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Time Shift: Justice and Healing
To resolve the trauma of 500 years of colonization, the Indigenous Peoples of America have been campaigning to assert their human rights since the first pan-nation gathering in 2000. Columbus’ “discovery” may have good currency in the west but few people are aware that this “possession” was based on a religious doctrine now known in history as the Doctrine of Discovery. Five centuries later, the United States government still uses this archaic Judeo-Christian doctrine to deny the rights of Native American Indians, having even enshrined it into law in 1823.
Recent Summits of Indigenous Peoples have sought to redress the balance and establish better rights. They have attempted to declare the America land mass ‘Abya Yala’ meaning “Land that has reached its fullness of maturity” and adopted seven global currencies in an attempt to create Life Sustaining Systems of Exchange and Reciprocity. These include ‘The Breath of Life’ representing the air, winds and atmosphere; ‘The Sustainers of Life’ being agriculture; ‘The Givers of Life’ such as the Sacred Species of buffalo, deer, salmon and eagle. They have met with resistance however and the United Nations had to postpone the Indigenous Rights Declaration after formal objections by the USA, Australia and others. Shortly before the latest summit, held in March 2007 at Iximulew, Guatemala, President Bush made a mysterious visit to Iximulew, causing shamans, priests and elders of the Maya Nation to carry out a ceremonial cleansing. The struggle continues.
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