Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Ceremony for the Ancestors, Sat. Nov 7, 2009

NativeVoices will host a Prayer Ceremony to remember our Cherokee and other Native American Ancestors who died during a period of ethnic cleansing by Andrew Jackson.  Around sixteen thousand natives were detained and then forced out of the Southeastern U. S. when gold was found on Cherokee property in 1829.

Shelter #5 is reserved Saturday November 7, 2009 at the Trail of Tears Park 5-mi. NW of Jonesboro and 20-mi. S. of Murphysboro.  There will be an afternoon Prayer Ceremony beginning at 4pm.  Drums and flutes allowed after the Ceremony's end.  Bring items for potluck and grilling.

This year's Trail of Tears Walk and CAMPOUT WILL NOT be held due to my not understanding that I was responsible for arrangements and also to my being busy with renovation complications on my house.  For questions please contact D. Morningstar: (618)303-0703 or send an email to
The annual Trail of Tears Walk WILL take place next year and arrangements are already being planned. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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George Carlin speaking on the topic "Indians"

"Now the Indians...I call them Indians because that's what they are. They're Indians. There's nothing wrong with the word Indian.
First of all, it's important to know that the word Indian does not derive from Columbus mistakenly believing he had reached ' India .' India was not even called by that name in 1492; it was known as Hindustan. More likely, the word Indian comes from Columbus 's description of the people he found here. He was an Italian, and did not speak or write very good Spanish, so in his written accounts he called the Indians, 'Una gente in Dios.' A people in God. In God. In Dios. Indians. It's a perfectly noble and respectable word.
As far as calling them 'Americans' is concerned, do I even have to point out what an insult this is? ----- We steal their hemisphere, kill twenty or so million of them, destroy five hundred separate cultures, herd the survivors onto the worst land we can find, and now we want to name them after ourselves? It's appalling.
Haven't we done enough damage? Do we have to further degrade them by tagging them with the repulsive name of their conquerors? You know, you'd think it would be a fairly simple thing to come over to this continent, commit genocide, eliminate the forests, dam up the rivers, build our malls and massage parlors, sell our blenders and whoopee cushions, poison ourselves with chemicals, and let it go at that.... But no! We have to compound the insult.'...
I'm glad the Indians have gambling casinos now. It makes me happy that dimwitted white people are losing their rent money to the Indians. Maybe the Indians will get lucky and win their country back. Probably wouldn't want it. Look at what we did to it."