Totems in one form or another have existed for as long as humankind has and seen to be embedded with spiritual properties.
Modern day examples are statues of saints, rosaries, prayer beads, prayer wheels, even attire and multicolored hair, body piercings, tattoos, plus a host of other objects.
Totems have also served as a representation of territory and clan or tribal affiliation, something like a survey marker delineating boundaries.
Our nations have always viewed the earth as both a mother and grandmother, the ultimate giver of life, but she too is becoming the object of an ongoing sterilization effort much the same as women in our communities and others have been.
That effort is the result of man made climate change – not everyone respects the earth or the reality of climate change as amply evidenced by litter, toxic dumping, oil spills, denial, pollutants, and above all else…..an unbridled and gluttonous greed.
Historically the nations have considered women as life givers, as such a sacred aspect was attributed to them and children.
With the ongoing assimilation and patriarchal influences that have taken place our women fell on hard times for a period, in raising their voices though that’s changing and that is a good thing.
I believe a behavioral linkage exists between climate change and of relegating women to the status of second class citizens and even chattel as both are about dominance.
People may not have an interest in any of these things but I believe it would go a long way in addressing a variety of issues if they in the least became a living totem of what they believe, what they respect in a positive way, and in doing so define a territorial imperative of what is acceptable and what isn’t.
The below link was sent to me by a grandmother who I respect and worth taking a look at and considering the message.