19 thoughts on “Prelude to our 1st Indigenous Peoples Day”

  1. above video published online by Romi M. Panlilio who wrote the following:

    Antonín Leopold Dvořák (1841 — 1904) was a Czech composer of late Romantic music, who employed the idioms of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia. After moving to America in 1892, Dvorak spent his summer vacation in the small town of Spillville, Iowa in 1893, because of it’s mainly Czech population. Dvorak’s greatest musical success was achieved by the world premier of his New World Symphony in Carnegie Hall on December 3, 1893.
    The Symphony No. 9 in E Minor “From the New World”, Op. 95, B. 178 (Czech: Symfonie č. 9 e moll „Z nového světa”), popularly known as the New World Symphony, was composed by Antonín Dvořák in 1893 during his visit to the United States from 1892 to 1895. It is by far his most popular symphony, and one of the most popular in the modern repertoire.

  2. oh yeah, tomorrow’s also observed federally as columbus day; however, there seemed to be some question as to who really were the first homo sapiens to step on these shores such as the vikings, the italians and asundry others.

    for example this from worldatlas:

    Christopher Columbus and Leif Eriksson are the most credible candidates to have been the first people to sail and land in the Americas, there are other myths that pose contenders to that title. 
    Most of these stories are unsubstantiated and likely created to bolster the mythology around a monarchy or a religious figure, one of the more entertaining of the tales is an Irish myth of St. Brendan and his seach for the Garden of Eden. Upon hearing stories of Paradise from St. Barinthian, St. Brendan meditated and prayed for 40 days until he was granted direction to the island. St. Brendan voyaged to the lush halcyon and stayed also for 40 days, whereupon he was directed by a higher power to return to Ireland. 
    Cartographers and explorers, including Columbus and the Vikings, noted St. Brendan’s tale and endeavored to find the mythical island. When they could not, it was theorized that the island may have in fact been North America and that St. Brendan was in fact, the first European to set foot on its shores.


    and this:

    Mystery Of The Yaghan People: The First True Discoverers Of America? – Ancient Pages


    or from historyplex this:

    Most expeditions prior to the times of Christopher Columbus were not documented properly. The absence of any runic inscriptions in North America raises doubts about claims of Norse explorers. However, it is said that these explorers merely recounted their voyages and were not used to documenting them.
    As per some records, Chinese Admiral Zheng was the first to discover America. However, these claims are not taken into consideration because none of Admiral Zheng’s voyages went beyond the Indian Ocean.
    The records of Asian explorers reaching the shores of North America in 499 BC have been found in documents dated 629 AD. A Buddhist monk from China named Hai-Shen is said to have reached North America. Hai-Shen reached a fabled land of Fu-Sang upon traveling to the east. Interestingly, the land of Fu-Sang described by Hai-Shen greatly resembles North America. Although not a concrete evidence, these records are an opportunity for exploration for historians who are looking for the true discoverer.
    There are few other discoveries which support the claim that Asians reached America before Columbus. For example, Japanese swords were found in Alaska and Chinese coins were recovered from British Columbia.

  3. This is the flag for the indigenous people of Northern Europe, in particular several branches in my family tree the Sami. These are the people living above the Arctic Circle, traditionally they were reindeer herders.  My DNA shows Native American, as does others who do not live in the Americas.  It can be confusing as I have an ancestor whose nickname is “the Indian”. 

  4. i liked the wiki description of the flag’s meanings, in particular the

    Children of the Sun

    The motif was chosen with the poem “Päiven Pārne'” (“Sons of the Sun”) in mind. The poem was written down by the South Sámi Protestant priest Anders Fjellner (1795-1876), from a joik heavy in elements from Sámi mythology. The poem describes the Sámi as “sons and daughters of the sun”, through the union between a female “giant” (an unidentified mythological entity) who lives in a “House of Death” far in the North, and the Sun’s male offspring with whom she elopes. The Sámi are also referred to as “offspring of the Sons of the Sun” in the Sámi national anthem.

  5. in today’s guardian

    Yurok people see victory in decades-long effort to revive language | Indigenous peoples | The Guardian

    Skip Lowry interacts with nature much like his Yurok ancestors did – in the Indigenous Yurok language. There’s the original name for a purple flower, low-slung Yurok homes and sweet huckleberries. “Our worldview is harbored within the language,” said Lowry. He has been working for years to master the language and now works as a California state parks interpreter, guiding visitors through the Indigenous history of a state park on the foggy northern California coast.
    Yurok members have always referred to the state park where Lowry works – a craggy point north of Eureka – as Sue-meg, but for around 150 years the region was known as Patrick’s Point and the park, established in 1929, kept the name. Patrick refers to Patrick Beegan, an Irish settler who built a cabin on the peninsula in 1851 and fled the area after his arrest on charges of killing a Yurok boy. He later resurfaced in the historical record for instigating an attempted massacre of Indigenous people in the region.
    “It hurt my feelings to have to say Sue-meg village within Patrick’s Point state park,” said Lowry, referring to a collection of recreated Yurok structures in the park. “It’s painful for someone who knows how much more this place is than just an old homestead.”
    As of last week, Lowry won’t have to. A commission of the California state parks unanimously voted to change the name, marking one of the most significant Indigenous name restorations in the American west and earning comparisons to the 2015 restoration of Alaska’s Denali mountain – the highest peak in North America. Not only is the name restoration the first in a statewide effort to address discriminatory names, it is also the product of decades of arduous work by Yurok Tribe members in reclaiming and rejuvenating their language – a tongue brought to the edge of destruction by genocide and forced boarding schools.

    Yurok members have always referred to the craggy point north of Eureka as Sue-meg, but for around 150 years the region was known as Patrick’s Point. Photograph: Melissa Kopka/Alamy
    Yurok members have always referred to the craggy point north of Eureka – as Sue-meg, but for around 150 years the region was known as Patrick’s Point.

    The newly renamed Sue-meg state park. Photograph: Bill Gozansky/Alamy

    trees and coast

  7. patd – above the Arctic Circle it is without sunshine for months of the year.  And during the summer solistace the sun never sets, Midnight Sun.
    This is for the northern Europeans indigenous people.  They were treated just as badly as Native Americans were.  With the creation of the Sami Council Norway, Sweden and Finland gave official recognition of the people and an end to the forced schooling and language usage.  Now the Sami language is being taught again.  A sign of the times is the big economy is tourism.  People like to see the “costumes” or what used to be everyday wear.  And, the reindeer.  Visiting my cousins is on my list of things I would like to do, but may never make it.

  8. Ive got a lot of Northern European and British Isles indigenous blood I’m guessing. Go back far enough and we probably all would find our “root” forebears were indigenous to somewhere, right?  I blame Sargon the Great for this whole mess. 

  9. roh-roh.  Magic disappearing comment happened.  It was here and then it was gone. 
    It was about the night of many months followed by the sun of many months, Midnight Sun. How my cousins live in early days and now.  And, me talking about wanting to visit my cousins in Finland, Lapland area.

  10. Cockamamie idea to address global warming- turn elephants into wooly mammoths to eat and trample grass and other vegetation to slow down the melting of permafrost. 

    A new company called Colossal Laboratories & Biosciences recently announced plans to “de-extinct” woolly mammoths through genetic recombination with Asian elephants. Part of the rationale for this kooky experiment is to address climate change. Permafrost — frozen soil rich in organic carbon — is melting in the north, releasing carbon into the atmosphere and threatening to liberate up to twice as much carbon as is already present. Colossal says it wants to halt that process by unleashing beasts to uproot trees and stomp down grass to expose more permafrost to the cold Arctic air.

    I dunno, what could possibly go wrong?

  11. As it happens, I have been watching a movie “The Nightingale” about British in Van Diemen’s Land (now the state of Tasmania).  

    Needless to say the British don’t look all that good in their treatment of either convicts or aboriginal people.   Excellent film with several Australian actors.


  12. If you’re like me, and wonder why the British still tolerate the monarchy, “Cromwell” starting Richard Harris, and “Charles II, the Power and the Passion” starring Rufus Sewell are available on streaming services, they help demonstrate why, do recommend👍

  13. in today’s wapo the origin of columbus day:

    The first national Columbus Day grew out of a backdrop of violence. In March 1891, a jury in New Orleans acquitted six Italian immigrants charged with the murder of the local police chief. Rumors spread that jurors had been bribed by powerful Italian families coming to be known as the Mafia.
    The next morning, thousands of people — many of them leading citizens of the Crescent City — descended on Orleans Parish Prison, where the six Italian defendants and 13 other Italian suspects were being held.
    “ ‘Bring ‘em out, we’ll kill ‘em,’ came the cry from a thousand throats,” the New Orleans Times-Democrat reported. A group of armed men broke into the prison and shot nine of the defendants dead, one falling with 42 bullets in his body, the paper said. The mob took two others to the city square, when one man was hanged on a lamp post and another on a tree.
    The article ran under the headline “Avenged.” At a time of widespread discrimination against Italian immigrants, many news reports followed the theme that the killings were justified. The Associated Press said of the killers: “It was not an unruly midnight mob. It was simply a sullen determined body of citizens who took into their own hands what justice had ignominiously failed to do.”
    The New York Times wrote that “while every good citizen” would agree that “this affair is to be deplored, it would be difficult to find any individual who would confess that privately he deplores it very much.” U.S. Civil Service Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, in a letter to his sister, said of the revengeful violence, “Personally, I think it a rather good thing.”
    But Italian Americans and leaders of the kingdom of Italy were outraged. Italy broke off diplomatic relations and recalled its ambassador from Washington. The Harrison administration in turn removed the U.S. legation from Rome. There was even talk of war.
    Harrison remained silent on the matter until his December message to Congress, when he called the murders “a most deplorable and discreditable incident” and an “offense against law and humanity.” The next April, he agreed to Italy’s demands to pay an indemnity to survivors of three victims who were citizens of Italy.
    Secretary of State James Blaine, in a telegram to Italian officials about “the lamentable massacre at New Orleans,” said that at the president’s instruction, the U.S. government would pay a total indemnity of $25,000 — equal to about $760,000 today.
    Italy accepted the offer, but Harrison’s action drew criticism. “Peace at Any Price. Uncle Sam Humbles Itself Before Italy,” declared a headline in the Los Angeles Herald. Some lawmakers argued that Harrison exceeded his executive power by acting without Congress’s approval.
    With a looming election rematch against former president Grover Cleveland, whom Harrison had defeated in 1888, politics was naturally on the president’s mind. One factor in Harrison’s action was “the approaching Presidential election and the necessity the President feels under of repairing his political fences in every direction,” the Brooklyn Citizen wrote. “He does not want to have the Italian vote massed against him.”
    Diplomatic relations with Italy resumed, but the Italians were still upset that the United States didn’t prosecute the murderers.
    The calendar provided an opportunity to further placate the Italians. Many communities already were planning to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus’s arrival in the New World.
    A New York minister, Francis Bellamy, met with Harrison to urge a national holiday to promote patriotism among American schoolchildren. Bellamy, a self-described Christian socialist, had written “The Pledge of Allegiance” for the occasion.
    With Harrison’s support, Congress passed a resolution calling for a one-time holiday for Americans to celebrate Columbus on Oct. 21 “by public demonstration and by suitable exercises in their schools and other places of assembly.” Harrison issued his proclamation on July 21, urging efforts to “impress upon our youth the patriotic duties of American citizenship.”
    Celebrations took place across the country. The biggest was in New York City on Oct. 12, the date that Columbus had first made landfall in the Western Hemisphere when he arrived in the Bahamas. More than 1 million spectators cheered a parade featuring 40,000 marching military men in uniform, the New York World reported. The New York Times called the turnout “the greatest crowd New York ever held.”
    An army of 1,000 Native Americans brought up the rear of the parade, the New York Times said. They were on foot and wore the “every-day stage style of Indian costume with red blankets, painted faces and feathered head gear.”
    The next day, a crowd gathered for the unveiling of a 14-foot statue of Columbus atop a 27.5-foot granite column. The statue at Columbus Circle still stands.
    Columbus Day became a permanent national holiday in 1934 when Congress, after lobbying by the Knights of Columbus, authorized President Franklin D. Roosevelt to declare Oct. 12 as the designated date. In 1971, Columbus Day was made a federal holiday on the second Monday in October.

  14. Im all for holidays, Columbo can stay for them of that persuasion, and now they got Sitting Bull, Cochise, and the last of the Algonquins Day.

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