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Lojah’s Spring Greeting

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Hello friends and family!

 

Spring is finally here and I think the weather is actually going to stick around.  It has been a little while since I last sent out an update, because I’ve been so heavily involved in working for Veterans Healthcare reform, and some pretty significant life changes that I let my regular updates slip by.

 

 

Well, I’m back at it again.  So far 2016 is proving to be a great year for me and I have some really cool updates to share with you.

 

MY ARTIST PAGE

For starters I opened up my artist page on Lojah.com where you can view and purchase my personally hand painted artwork, inspired by Indigenism, nature, arcane symbolism and personal vision. It’s still in its formative stages but it’s going to be great as it grows.

 

THE MOODY VIEW

I consolidated my old blogs into a single blog called The Moody View, easier to follow and keep track of. It’s a place where I talk about art, music, culture and modern critiques. I’ll be covering a lot of my experiences as I create more art and further explore life.

 

I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

 

Link up with me by visiting some of my Lojah sites below.

 

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Until Next time,

Lojah

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Lojah Supports Idle No More

Idle No More is an important movement for indigenous people and our supporters throughout the world. It started with a Canadian First Nations response to being cut out of the historical legislative process concerning traditional Indian land and wilderness.  Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence of the Attawapiskat nation began a hunger strike in protest. (Read More)

Uncontacted Indian Tribes; Big News in Brazil

According to the Associated Press on Thursday Brazil has released photographs of one of their last uncontacted indigenous tribes located in the far western Amazon near the border of Peru. 

Roughly a dozen Natives were photographed in the Jungles of Brazil amongst six grass huts.  The stories claim that Anthropologists have known about this tribe for some 20 years.  I immediately have to wonder if this is the same tribe that Sydney Possuelo spoke about in National Geographic in 2003 whom he called the Fletchero, or “arrow makers.”  I’m inclined to make an educated guess and say that they are. 

The pictures show a half dozen or so men in red paint shooting their arrows at the aircraft as it flies overhead.  Beside them in a couple of the pictures are two other people wearing black paint. The men in red are obviously the community’s warriors.  The two people in black are women. 

In 2003 when Possuelo spoke to National Geographic about the Fletchero, he theorized that they, like many other Amazonian Indians may in fact be the descendants of refugees of European expansionism who fled the Spanish invasion for homes deeper in the jungles.  If this is true, what must these natives think about the outside world?

 As we know Native peoples maintain their histories for countless generations in oral traditions and folklore.  When they teach their children about the outside world do they recite the Native experience as we know them to be?  I wonder if they recount the horrors experienced by their ancestors at the hands of the corrupt conquistadores and the deadly diseases unleashed against their people.  Is it any wonder that they shoot arrows at the strangers who buzz their village in a huge mechanized monster bird?  What legends, warnings and taboos have grown up around this tribe’s choice to exclude themselves from interaction with the outside world?

And herein lies the outsider’s dilemma; to contact or to NOT contact this tribe.  For a number of years FUNAI in Brazil has had a no contact policy for these Indians, and I certainly appreciate that.  The last thing we need are the eager missionaries pushing their way into the jungles hoping to secure more converts, blazing a trail for logging companies and real estate speculators to come in right behind them and exploit their new human resources.  And as if that isn’t bad enough Indian rights activist Miriam Ross, makes the point; 

First contact is often completely catastrophic for “uncontacted” tribes. It’s not unusual for 50 percent of the tribe to die in months after first contact … They don’t generally have immunity to diseases common to outside society. Colds and flu that aren’t usually fatal to us can completely wipe them out.

As an Indian, mixed-blood as I may be, I feel great joy in knowing there are a few of us left who still live the old way.  But I also feel great sadness over this because I realize just how few of them there really are … what maybe a few dozen?
Jose Carlos Meirelles, coordinator for Brazil’s National Indian Foundation says; “We put the photos out because if things continue the way they are going, these people are going to disappear.”

I hear you brother.  I hear you.