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Super Summer Event!


FREE! EVERYONE INVITED! FREE!

5th Annual Cultural Survival Summer Bazaar
at Tiverton Four Corners, Rhode Island

Saturday & Sunday
August 6-7, 2005
10 a.m.-6 p.m.

3852 Main Rd. (The Meeting House)
Tiverton Four Corners, RI

We'll be there with Dine' (Navajo) Weavings, Freshly Sheared Churro Raw Wool, Carded Wool, Handspun Yarn,
Weaving Tools, and Jewelry

Brazilian Lace
Maasai Jewelry
Handblown Guatemalan Glass
African Carvings
Indian Textiles
Afghan and Tibetan Rugs
Batik Cloth from Bali
Delicious Tibetan & Kenyan Cuisine!

Performances by Wampanoag Nation Singers and Inca Wasi
And much more!

Rain or shine! Join us under the big tent!

This is a fundraising event to support Cultural Survival's work with indigenous peoples.

Directions:
Tiverton Four Corners is located within a one hour drive of Boston, Providence, Newport, and Cape Cod. FREE PARKING. For door to door driving directions try Mapquest.com.

Directions from Boston: (approx. 1 hr.)
Rt. 128 to Rt. 24 South. In Fall River follow the signs for Rt.195 West to return to Rt. 24 South. Exit 5 onto Rt. 77 South -- 6 miles to Tiverton Four Corners.

Directions from Cape Cod:
Take Rt. 195 West to Rt. 24 South. Exit 5 onto Rt. 77 South -- 6 miles to Tiverton Four Corners.

Directions From Providence:
Take Rt. 195 East to Rt. 24 South. Exit 5 onto Rt. 77 South -- 6 miles to Tiverton Four Corners.

Cultural Survival, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the leading U.S.-based international indigenous rights organization, founded in 1972 to promote the rights, voices, and visions of indigenous peoples.

Contact:
Agnes Portalewska
Cultural Survival
215 Prospect Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
email: agnes@cs.org
617-441-5410
www.cs.org


We are honored to announce the publication of an important and beautiful new book:
A New Plateau: Sustaining the Lands and Peoples of Canyon Country
"New Release! A refreshing look at 38 'modern pioneers' in the Four Corners region who have found ways to make a living while enriching their communities, economies and lands."
The first story in Section Two, Ranching, is "Sheep Is Life: Dine' Be'iina and the Black Mesa Weavers for Life and Land," by Gary Paul Nabhan, pages 52-55. Available in hardcover and softcover from Renewing the Countryside, Minneapolis, MN.

A New Plateau: Sustaining the Lands and Peoples of Canyon Country

Produced by The Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University in partnership with the Museum of Northern Arizona and Renewing the Countryside, Inc.




FROM THE BUFFALO...

January 13, 2005: From the Buffalo Field Campaign: "...yesterday we received a phone call from a supporter in Gardiner.  I remember Mike answering the phone, saying  to the caller "What is it? You don't sound too happy."  That's when we learned that a female buffalo was shot and killed by the National Park Service, inside Yellowstone National Park.    She was old.  She was alone.  She was perhaps preparing herself to die with dignity.  She left the confines of the Park, venturing to ancestral grounds.  Today this land "belongs" to the Church Universal and Triumphant; the Royal Teton Ranch.  This is the very land that citizens of this country paid $13 million for so that buffalo could have access to it.  That was in 1998.  Buffalo that even attempt to approach this land are gunned down or rounded up and sent to slaughter.  The Park Service said that this beautiful grandmother buffalo was a risk because she was female.  Sounds like a witch-hunt.  The Park Service was protecting the livestock interests, not the wildlife they are mandated to protect.  It was a Park Service agent who pulled the trigger and ended her life.

Read the press release we sent out yesterday: http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/media/press0405/pressrelease0405/011205.html

Right now it is snowing.  They say an arctic blast is coming, perhaps with a great amount of snow.  Temperatures could drop down to as low as minus 70 with the windchill.  Buffalo, they say, will turn and face into such a storm.  There is a lesson here.  We will be ready for whatever storm comes our way.

For the Buffalo,

~Stephany"


Our thanks to everyone who came to the

2004 Cultural Survival Winter Bazaar
and helped make it a success for all!!!

25 Years of Bringing Indigenous Cultures to Cambridge
Indigenous Artisan Bazaar featuring Fine Art, Jewelry, Native Crafts, Food, and Entertainment

Saturday, December 4, 10 am-7 pm
Sunday, December 5, 10 am-5 pm

Pound Hall on the Harvard campus (1563 Mass. Ave.), Cambridge, MA.

On Saturday, from 6 pm to 8 pm, there were performances by musicians from Ecuador, Kenya, and Siberia.

"The Cultural Survival Bazaar brings together the work of dozens of skilled artisans and craftspeople from around the world in one place. With each step you take, the sights, smells, and sounds will transport you to a time and place in another land. Our members and friends come back year after year for this colorful event," said Pia Maybury-Lewis, bazaar organizer and a co-founder of Cultural Survival with her husband and Harvard anthropologist, David Maybury-Lewis.

Over 50 vendors offered their wares for sale. A percentage of the proceeds of each sale will support Cultural Survival's work with indigenous cultures worldwide.

BLACK MESA WEAVERS FOR LIFE AND LAND WAS THERE WITH WEAVINGS, STERLING SILVER JEWELRY, HANDMADE WEAVING TOOLS, CHURRO WOOL, HANDSPUN YARN, AND MORE..


There was an exhibit--with a sampling of new weavings, jewelry, and updates about our work-- in the windows of the Cambridge Trust Company, Harvard Square, Nov. 6-Nov. 19, 2004.


Ahe'hee'--Many thanks to everyone who came to the Cultural Survival Summer Bazaar in Tiverton Four Corners, RI,July 31-August 1, 2004, and helped make it a successful event for everyone!

We were there with weavings, handspun Navajo-Churro weaving yarn, freshly sheared churro wool, handmade weaving tools, jewelry, and more... http://www.cs.org/about/csnews/bazaar.cfm


Write to: Black Mesa Weavers for Life and Land
P.O. Box 543
Newton, MA 02456
or email : carol@migrations.com to place an order, or for more information.Or call toll-free 866-4-CHURRO (866-424-8776) Boston / east coast time 10 am. to 8 p.m.



Many thanks to everyone who visited us at the
SHEEP SHEARING FESTIVAL
GORE PLACE
52 Gore Street
Waltham, MA

SATURDAY, APRIL 24
10 am - 4 pm

where we were selling Navajo-Churro fleece, handspun yarn, weavings, and more at the Gore Place 17th Annual Sheep Shearing Festival
in the Fiber Tent


FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM, BROCKTON, MA
Weavings, handspun yarn, pottery, and books from the Black Mesa Dine' were on exhibit and for sale at the Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA
December 21, 2003--March 21, 2004.

"Changing Hands" Exhibit

A unique exhibition, "Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation, 1: Contemporary Native American Art of the Southwest," opened at the Fuller Museum of Art in Brockton, MA, January 17, 2004, and was on exhibit through March 21, 2004, showing the work of nearly 90 artists in a variety of media.

For more information, see http://www.fullermuseum.org

The Fuller Craft Museum
455 Oak Street
Brockton, MA 02301
508-588-6000
508-587-6191 (fax)

FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM FAMILY DAY
NATIVE AMERICAN ARTS TODAY!
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2004
Noon - 5 PM

Brockton, MA
­ Children and adults of all ages were invited to the Fuller Craft Museum on February 22nd for an educational and entertaining Family Day titled "Native American Arts Today!" Family Day, sponsored by The Community Bank, offered art activities, exhibition tours, and entertainment all geared towards families. Activities were on-going throughout the day.

The Fuller Museum of Art is located at 455 Oak Street in Brockton, MA. Museum hours are Tuesday-Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Fuller Museum of Art is the only museum in New England dedicated to contemporary craft, works in glass, metal, wood, ceramic and fiber.


Thanks to everyone who came... despite the snowstorm!

CULTURAL SURVIVAL WINTER BAZAAR
DECEMBER 6-7, 2003

At the Pound Law School Building, 1563 Massachusetts Ave.
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Indigenous arts and crafts, good people, and good food from around the world and Cultural Survival Special Projects, including Black Mesa Weavers for Life and Land
Since 1972, Cultural Survival, Inc., has been promoting the rights, voices, and visions of indigenous peoples and their ecosystems worldwide
see
http://www.cs.org



NEWS--JUNE, JULY & AUGUST 2003

SECOND ANNUAL CHURRO WOOL & MOHAIR BUY, JUNE 20-21, 2003


photo ©2003 Gallup Independent


MIT STUDENTS SET UP COMPUTER LAB AT HARDROCK


photo ©2003 C.S. Halberstadt


TO NIZHONI ANI RESOLUTION TO END N-AQUIFER PUMPING PASSED BY NAVAJO NATION COUNCIL, JULY 25, 2003

Photo © 2003 From the Navajo Times, July 24, 2003



BLACK MESA WEAVERS FOR LIFE & LAND EXHIBIT AT NEWTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, NEWTON, MA, AUGUST 2003

On April 26, we were at the
Connecticut Sheep Breeders Association Spring Sheep & Fiber Festival
Tolland Agricultural Center
24 Hyde Ave., Route 30
Vernon, CT
Tel: 860-928-0397 / email: info@ctsheep.org

On December 7-8, 2002, we were at the Cultural Survival Winter Bazaar at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA

On Thursday, November 21, at 7 pm, we gave a presentation at MIT:
Where Does Nature Begin? Navajo Culture and Ecology in the Balance.

On Thursday, November 14, 2002, at 7 pm, the MIT Western Hemisphere Project screened "Broken Rainbow," an Academy-Award winning full-length documentary about the history and trauma of relocations of traditional Dine' from Black Mesa.



On September 20-22, 2002, we were at the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC) 25th anniversary conference at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, with wool and weavings.

On August 10-11, 2002, we were at the Cultural Survival Summer Bazaar at the Meeting House in Tiverton Four Corners, RI, with weavings and wool. Saturday night, "Windhorses" was shown--a powerful film about Tibet under Chinese rule.

On June 28-29, 2002, we held our first big wool buy at Hardrock on Black Mesa in Arizona. Photos and a story have been posted on our Wool Buy page


We are honored to announce the publication of a new book, written and illustrated by Verna Clinton, Dine' (Navajo) artist, writer, educator, and a founding member of Black Mesa Weavers for Life and Land, from the Star Mountain community.

"Ashkii's Journey" is available through Salina Bookshelf in Flagstaff, AZ, along with other of her fine works.


PHOTOS FROM OUR SPECIAL EVENT! MAY 17, 18 & 19, 2002
CULTURAL SURVIVAL 30th ANNIVERSARY BAZAAR
Harvard Yard, Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Demonstrations of traditional Dine' (Navajo) arts and culture and wonderful weavings and jewelry for sale from Black Mesa Weavers for Life and Land.



Tree of Life



Nonprofit Enterprise:
Black Mesa Weavers for Life and Land
Welcome Page 
Black Mesa Navajo Weavings for Sale
Black Mesa Navajo Wool for Sale
HerbsWerk™ by Marykatherine, Dine' (Navajo) herbalist, Big Mountain, Arizona


FOR THE YELLOWSTONE BUFFALO--Here's a link to the Buffalo Field Campaign


Migrations deals in new and old Native American (American Indian) and Inuit (Eskimo) art and crafts, and in other antiques and collectibles from the indigenous arts of the Americas.

Necklace & earring sets by Bessie Henry & Andrew Henry, Dine' (Navajo) artists

A wide variety of old and new American Indian & Inuit art:



"Some people say, 'the poor U'wa. We have to help them,' but the fight is not for the poor U'wa, it is for life," he said.

(Robert Cobario, U'wa leader, speaking about his people's resistance to oil drilling by California-based Occidental Petroleum Corportation on their ancestral homeland in the rainforest of Colombia, Washington Times, Friday, July 7, 2000.)


"MONARCH MASSACRE"

"Millions of monarch butterflies in Mexico are reported to have been killed by pesticides as they began their annual migration to the north. Environmentalists alleged that 22 million of the orange and black butterflies were deliberately sprayed by loggers in an effort to regain the protected forests where the monarchs seek warmer temperatures during the winter months. The butterflies have arrived in the forests of Mexico's central Michoacan state in early November for at least 10,000 years. They leave at the end of March to make the 3,000 mile return trip north to lay their eggs. Homero Aridjis, head of the environmental lobby Group of 100, said, 'Now we don't know how many butterflies will come back this autumn'" (--The Boston Globe, Tuesday, March 20, 2001, on the vernal equinox).

"The Butterfly"

The last, the very last,
So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow.
Perhaps if the sun's tears would sing
against a white stone. . . .

Such, such a yellow
Is carried lightly 'way up high.
It went away I'm sure because it wished to
kiss the world good-bye.

For seven weeks I've lived in here,
Penned up inside this ghetto.
But I have found what I love here.
The dandelions call to me
And the white chestnut branches in the court.
Only I never saw another butterfly.

That butterfly was the last one.
Butterflies don't live in here,
in the ghetto.

--Pavel Friedman 4.6.1942
_________________________________________________________________________________
This poem is preserved in typewritten copy on thin copy paper in the collection of poetry by the poet, which was donated to the State Jewish Museum during its documentation campaign. Pavel Friedman was born on January 7, 1921, in Prague and deported to Terezin on April 26, 1942. He died in Auschwitz on September 29, 1944.
__________________
I Never Saw Another Butterfly
I never saw another butterfly. Children's Drawings and Poems from Terezin Concentration Camp, 1942-1944. Edited by Hana Volavkova; revised and expanded by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. New York: Schocken Books, Inc., 1993.




Site of the Sundance at Big Mountain, after being bulldozed
by the Hopi Tribal Council police, Friday, August 18, 2001.

Bulldozing Big Mountain

The tread like a tank,
the broken tree,
the crushed home.

The butterflies have fled,
as they flee
every ghetto.

But where life sings
they will be,
and the mountain lives.

(© August 19, 2001 Carol Snyder Halberstadt)

"Some people say, 'the poor U'wa. We have to help them,' but the fight is not for the poor U'wa, it is for life..."

NEW DINE' [NAVAJO] WEAVINGS FROM BLACK MESA

A NONPROFIT ENTERPRISE
FAIR TRADING FROM THE SOURCE


HAY RUNS FEED SHEEP THROUGH WINTER

These and many more...


2002 SHEARING! CHURRO WOOL FLEECE & MOHAIR FROM BLACK MESA FOR SALE



1974--2004--DINE' (NAVAJO PEOPLE) STRUGGLE FOR CULTURAL SURVIVAL ON BLACK MESA
Black Mesa, a 5,000-square mile region in northeastern Arizona, is sacred to both the Dine' (Navajo) and Hopi people. In 1974, the U.S. Congress passed a law dividing this region, which had been shared by the Dine' and Hopi for hundreds of years, into Hopi Partitioned Land (HPL) and Navajo Partitioned Land (NPL). About 17,000 Dine' and 100 Hopi found themselves on the "wrong" side of the fence that partitioned the region between the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe. The subsequent relocation by the government of about 14,000 Dine' from their ancestral homes has been called the Second Long Walk. In 1996, Congress passed another law, an Accommodation Agreement, to make it possible for the remaining approximately 2,000 Dine' to continue to live on Hopi Partitioned Land (HPL). Since February 2000--the date set for the final expulsion of all nonsigners of this 1996 Accommodation Agreement--there have been some positive changes and hopeful developments:

--There have been no expulsions of nonsigners, and the Department of Justice has indicated that it has no intention of beginning any further eviction proceedings.

--The grassroots coalitions of Dine' and Hopi activists (the Hopi-founded Black Mesa Trust), along with the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) as well as the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe, and including Peabody Coal, have all agreed that continued use of the N-Aquifer (the only source of drinking water for the entire region) to move coal from Black Mesa to the Mohave Generating Plant in Laughlin, Nevada, should cease. Alternative ways to move the coal are actively being sought. It is my hope that--in this arid and often drought-stricken region--this will not mean the use of other water resources such as Lake Powell or the Colorado River.

Other positive developments include the possible shutdown of the Mohave plant itself by 2005.

--The 2,000 or more Dine' still living in their ancestral homes on Black Mesa are working toward self-empowerment, renewed community ties, a stronger economy, and the healing of the traumas of relocation.

To the Dine' and Hopi both, Black Mesa is sacred. In this 5,400 square-mile region, they had been living side by side for several hundred years and basically at peace until it was discovered in the 1950s that Black Mesa contained the largest low-sulfur coal deposit in the United States. Since then, with the false pretense of a "Navajo-Hopi land dispute," there was unrelenting pressure under the guise of "law" to strip them of their homes, their rights, and their religious freedom. Black Mesa is still being stripmined by Peabody Coal, and the irreplaceable drinking water aquifer under the mesa--the only source of water for both the Hopi and Dine'--is still being drained by a slurry line to transport the coal 274 miles to the Mohave Generating plant in Nevada. The water table is still dropping... and there are recent reports of possibly irreversible damage in the form of sinkholes that may indicate the irreversible collapse of parts of the aquifer. There are also recent good developments and signs of change for the better and your continued support is crucial in keeping this process going.

Nine thousand Dine' people endured the Long Walk in 1864, forced from their homes by the U.S. government to imprisonment in an internment camp 300 miles to the east; only about three thousand returned to their homeland in 1868. The Cherokee, Choctaw, and Seminole nations walked a Trail of Tears in 1838 when forcibly removed from their homeland. Tens of thousands of indigenous people have died in forced "relocations" and environmental desecration that drove them from their homes.

Black Mesa Weavers for Live and Land is working with the Dine' people living on Black Mesa toward continued cooperation with the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe to ensure their cultural and economic survival through sustainable development and the healing of fractured communities on both HPL and NPL.

There is still time to save the ecosystem and help the people who live in this land to live in peace. We are starting to see the fruits of everyone's labors and there is genuine hope for the future.

 


"Washington seems to be very immature. They believe in lies. They have no pity and cannot see us. We go around wiping our tears because of what they do. Because they do not see us..." (Dine' elder speaking about government policy forcing her from her home, in the documentary film "Broken Rainbow," which won an Academy Award for best documentary feature in 1985; a film by Maria Florio and Victoria Mudd.

Dine' home destroyed on Black Mesa. The freeze on home repairs and new construction, in effect since 1974, was lifted only in 1996, with the passing of the Accommodation Agreement.


For 25 years (1974-1996), people were not allowed to repair their homes. Here are two hogans, which are both daily dwelling places and sacred spaces, with plastic on their roofs, June 1999.



Black Mesa

In the month of clear days
and falling leaves
far from Black Mesa
I watch the sun coming down on trees
and am safe.

Where grandmothers are afraid
there is no peace.
I am warm
and cold covers them.
Their songs are not heard.

They will gather the earth to themselves
like a garment
and its strength will clothe them
though it wears away.

Sh'ma--
the mother is singing
the smallest seedling speaks
the sun is setting--
Hear.

The word "Sh'ma" means "Mother" in Dine' bizhaad (Navajo) and "hear" or "listen" in Hebrew.
(©10/23//98 Carol Snyder Halberstadt)



Five of a Dine' delegation to the United Nations in 1998, visiting the National Museum of the American Indian, New York City, November 1998.




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Sales on many items--Save 10-25%

New items in jewelry, pottery, weavings, baskets

See necklace & earring sets by Bessie Henry & silverwork by Andrew Henry, Dine' (Navajo) artists

See fine basketry & beadwork by Jo Lynn Parks, Assateague artist, at DreamWeaver Creations


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Write to: Migrations, P.O. Box 543, Newton, MA 02456

or email to: carol@migrations.com to place an order, request photos, or for more information.

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