPE for you and your love ones, so forgiveness is a way to heal. It teaches you not to walk in hate but show love and kindness instead. I wish not to endure this to anyone of any race in my lifetime regardless of what happened to us. One of my elders once told me in order to move on, you must forgive, then you can free yourself from hate. Both my parents went to Residential School and… Continue

Added by Blueskywoman on January 16, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Mayan and Aztec infuences in the Taino Culture

Mayan and Aztec infuences in the Tainos

by tainoray


Taino Ti

This is an exerpt from the book written in 1984 called Influencias Mayas y Aztecas en los Tainos de las antillas mayores by Osvaldo Garcia Goyco. Mr Goyco was disuaded from further research by the academic elite at the time. I feel that Mr… Continue

Added by Caracoli on January 16, 2009 at 2:56pm — No Comments

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