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“For now . . .”

I have often been fascinated by Hugo Chavez and how he is his own’s worst enemy. So many great ideas, such poor judgement. He is clouded by power, not socialism. He reminds me of a combination of Castro and Pablo Picasso.

Frontline on PBS did an 90 minute doc on him that explains it all.

I like the uniforms though . . . red is such a powerful color.

Oyateunderground-Siyotanka: A Voice from Within

Wanbli WiWohkpe (James Starkey) has been making a series of videos. This is one of them. James makes and plays his own traditional flutes often out of found objects.

Commentary;

Wanbli WiWohkpe grew up on the streets of Rapid City, an illegal squatter town built in the Sacred Homeland of the Lakota Nation.
Growing up amidst what was commonly called “The Feud”, Wanbli WiWohkpe was caught between two worlds: the wasicu world of academia, where he excelled and blossomed, and the world of the reality around him, where he was looked down upon for who he and his Family were.
Wanbli WiWohkpe saw the utter disrespect afforded the Indigenous Male. He was told constantly in school to eschew his kin, and to grab hold of the American Dream.
Through a series of events, Wanbli WiWohkpe chose instead to follow his older brother, Warren Rich, and the two became very close, almost as if they melded into one person. He learned to be strong, to be swift, and to be loyal.
The Youths ultimately became entangled in the system of incarceration perpetuated by the Invader/Occupier. The Youths grew into Men, and the violence continued and escalated. Knowing something was amiss and unable to articulate what, these Men learned to lash out upon others of their kind. A tragic spiral of lateral violence continued unabated until they were all again incarcerated by the illegal squatter government.
Wanbli WiWohkpe went to prison for 1st Degree Manslaughter in 1986.
In the subsequent years, Wanbli WiWohkpe has seen those closest to him as a Youth perish. Most escaped their oppression via suicide. None lashed out at the Invader/Occupier in the terrible ways other oppressed Nations do. None went amongst the Invader and exploded. None took the Occupier with them to their death.
Instead, being from a beautiful People not familiar with domestication, a People not wishing to inflict damage upon their tormenters; not wishing anything from their tormenters but for the torment to cease, they imploded.
They imploded and they continue to implode. The Invasion/Occupation continues unchecked, and the Lakota Nation, especially the Lakota Male, remains pauperized.
Our Lives were stolen by the Occupier. Every thing the Invader has is stolen.
Every bite of food, every warm bed, every happy home, every scrap of power, every nuance of anything enjoyed by the Invader is taken directly from the Health of the Indigenous. The Invader’s prosperity is taken directly from the Hearth and Home of the Lakota Nation. A Hearth and Home now non-existent as the Lakota People wander their own Homeland as homeless.
As the fortunate give thanks for the blessings of God and their American Dream, the Lakota Nation, the less fortunate, continue to simply exist as pesky and useless vermin in the Occupier’s world.
Through Lakol Wicohan, the Friendly Lifeways of the Lakota Nation, Wanbli WiWohkpe began to see. He began to understand the difference between his Nation and the Occupier. He committed himself to Sundance and Vision Quest, and now after completing 4 years of Sundancing and a 4 day Vision Quest, Wanbli WiWohkpe has made a true Relative with the Siyotanka, the Ancient Lakota Flute.
Wanbli WiWohkpe believes the Siyotanka is part of Lakota Man Power, a component of our Being that has been kept from us. To label the Siyotanka as a “courting flute” and to play it as feebly as “Native American Flute” players do, keeps us emasculated as Indigenous Males.
Look around, most “Native American Flute” makers/players are not Indigenous, and those famed Indigenous flute players often play a non-Indigenously made flute.
The Invader/Occupier is literally chopping off a part of us, emasculating us; thereby rendering us impotent. Wanbli WiWohkpe has learned directly from the Winged and Four Legged just how to play the Siyotanka, how to regain Lakota Masculinity, and how to Heal.
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Wanbli WiWohkpe, he emaciapelo

South DaCola DVD club; Henry Miller

If you are a fan of his writing, I highly suggest your pickup the above DVD, Henry and June. The movie is about the time he spent in Paris with wife June and his affair with Anis Nin. Another great DVD is one I picked up at his library in Big Sur, originally released in 1996 by PBS called, Henry Miller is Not Dead. It is a documentary of several interviews with him, in which he basically rants about life. It has a Grey Gardens feeling about it. He reminds me of Picasso in some of things he says and does and his feelings about art. Henry was actually an amazing painter to.

 

 

Incident at Oglala: The Leonard Peltier Story

South Dakota ANSWER Film Showing

(If you have not seen this – GO! It is an incredible DOC)

“Incident at Oglala”
Tuesday, November 25 – 6PM

Black Sheep Coffee House
1007 W. 11th St.
Join us for the discussion afterward.

In 1975, armed FBI agents illegally entered the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.  Gunfire erupted – a Native American and two FBI agents fell dead.

After the largest manhunt in FBI history, three men were apprehended – only one, Leonard Peltier, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.  This is his story.
From the very beginning, Peltier’s case has been dogged with controversy.  Were the charges trumped up?  Was the evidence falsified?  Were witnesses pressured to change their testimony?  Many people, including some of today’s greatest legal minds, believe that Peltier is an innocent man.
Twelve years ago, Robert Redford visited Leonard Peltier in prison.  Today, after years of struggle with the FBI and the prison system, he and director Michael Apted are able to present Incident at Oglala – a riveting examination of the case and the real story of what may be one of the most outrageous abuses of justice in American history.

For more information:

www.SoDakAnswer.org

South DaCola Doc pick; Grey Gardens (1975)

One of my favorite doc’s of all time.

Think the pictures are whack? You should the real deal. IMDb’s review.

A remake is coming out soon.