7 comments on “A PREGNANT LAND

  1. Cheryl Robinson, Rays widow wrote to us at IndianCountryTV.com recently to tell us that several neighborhood groups where re-making farmland and gardens in Detroit, Michigan where rows of houses have fallen in disarray and farm fields from former blocks of houses were being harvested. — Myself, Winona LaDuke, Mark Trahant and hundreds of other Native people across the Americas are growing our own gardens and encouraging our relatives to grow corn, grow beans, grow squash, learn how to harvest a few things from the woods — turn to slow, rather than fast food. If you want to be Sovereign, learn how to feed yourself first.

  2. ” If you want to be Sovereign, learn how to feed yourself first.”

    This pretty much says it all-it is a critical first step in breaking the cycle
    of dependency-no nation is free when they rely on a second party to
    provide for them, it is s degenerative condition.
    Nothing should be held in “trust”, and while there may be few options
    if monetary settlements are to be made over land issues than to do so,
    but if that is to be the way of it then that money should be dedicated to
    agrarian efforts and infrastructure.
    I’ve read quite a bit about the Victory gardens of the WW2 era-they
    came to be due to shortages and a sense of national unity. Perhaps too
    people felt imperilled -I’d say the same set of circumstances exist among
    the nations-what seems to be lacking is a communal unity.
    It has to be about something more than cash settlements-it has to be
    about an understanding that generational dependency is a dead end
    that if perpetuated leads to dissolution.
    In all honesty I am at a loss to understand the cries for freedom on
    the one hand the and the individual tacit acceptance, the grinding
    monotony of this reliance-nobody can say breaking the bonds will be easy,
    but no one can say the preceding generations have been either-at least in
    doing so there will be a reward, failing to do so only insures more of the same.
    Heartening to hear of the involvement of others, likewise of those
    in the inner city-I’ve seen evidence of these things myself and know
    where people join together in such endeavours they are strengthened.
    Inertia and malaise are an enemy that abounds and must be
    overcome-static is just that, static, and is characterised by a lack of
    forward movement.
    Forward movement must be focussed with a clear goal in mind-goals
    that elevate and enrich an entire people rather than a few individuals
    who have already, and will continue to capitalize off of the disparities
    that exist in their personal pursuits of fame and fortune.
    It’s one thing to live above others as a celebrity or “spokesman”, and
    another to plow back in what has been garnered into raising others up-any
    who fail to do so are charlatans.
    I for one would rather have a tomato,squash, corn, or anything else
    I’ve grown than another jar of peanut butter, a box of powdered milk, or a
    handful of food stamps. While these things may be necessary in the interim
    they should not be viewed as as eternal- and every effort should be made to
    see that they aren’t.
    The nations are a sleeping giant that needs to be awakened to their
    potential-Sovereignty?-yeah, it begins with feeding yourself as you say-
    that and a general house cleaning- a hole was dug for us and we were placed
    in it, while there we’ve deepened it, now we need to begin climbing out of it.
    Those who have done so need to reach back to lift another up.

  3. Growing up in and out of farming and ranching communities I have seen the strength that comes from a close community. People sharing what they have to help each other, a friendly neighbor making food for a sick or Elderly person. There is a precious gift in this that forms a tight knit people resilient to the major struggles, and nearly oblivious to the minor ones.

    The children growing up on home grow foods are extremely healthy, hardly ever get sick, and learn so much about all aspects of the world around them.

    I recall when i went to live with my grandparents. My grandfather began to teach me about taking care of the cows. He not only shared with me the old knowledge passed down, but also gave me books on how grass grows, what is in it at what stages, and how it effects a cow when it eats.

    He also grew a small garden to help cut down on costs but also for the good nutrition in the food.

    Since that time I have left the farm, ate the supermarket foods, and now have made a nearly full circle back to the food grown from the farms.

    I watched my grandfather work two jobs, along with my grandmother working one. Then come home to work the farm and slowly but surely lose money.

    I heard him, and spoke with him, about how the taxes for small farms kept going up and up and up. Till even working 3 full time jobs a family couldn’t pay for the expenses.

    I have come to realize this isn’t true everywhere, but it is in many places.

    I have the best memories of my mother and grandmother cooking the food that we planted earlier that year, or what was canned the year before or even a few years before. There is no comparison to the warmth in your heart brought about by food grown, and food bought.

    There is a sacred connection to the land that cannot come from buying something, no matter how healthy.

    I have seen many places where a cook is developing a network of local farms and ranches so they get the best, freshest product.

    To me as a single man, there is no better chef than my own mother. She has a gift, and a love for providing what her family loves. That is one of her simple joys, and she takes great pride in it.

    I have thought about the small farmers and what we can do to help them provide for us the food that will be best for our bodies. It is my personal opinion that to do this, these mother chefs need to be appreciated for the gifts they give us at every meal. We as men need to recognize the hard work and the love and pride they bring to our table, and work to give them a place in the local community to go.

    I think it would benefit us all to push for tax breaks for the small farms. These neighbors that we can meet face to face and talk to about how they grow, what they use, and get back that connection to the land.

    Bringing to our homes and communities more financial security, as the money we make in the community will be returned to the community.

    Our children will not grow up thinking a hamburger is made in a supermarket, or that a cucumber is made in the back or the store.

    They will see first hand and take part in helping to grow the food that gives them that warmth in their hearts.

  4. Small farms have certainly been under pressure, the trend is for
    Corporate owned mega farms with “enhanced” production techniques
    like genetically modified organisms, chemical based fertilizers, and
    an emphasis placed on producing more crops faster and cheaper.
    GMOs-which by their very nature are sterile, not only reproductively
    but nutritionally as well, one might as well be eating styrofoam.
    There are huge health problems in Indian country, the majority of
    them diet related, and due in large part to dependency and poverty.
    The undeniable reality is that as human beings we are in trouble
    economically, spiritually, and physically-the balance we have long lived in
    and speak so much about has slipped away.
    Balance is an equanimity of mind, body, and spirit living non
    destructively upon the land and in our communities-poverty is disruptive
    of this, as is any form of substance abuse, the erosion of language
    and traditions, dependency, depression, moral decline, and the increasing
    disconnect from the land from which we sprang.
    We don’t have to be anything other than what and who we are, who we have
    been-it is enough, and has been for our entire history despite the relentless
    pressure to acculturate.
    I can think of no better way in this time and circumstance to assure
    the integrity of our identity than to reconnect with the land-we can no longer
    roam at will as hunter gatherers but we can surely achieve the independence
    of feeding ourselves and the mental and physical well being that will lead
    That leads us to what for many is the dreaded “F” word-farming. One
    way or another for each person to survive eating is a requirement-we can
    either farm the handouts and grocery stores to survive, or we can learn to
    feed ourselves and flourish-seems an easy choice to me, seems the right
    and responsible choice to make for the children of the nations.
    It is a road to the victory that has eluded us for so long-losing is
    a bad habit we need to break, and winning is more than a monetary court
    awarded settlement.
    It is a sad chronicle that many little ones probably begin life
    thinking that cucumbers do originate in stores, that it is the
    store and not the land that is pregnant and continually giving birth
    to sustain them.

  5. good video-thanks for the link-unfortunately the present
    Congress wants to literally take food out of people’s
    mouth and make janitors of school children.

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