Monday, August 2, 2010

The Quivira Coalition’s 9th Annual Conference The Carbon Ranch: Using Food and Stewardship to Build Soil and Fight Climate Change

The Quivira Coalition's 9th Annual Conference The Carbon Ranch: Using Food and Stewardship to Build Soil and Fight Climate Change 
November 10-12, 2010: 
Albuquerque, New Mexico
During the three-day conference, you will hear from a variety of "carbon pioneers." The first day includes an all-day symposium titled Improving the Carbon Cycle on Your Land. The next two days will be devoted to plenary speakers who will address the essential elements of a carbon ranch, including practices that enrich soil carbon, strategies for monitoring carbon accrual, the role of grassfed food, watershed restoration and global case studies. Online registration begins July 1, 2010!  For more information click here.

Monday, May 31, 2010

International Indigenous Women’s Forum

The International Indigenous Women's Forum is a network of Indigenous women leaders from Asia, Africa, and the Americas working to increase their participation and visibility in the international arena, and build capacity, and the Indigenous Women's Fund is the "economic and philanthropic arm".  Catalyzed by a UN conference, we're struck by what they are supporting:

"traditional indigenous economy base on the principles of reciprocity, solidarity and complementarity."
"indigenous community economic models for a "health living" seeking development that allows you to maintain your identity."

Exactly.  We couldn't have said it better.

In their "intercultural" approach to philanthropy, the Fund seeks to"
• Address issues of inequity;
• Base its work on traditional Indigenous values of reciprocity and complementarity and "unity in diversity";
• Facilitate and promote equal exchanges between donors and grantees, and between the Global North and South and within;
• Build partnerships of mutual interests and reciprocity between donor or social change supporters and grantees

Best wishes to you mothers and elders in pursuing this work.

IFIP 2009 and Related Quotes

International Funders of Indigenous People 2009 sessions covered climate change, the need for adaptation, food security, Indigenous rights, sovereignty, and self-determination.  It gave, in their words, "a rare opportunity to learn about the interconnectedness of Indigenous peoples and their environment, and their commitment to protecting the world for future generations."

Some select quotes:

"We hope to live for centuries in a healthy environment. . . Wearing a smile and holding our hearts in our hands, we need to reconstruct this generation that is in darkness, because tomorrow it will be too late." - Anank Nunkai of the Ecuadorian Amazon, traditional healer and former Indigenous Permaculture

"No one has the right to genetically modify our Cosmogenealogy,""These foods are not just foods … they are our relatives", Winona LaDuke said.  She stressed the importance of the 're-localization of community'

"Even if we have never seen each other, Native people understand one other,"  Aaju Peter of Iqaluit.

Simon Ortiz said that Earth Mother really needs our help, that Indigenous people can play a major role in regenerating the world

"While we have a great deal to learn from you about technology in terms of saving the earth, what you need to learn from us is the spiritual technology of saving the earth.", Colombian shaman Don Luciano Mutumbajoy (at the 2001 Environmental Grantmakers Association Retreat)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Local Food Roundup

Of the many interesting articles there are on community food systems, this "From Blight to a Tasty Bite, Growing Food to Root a Neighborhood" article on Oakland is worth a look.  And for a current Native perspective, listen in on Friday, May 14, 2010 to Food: From Farm to School on Native America Calling

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Traditional Land Management: Clash of Science and Fire In Venezuela’s Savanna

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

Indigenous Andeans Living Off the Land:

As part of the Cochabamba Conference:

"Honor and respect water as a sacred and life-giving gift from the Creator of Life. Water, the first living spirit on Earth.
. . . When water is threatened, all living things are threatened."
  -- Statement, Hopi Hisot Navoti Gathering

Monday, March 29, 2010

Tohono O’odham: Walking Path to Better Health

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!