Listening, Sharing and pondering here at OSU in Eugene.
Humbled by how much I have to learn about the stories and truths of the inhabitations and wisdoms of Turtle Island – and the illegal removals, disruptions and ongoing poisonings the people have been enduring. Humbled by the challenges of moving out of denials and willful ignorance – into opening and listening to the ancient laws of the people and the land – and opening to respectfully following leadership of the elders of the land we live with – as we work to stop and repair what is truly an ongoing unreconciled genocide. And how there is so many levels of deep beauty, humor and the stories in which are embedded the true peoples laws of the land.
Inspired by the patient loving wise warrior spirits among the leaders of the people. Inspired by the insight that we must unhinge ourselves from the idea that law originates from Nation States and that it is a totalitarian authoritarian artifice – that in truth it emerges from the people and the agreements we choose in order to get along with one another – that we can choose to remember, respect and to be creative. We must do this in order to restore living ecologies and communities as primary and relegate commerce and property as responsible to life and community.
(Recently revisiting the ideas of Hannah Arendt – who did a lot of thinking and critical analysis of totalitarianism after WWII and her reporting on the Eichmann trial for the New Yorker magazine. She came to understand the root of the problem as lying in rootlessness, homelessness and poverty created by forced migration which disconnects people from place. This she understood as being rooted in an inner condition in which there is a longing for stability that in turn yearns for the structures of totalitarianism – and creates inner conditions that are unable to make choices based on personal conscience – surrendering to the needs of those with power over. This she saw as enabling the reality of the holocaust. My take away is that through connection to the ability to feed ourselves locally, exercise of sovereignty is empowered, and in being connected to place that we retain our dignity as human beings – and that we protect ourselves and one another from totalitarian impulses.)
Challenged by the experience of gathering new insights and experiences of unresolved injustices. Inspired by the creative “masked” strategies of First Nations working with colonial legal structures creatively – (a lot of this going on in Alaska and Canada). Challenged in listening to First Nations leaders and seeking the advice and guidance of elders – how there is so often deeper levels of understanding to inform actions – and to be slow to be fully convinced of my own ideas. A growing awareness of how protocol is a part of ancient unwritten law in how peoples have negotiated territory and permissions within the landscape with one another. The ideas of formalizing protocols of alliance in working to face honestly the needs for truth telling and reconciliation – for supporting the naming, reclaiming and repair of First Nations peoples inhabitation’s within their homelands. For repairing the hearts of all people’s in the landscape as we repair ourselves as treaty peoples – for most all of us are in fact treaty peoples – and yet our educational systems have very consciously kept our youth uneducated about their treaty status and the significance of these agreements. Too many settler colonial citizens choose willful ignorance of their own status as treaty peoples.
Here is a subsequent piece about un reconciled colonial treaty processes in Oregon – repressed histories we need to face as a part of decolonization. Mapping Stolen Lands of Illahee : “Modern” Colonial Oregon and Visioning toward Truth & her Reconciliations