Merchandise Love, Part 3

In advance of Indigenous People’s Day, here is the third excerpt from Yanomami shaman Davi Kopenawa’s chapter on “Merchandise Love” in his book, The Falling Sky. It explains how the Yanomami treat personal possessions, and how they think of...

Merchandise Love, Part 2

In this second installment of Chapter 19, “Merchandise Love,” from Yanomami shaman Davi Kopenawa’s book, “The Falling Sky,” we learn about the ancient words the Yanomami applied to Western trade goods when they first encountered...

Never Forget

As I remember the song most played at the funerals of those killed on 9/11, I’m thinking of the version by Paul Robeson, the great musician and activist for civil rights and economic justice.

Indigenous Wisdom: Aluna

This week is feeling like a turning point for me in terms how to respond, personally, to the world ecological crisis. Many people have noted that existing forms of activism and policy remedies are seeming incremental and insufficient, and that it would be easy to...
The Credit Card Eaters

The Credit Card Eaters

If I were an artist (or knew how to use Photoshop), I’d re-create Van Gogh’s famous painting of potato eaters with a plate of Visa and Mastercards in the middle of the table instead.  That’s the surreal and horrific image in my mind’s eye after...