INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY PROJECT
TRIBU SPIRIT INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
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"Upon suffering beyond suffering: the Red Nation shall rise again and it shall be a blessing for a sick world. A world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations. A world longing for light again. I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again. In that day, there will be those among the Lakota who will carry knowledge and understanding of unity among all living things and the young white ones will come to those of my people and ask for this wisdom. I salute the light within your eyes where the whole Universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am that place within me, we shall be one."
– Crazy Horse, Oglala Sioux Chief (This statement was taken from Crazy Horse as he sat smoking the Sacred Pipe with Sitting Bull for the last time, four days before he was assassinated.)
Indigenous tribes are among the world's most marginalized, impoverished and vulnerable people. Their traditional indigenous way of living, their ancestral knowledge, language and their habitat is under serious threat of extinction. Over centuries, the relationship between indigenous peoples and their environment has been eroded because of dispossession or forced removal from traditional lands and sacred sites. Land rights, land use and resource management remain critical issues for indigenous peoples around the world. Development projects, mining and forestry activities, and agricultural programs continue to displace indigenous peoples. Environmental damage has been substantial: flora and fauna species have become extinct or endangered, unique ecosystems have been destroyed, and rivers and other water catchments have been heavily polluted. Commercial plant varieties have replaced the many locally adapted varieties used in traditional farming systems, leading to an increase in industrialized farming methods. The fate of the land and its habitants are in the hands of unscrupulous companies that only seek to make a profit at any costs. This is happening right in front of our eyes while the fragile natural balance and the environment slowly dies. The link between culture and environment is clear among indigenous peoples. All indigenous peoples share a spiritual, cultural, social and economic relationship with their traditional lands. Traditional laws, customs and practices reflect both an attachment to land and a responsibility for preserving traditional lands for use by future generations. The physical and cultural survival of indigenous peoples is dependent upon the protection of their land and its resources.
"We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can't speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees." - Qwatsinas (Hereditary Chief Edward Moody), Nuxalk Nation
Languages are the storehouses of peoples’ intellectual heritages and frameworks for each society’s unique understanding of life are considered one of the major indicators of cultural diversity; yet given the rate of language extinction, cultural diversity is threatened on an unprecedented scale. In one century, the world has lost about 600 languages. Nearly 2,500 languages are in danger of immediate extinction; an even higher number are losing the “ecological contexts” that keep them “living” languages. At current rates, 90 per cent of languages will be lost in the 21st century; most of them are spoken by indigenous and traditional peoples. These languages, and their associated ecological knowledge, are being lost at a growing rate because of the expansion of markets, communications, and other aspects of globalization that promote dominant languages at the expense of native ones. These issues are of importance to us all, because whatever happens upon the sacred lands. Whatever happens to the tribes will affect life for us all as we are all one and interwoven in this web of life.
Health & Medicine
."Everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence." - Mourning Dove [Christine Quintasket] (1888-1936) Salish
“The Amazon Rainforest has long been a symbol of mystery and power, a sacred link between humans and nature. It is also the richest biological incubator on the planet. It supports millions of plant, animal and insect species - a virtual library of chemical invention. In these archives, drugs like quinine, muscle relaxants, steroids and cancer drugs are found. More importantly, are the new drugs still awaiting discovery - drugs for AIDS, cancer, diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer's. Many secrets and untold treasures await discovery with the medicinal plants used by shamans, healers and the indigenous people of the Rainforest Tribes. So alluring are the mysteries of indigenous medical knowledge that over 100 pharmaceutical companies and even the US government are currently funding projects studying the indigenous plant knowledge and the specific plants used by native shamans and healers. "
"Long regarded as hocus-pocus by science, indigenous people's empirical plant knowledge is now thought by many to be the Amazon's new gold. This untold wealth of the indigenous plants are the true wealth of the rainforest - not the trees. Rich in beneficial nutrients, phytochemicals and active constituents, the rainforest Indians and Indigenous People have used them for centuries for their survival, health and well-being. Yet extracting these secrets from the jungles is no easy task and sadly, this state of affairs may not last long enough into the future for man to unlock all their secrets. Tragically, rainforests once covered 14% of the earth's land surface; now they cover a mere 6%. In less than 50 years, more than half of the world's tropical rainforests have fallen victim to fire and the chain saw and the rate of destruction is still accelerating. Unbelievably, over 200,000 acres of rainforest are burned every day in the world. That is over 150 acres lost every minute of every day. Experts estimate that at the current rate of destruction, the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years. Experts also estimate that we are losing 130 species of plants, animals and insects every single day as they become extinct from the loss of rainforest land and habitats. How many possible cures to devastating diseases have we already lost? “Source taken from : rain-tree.com. If the forest and our sacred lands continue to disappear and erode along with it many animals, plants, and people will disappear. The impact and damage on the environment and our earth, will be and is irreversible. Our Earth will no longer be a place to live and flourish, Our sacred waters will erode and life will cease to exist causing extinction not only to our sacred tribes but to all life as we know it, including humanity.
"When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.
- Cree Prophecy -
Moral Issue and Responsibility
We live and feed the system that is causing all of this destruction and damage. Thus we must act, to stop and think, to change the way we live our lives. The choices we make have a direct impact on our environment.
We must act now to preserve human kind, the animal kingdom, our sacred lands and our mother earth. The ancient knowledge and wisdom of how to live in balance and harmony with our planet, our people and our environment.
"There will come a time when the earth is sick and the animals and plants begin to die. Then the Indians will regain their spirit and gather people of all nations, colors and beliefs to join together in the fight to save the Earth: The Rainbow Warriors." - Hopi Prophesy
What We Propose
“You have to look deeper, way below the anger, the hurt, the hate, the jealousy, the self-pity, way down deeper where the dreams lie, son. Find your dream. It's the pursuit of the dream that heals you.
- Billy Mills, Oglala Lakota (1938)
Tribu Spirit’s intention is to act as bridge between both worlds of modernity and tribal way of life. Establishing a healthy dynamic and equitative relationship. There are many resources that the modern world can provide to the indigenous communities, new technologies and resources can help to bring balance, heal their land and Communities. It may sound like a contradiction and ironic that the same system that has created the problem contains the answer to solve the problem. New technologies and new ways of thinking can help to stop the destruction, protect the communities, save the sacred lands and tribes to bring about the change that is needed so much in this so called modern world.
Our Work Will Focus In The Following Areas
1. Education -Indigenous Schools : We will be supporting educational projects to help the communities to preserve their language and their culture. Providing the children with teachers to learn to read and write. We will raise funds and acquire the resources needed to setup the indigenous schools for indigenous and non-indigenous people. Thus we will be promoting cohesion, and healthy relationships among the habitants of the land.
2. Education -Raising Awareness : Education must take place at all levels. Thus we believe that people in the modern world must be educated about the current issues that the communities are facing and the consequences. By education we are also helping the communities to preserves their knowledge. To pass it along to the rest of the world and bring about awareness.
3. Blog: We will keep a blog dedicated exclusively to the most pressing issues that the communities are facing thus helping to keep the flow of connection and communication. We will partner with documentary film makers, photographers, and artists to create inspiring visuals and arts pieces, exhibitions and fundraising events that will help raise awareness and preserve, promote and rescue the ancestral traditions, knowledge and wisdom. It is time we start making a change for our sacred lands and our sacred tribes.
4. We will promote and implement the use of new technologies, to help the communities address current issues they are having in their villages. e.g.: lack of clean water, no electricity, medical treatment,
Currently there are a huge number of clean and renewable energies that can used to help the communities improve their living conditions, heal their land and bring about development in an clean sustainable way. Thus, we will be partnering with specialists in academics, engineers, researchers, scientist and other sister organizations to take these technologies to the communities.
Tribu Spirit is not a messianic organization and we look to break from the patronizing approach that has characterized many western social projects. We strongly believe in supporting communities self-governance and self-determination. Thus, We will not impose or push our criteria onto the communities. It will be their choice and their voice communicating to us what they need. We are here to listen their needs and to work with them, shoulder to shoulder.
Sharing our Vision
We want to invite you to be part of and the TSICDP and initiative and family. We welcome designers, photographers, musicians, models, sales people, PR specialist, financial advisers, development workers, fundraisers, and anyone that shares our vision who has the time to dedicate to help us bring about our dream of fulfilling the Hopi prophesy of the Rainbow Warriors.
Tribu Spirit will be organizing retreats in the future to the indigenous communities so that our supporters and sympathizers can see with their own eyes the progress that is being made, meet the communities and learn from their ancient traditions.
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