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Saturday, April 24, 2010
Modern science is struggling to understand the benefits of the traditional land management practices of the Pemón. Certainly, it's possible that living off the land locally using habitat burns could create unintended consequences in times of drought. However, one needs to look at the real problem -- how lands and peoples around them have dramatically changed through disrespect for the land and its natural cycles. And one needs to respect their long-term success in surviving in that place, and, rather than change the way native peoples live, work to restore the resilience of surrounding lands.
The other problem you will see in the article is the struggle with a non-issue: whether or not native land management alters the ecosystem. When you see humans as separate from nature, then you can indeed engage in these discussions of whether or not the landscape is native. When you see the integration of all things living, then it doesn't matter. People are part of the landscape, flowing and evolving together.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
As part of the Cochabamba Conference:
Monday, March 29, 2010
Terrol Dew Johnson, is the co-founder of Tohono O'odham Community Action – a nonprofit grass-roots organization that supports traditional farming, healthy foods and tribal culture. In 1996, he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes – an epidemic among tribal members. This article describes a 3000 mile healing walk on which he embarked.
Last week, the National Diabetes Education Program noted that "16 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives aged 20 and older have diagnosed diabetes, compared to a national average of seven percent.".
People of all races, take care of yourself!