The lyrics of ¨Blackbird¨ by Beatles dude Paul McCartney make for some fairly easy translation into languages. bird, wing, black, life, night:



Decolonization Is The Reverse Of Gentrification ...

So, probably this is what needs to happen to every building with ivy on it...

"“How do you reverse-gentrify?” asked Flint Jamison, co-founder and president of the Yale Union contemporary arts center. “Give the fucking land back! Turn the keys over.”"

Yeah, I was force-fed the settler delusion about endless free land for the taking and hardy pioneers ... they did this to all the kids in my younger elementary and middle school days.

"The issue I had with Oregon Trail is that it always put Native people in relation to settlers,” said Anishinaabe, Métis video game designer Elizabeth LaPensée, who teaches at Michigan State University. “The game is all about colonization.” - Native News Online

Fast forward about 40 years, and LaPensée and a team of writers and artists have remixed the tired old Oregon Trail into the Indigenous-focused “When Rivers Were Trails.”"

Great interview with Nick Tilsen (NDN Collective) about how the Oglala Sioux and Cheyenne River people are making it known that they explicitly prohibit the colonist's "President" from trespassing and intruding on their sovereign sacred territory. He does not have permission at this time.

The colonial state of South Dakota's "governor" Kristi Noem recently stared her hideous face and vacant, dead eyes into a TV camera and insisted that neither masks nor social distancing would be required the rally Trump wants there.

As Covid-19 cases have been accelerating in several states, the idiocy of colonist leaders cannot be underestimated.

Lots of love to the indigenous people of the region; keep yourselves safe.

All the cultures on Turtle Island have similar concepts in spiritual teachings... found another gem earlier today:

Strange how none of my "facebook friends" (back in 2018 when checking fb occasionally was something I did) happened to get the news that the bronze statue of that TYRANT CORNWALLIS was finally, finally, FINALLY REMOVED FROM the PREMISES!!! In 2018? Why did it take so long to make this known?

The harder they try holding back the truth, the harder it hits them in the face...

Getting rid of colonist and tyrant names and namesakes on "place names" is about the smartest thing any community that desires decolonization can do.

"The removal of the statue, which was installed by the Canadian National Railway in 1931, came after increasing controversy over Cornwallis’s so-called scalping proclamation that offered a cash bounty to anyone who killed a Mi’kmaw person.

“It’s important for us to have the statue removed because white supremacist groups were rallying around the beliefs and ideologies Cornwallis had perpetuated hundreds of years ago,” said Patles.

“And we believe the scalping proclamation … is the seeds of missing and murdered Indigenous women.”

A municipal staff report last week recommended removing the statue in the name of public safety.

The report stated there could have been attempts during Sunday’s rally to tear down the statue as well as possible violent clashes between protesters.

Last year, on Canada Day, a group of protesters demonstrating in front of the statue was confronted by a smaller group called the Proud Boys. While the confrontation didn’t become violent, the incident intensified the debate about the statue."


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"From the beginning of European control there has been an unrelenting drive to commit genocide over another culture. The American Indians were a majority so the Europeans called them an enemy. One of the major facts the United States Government has failed to understand is that the spiritual aspect of life is inseparable from the economic and the political aspects.

American Indians felt comfortable with the environment, close to the moods and rhythms of nature, in time with the living planet. Europeans were quite different, viewing the earth itself as lifeless and inorganic, subject to any kind of manipulation or alteration. Europeans tended to be alienated from nature and came to the New World to use the wilderness, to conquer and exploit its natural wealth for private gain.

American Indians’ agricultural and medical wisdom had been ignored by the European invaders. In their rush to control the land and people much has passed them by and much has been destroyed."

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Only one case and zero deaths?

The unmistakably wise Julian Runner Bear informs the disease of Kristi Noem and her pompous, pasty-faced goons and monstrosities that, "No", they are _not_ allowed anywhere near protected territories.

"“Governor Noem miscalculates our level of dedication to protect our most vulnerable people from crony capitalism’s thrust to force us to open our economy as they choose to do,” Runner Bear wrote."

Smart move: that colonist governor is a proven vector of disease.

Every continent where English is spoken has a history of genocide and oppression against native people.

Australia has been under the most brutal direct attacks by Rupert Murdoch's monstrosity of corporate disasters. Pollution on media waves everywhere; very few people can get the facts.

Well here they are: if you want start decolonizing, start using names wherever possible. The decolonization from corrupted technology is, for some people, a little more difficult (see infographic).


The man the colonists put on the twenty dollar bill advocated for genocide against the native inhabitants, which they called "Indians".

Reject the colonists' fictions, and stop worshipping their money.

Gandhi's messages never had malice. The rupee could have been as insignificant and foreign to native wisdom as a "piss ant".

Jefferson's attempt to quantify his murderous actions as "okay" in any scenario ought to worry the nation. He is literally advocating the murder of peaceful people.

A distinguishing characteristic of the disease of colonialsim is lack of long-term historical memory. The ones who don't know better are in denial.

Devaluing the currency, as India did, is a start.

Self-care tip in decolonizing:

Evict the derisive voice from your mind. Get that negative voice and all of its enablers out of your neighborhood.

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When the abusive colonizers tried to erase indigenous peoples' footprints from the trails, it didn't go unnoted: their legacy became "dehumanizing and demeaning", and was noted by the four-leggeds and other beings present on the lands.

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Tangental: Storm raging over at least 7 states right now:

For her 50th film, Alanis Obomsawin covered the story of a 1970's-era in Lake Winnipeg area, where colonists kidnapped and murdered a young woman.

The idea of treaties has never not been abused by colonists.

Until all the "boarding schools" are literally torn down off the face of the Earth, until no Realtor sign or billboard pollutes the land with toxicity and hideous aggression, until the landlords' and the greedy colonists' desperate apps are deleted from existence, no First Nations people will be safe.

IT NEVER MAKES SENSE TO trust the white man or his directions or his translations. As an anonymous filmmaker cautioned: "Spanish is language of the Catholic church and of commerce".

Faults are deep (geologic level depth), but indigenous memory is long.

Reading about the Bayou:

"The Chitimacha subsisted on maize, potatoes, and wild game. They preferred deer, alligator, and aquatic species. Hunting and fishing were accomplished with the aid of bone, stone, or garfish scale pointed arrows, or through the use of blow guns and wooden darts, as well as, nets and traps for fishing. The Chitimacha were prolific ceramics producers until about 200 years ago when those techniques were lost to history, however the designs are said to have been similar to those employed in basketry.

The crown jewel of the Chitimacha cultural tradition is river cane basketry, both single and double woven. According to tribal legend, basketry was taught to the Chitimacha by a deity and has been practiced by tribal families for thousands of years. There are at least 50 different design elements, which can be combined to create hundreds of different basket designs.

At the time of contact with European explorers and other non-indigenous populations, the Chitimacha were known as the most powerful tribe between Texas and Florida. Iberville, an early French explorer, encountered the Chitimacha and one of their subdivisions, the Washa along the shores of the Mississippi River in 1699. In 1706, as a response to slave raids and French aggressions, a group of killed St. Cosme, a priest and slave owner, and several members of his party, who were missionaries to the Natchez Tribe. Bienville responded to this by convincing other tribes to help them make war on the Chitimacha. This war lasted until 1718 when a Chitimacha Chief met Bienville in the fledgling city of New Orleans. A treaty establishing peace was signed and a ceremony was held, which ended the long war in which the majority of the tribal members were annihilated. In the twelve years of conflict, many Chitimacha were forced into slavery and were the most enslaved of any population in Louisiana during that time period."

and friendly reminder:

"Saints" are a colonial invention. They are part of the settler tradition to attempt to "reframe" what actually happened in the past 528 years, to minimize the horrific severity of what their ancestors (both white settlers from Europe who displaced and killed Native Americans on their conquests west, AND Spanish Conquistadors who similarly plundered and murdered Indians' villages and people as they traveled north) did. Spanish "colonial" style extravagances of large crosses and churches and missions are evidence of this genocidal history.

Settler histories are predicated on faulty notions that the continental landmass today which contains the US of A was available for the taking. Religious falsehoods about saints were beaten into children forced to attend Indian Boarding Schools. The texts of history books were embellished to disguise or mask the truly horrific abuse and genocidal historical events.

Native media site with so many facts the average person doesn't know:

From "End" _Plight Of The Redman_ by XIT

"The Indian has been out there on the ghetto of the reservation for a long long time

We have existed without adequate food, clothing, shelter, or medicine, to name but a few

In their place we have been given malnutrition, poverty, disease, suicide, and bureaucratic promises of a better tomorrow

Your America has not been the land of your proclaimed liberty and justice for all

May your God forgive you

The treatment of our people has been a national tragedy and disgrace

The time has come to put an end to that disgrace"

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iNaturalist has an algorithm-based tool that kind of works (and sometimes it really doesn't work) for identifying some species based on things like leaf shape, location, flower petals, color, etc. But it only works if something has been identified before and exists in the database. If you have a less-than-ideal image capture, or is something it doesn't already know about it
doesn't work as well, either. It can help narrow results.

If the "suggested" species that it tries to identify
something as doesn't look right, people sometimes help out with their suggestions, too.

Not always, though. Sometimes when there are two (or more than two), like

the UI doesn't quite accommodate categorization.

Another downside is that it uses primarily the Euro-centric 'Latin' names of plants, which are not what we called them pre-Columbus. The native words of a locally-indigenous plant and IDs can be more
tricky, but not impossible. There's a place called Tualatin Valley Wildlife Refuge that
has -- get this -- cutouts of the Atfalat'i people with literal "footnotes" by their feet. Apparently there was some consultation back-in-the-day. Can you imagine how frustrating it must be for them who modern settlers are still trying to write-off as footnotes?

White settlers cannot stand it when the narrative spins out of their control.

Both of these tribes were acknowledged by name at the MarkCharles2020 event in E Portland.

Related tangent:

The visitor center also has some info on invasive species of the region, which is how I knew that the scoparius "scotch broom" my bruh and I removed from a forest in the Grand Ronde region is, indeed, invasive.

iNaturalist doesn't explain any of this, and also sometimes can't tell an insect from a monkey.

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A "disappearing bog" or a "permafrost slump" are a couple things it has been called. What it is is a on the geology of an arctic region that has had "permanent" ice for 2+ years.

The main thing to make note of, should you come across one of these things in the wild, is that it has a muddy sinking floor. This sinking is the result of sub-surface ice melting. The land on top of the ice can no longer sustain without solid ice, so it literally sinks an entire ecosystems built on top of it.

Here's a story about what one indigenous group in Canada is doing to monitor and assess damages:

"Cholo is an Indigenous Guardian, part of a federally funded environmental stewardship program that monitors the health of the land and species on their traditional territory.

Cholo does most of the environmental monitoring during the summer on behalf of the Liidlii Kue First Nation in Fort Simpson, N.W.T. When he gets to an area with permafrost slumps, he takes photos with a camera that tracks GPS data. He records this data and gives it to the First Nation.

A few weeks ago, Cholo packed into a classroom in Fort Simpson with a dozen other local Indigenous leaders and guardians to take a workshop on digital mapping, which would take his observations from the paper to the computer. "[1]

"Thaw slumps are common permafrost mass-wasting features, and consist of a headwall made predominantly of ice and a muddy slump floor."[4]





When people ask why does (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) need protection from both Canadian and the US governments, it is because of animals like this, and the people who've lived along side them for thousands of years.

"[Wolverine] den sites on the North Slope may be melting earlier in the year than at wolverine den sites in the Rockies."

"Female wolverines, which birth a litter of kits every one to three years, live with their young for about a year. “We have pictures from reproductive dens of the mother with her kits,” Glass told me. “They spend a lot of time just playing. They’ll play with each other, and then they’ll go bug mom, who’s taking a nap. It looks like a family scene from any species you can think of. They’re cute and roly-poly.”

"The quality of its cloth is prized and valuable, warm, water resistant, long lasting, washable, soft, mothproof, flexible and white. In Polynesia, the loom and weaving of fibers did not occur, possibly because there were no mammals of size to provide hair. Cotton, flax, hemp and silk were not produced.

Wauke grows best in moist areas, along streams, in forests, wherever soil is rich, and where there is protection from the wind. ... Keiki grow from roots of established plants, so the wauke grove extends outwards naturally."[1]

"One ancient legend reveals the story of Maikoha, who after living years with his daughters, became weak and ill. Nearing death, he summoned his daughters and commanded them to carefully obey his instructions: "When I die, bury my body close to the waters of our pleasant stream. A tree will grow from that burial place. This tree will be to you for kapa, from which you will make all things good for clothing as well as covering when you sleep or are ill. The bark of this tree is the part you will use."

After Maikoha died, his daughters dutifully carried out his bidding and a new plant, such as they had never seen before, with small spreading branches, grew at his burial site. It was the wauke tree.

The daughters believed it was a gift from the 'aumakua, or spirits of ancestors. Reverently, they removed some branches, stripped off the bark and pounded the pieces until they were meshed into a crude type of cloth. Thus they made kapa, "the beaten thing.""[2]



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