Native People’s spirituality and the Marketplace

Do you think you are “Indian at heart” or were an Indian in a past life? Do you admire native ways and want to incorporate them into your life and do your own version of a sweat lodge or a vision quest? Have you seen ads, books, and websites that offer to train you to be come a shaman in an easy number of steps, a few days on the weekend, or for a fee? Have you really thought this all the way through?

The following pamphlet can only serve as an introduction to the multi-faceted relationship between colonizer and colonized. It is addressed primarily to the so called “New Age” movement. There is nothing “healing” in stealing from an already dispossessed people and nothing “New” in finding new means and justifications to do so. If there is to be a “New Age” it will be without Empires, Colonies, and Markets which have done so much to destroy authentic human culture and spirit.

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One response to “Native People’s spirituality and the Marketplace

  1. Yes, I totally agree. Both the behaviour of economic extremists and the laws they use need to be changed. For example, if you make something that has been purposely designed to break so someone cannot use it as a reliable tool, but you choose to make money, either by making them repurchase it or by preventing innovative competition by the people/the public, you should try to give all of that back. You must also be charged if you are a corporation, or company, under a new law under the criminal act which would remove all intellectual property rights for up to 10 years. In the meantime, with no money and no way to compete, people can do more of what they want to do. Rip up pavement and start healing the soil!! Releasing the springs! Just everyone, including you, stop doing a few things that would be better not done, and try to do something for the plants. If you can do a lot, good; but make it healthy (without chemicals) and try do use whatever you produce without resorting to processing outside the tribal kitchen network. I also think houses are way too big sometimes, like some replies. Maybe should tear them all down and build cabins to expand the reserves. The guys could work in the office buildings at tending plants. Baby steps.

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