Tau My Relatives
I was invited by a Taino brother, Maximus, to attend a gathering of
Indigenous people in New York City this past weekend of November 13,
14,and 15. From what I understand, these kinds of gatherings are, in
part, intended to promote a sense of unity and co-operation within the
context of sacred space among peoples of the earth who are sensing a
need to reconnect with our ancestral Indigenous spiritual heritage and
find more effective ways to total liberation. I planned to be in New
York City on that weekend for a number of reasons including that
gathering but was unfortunately only able to attend the last 45 minutes
of the Sunday circle in lower Manhattan. Nevertheless, it was obvious
from the experience that I had during those 45 minutes that the spirits
and the ancestors are indeed guiding the direction of this movement.
The initiative itself is called INDIGENOUS NATIONS ALLIANCE and, going
by the material that Maximus fowarded to me it is associated to the
Millions More Movement.
I want to express here the gratitude that I feel in having been
included in that sacred circle yesterday. The discussion was pertinent
and the spirit within which it was being carried out was one of fair
and complete inclusiveness. There were people there representing all of
the races of the earth. No one was left out or ostricized because of
the color of his or her skin and the spiritual legitimacy of all of the
world's ancient traditions, from every continent, were duly recognized.
I did research the Indigenous Nations Alliance-Millions More Movement
and found many things in their goals and objectives that I felt
resonated very well with my own beliefs and aspirations.
Toward the end of the Sunday gathering I was given the honor of helping
close the event with a prayer in the tradition of the Caney Indigenous
Circle and the Taino way that we walk. Afterwards I was again honored
as an attending elder with the gift of a bag of coffee from the
liberated Zapatista area of Chiapas. These two were humbling moments
for me and I feel blessed that the cemies allowed me to be there to
learn from and share with those relatives present.
Again, I want to express my gratitude to Maximus for helping organize
the event, and to the activists from the Indigenous Nations Alliance
who travelled all the way from California to be with us here in the
Miguel Sobaoko Koromo Sague