Category: Native Americans

Cuba Libre! Being Stuck in a Timeloop

Went to Cuba for a couple of days. An interesting experience to say the least. Met both kindness and rudeness from the locals. Cuba has often been described as the great socialist experiment, especially by those not living the day-to-day life there. But, as…

Mayans in the Modern World: People With a Celebrated History Downtrodden in the Present

This is a love-and-hate story being played out in real life in the Yucutan Peninsula. On the one hand we have the indigenous Mayans of the Yucatán Peninsula who have a fascinating and world renown history of cities, pyramids, remarkable science achievements, writing, roads,…

New York, New York: The City of Immigrants on Stolen Land

Known in Lenape time as Manaháhtaan on a river called Muhheakantuck, part of the ancestral domain of the Lenape-speaking peoples that inhabited the Lenapehoking. Today this territory stretches from Virginia to New England and Manhattan now is a borough within New York City that…

Uppruni Íslendinga

Þann 31. maí 2018 var haldin áhugaverður fundur í fyrirlestrarsal Íslenskrar erfðagreiningar um uppruna Íslendinga og nýjar erfðafræðirannsóknir á því málefni. Jafnframt kom út í tímaritinu Science ritstýrð grein mannfræðinganna Sunnu Ebenesarsdóttur og Agnars Helgasonar ásamt Kára Stefánssyni, forstjóra Íslenskrar erfðagreiningar. Meginniðurstaða fundarins var…

A Way of Speaking: Identifying as Native American in Mexico

To speak or not to speak, that is the big question. It is a general understanding among Mexicans that to identify as Native American one must speak an indigenous language. Thus a native marker is not the colour of the skin, one’s ancestry, DNA…

Trump’s War Against Native Americans: Continuation of Genocidal Policies

In April 2018 US president Donald J. Trump announced his plan that Native Americans be reclassified as a race instead of sovereign nations. Native Health Care would thus be disbanded and Native Americans thrust to use Medicaid and it’s faulty system of providing health…

Toronto in Anishinaabeg

Although built on Native American land, few things in Toronto remind people of that past. With the intention of changing that fact, a project was started to rename some of Toronto’s street names to reflect that heritage. The project is run by Hayden King…

Awakening of the Genizaros: Slaves, Servants, Invisible People

Slaves were a highly sought after commodity in the new Spanish colony of New Mexico. The first slaves that tilled the farms of the Spanish farmers were Puebloans, Apaches, Navahos, Pawnees, Kiowas and Comanches. It is estimated that at the time of the Great…

Secrecy, Culture, History: The Pueblos Way to Survival

In New Mexico is a rich culture that blends together Anglo, Hispanic and Native American elements in a fascinating way. The area is rich in history where dramatic and often times tragic historic events, shape the modern day reality. Among the earliest accounts are…

Gender violence in Guatemala: ‘A woman’s struggle is everyone’s struggle’

Being a woman in Guatemala isn’t easy. The small central American country has one of the highest rates of femicide in the world, with at least two women murdered every day. Being an indigenous woman in Guatemala is even harder. In addition to the…

Aldrei meiri hætta steðjað að íbúum Amazon

Frans páfi segir frumbyggja á Amazon-svæðinu aldrei hafa verið í jafn mikilli hættu og nú á dögum. Hann krafðist þess að bundinn verði endi á rányrkju timburs, gulls og gastegunda á svæiðnu.  Fulltrúar um 400 frumbyggjaþjóða í Perú mættu á fund páfa í borginni…

Bill passes to give Six Virginia Native American tribes federal recognition

A very interesting article about a federal recognition for Native American groups in Virginia. WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate has sent a bill to the president’s desk that would give six Virginia Native American tribes federal recognition. U.S. Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner…

Pope Francis urges end to Chile’s Mapuche conflict

Pope Francis has used a public address in Chile to denounce violence and call for unity in one of the country’s longest-running conflicts. Speaking in southern Araucania region, the pontiff said “destructive violence” between the indigenous Mapuche people and the state was not the…

500 ára farsótt Asteka af völdum salmonellu

Mynd: EPA   Vísndamenn telja sig loks hafa fundið orsök þess að nærri öll Astekaþjóðin þurrkaðist út á einu strái. Faraldur sem hófst árið 1545 varð á endanum um 15 milljónum manna að bana á þeim fimm árum sem hann gekk yfir þjóðina.  …

Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas, Part 7

El Salvador El Salvador lies on the Pacific coast and is the smallest of the Central American countries. Most of the country rests on a fertile volcanic plateau. The development of coffee estates led to the slow but continuous dissolution of most of the…

Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas, Part 6

Honduras In the western corner of Honduras live the 51,000 strong Ch’orti’ Maya people, cousins of the Cholán Mayans in the Guatemalan lowlands who were responsible for many of the city states like Tikal that the Mayans are famous for. The once mighty Copán…

Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas, Part 5

Belize The indigenous people in Belize are concentrated mainly in the south and west of the country, in the Corozal, Cayo, Toledo and Orange Walk districts. They are mostly of two main groups. Various Maya groups and the Garifuna who are mostly African in origin but have taken on Cariban language…

Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas, Part 4

Guatemala The territory of modern Guatemala once formed the core of the Maya civilization of the highlands. Most of the country was conquered by the Spanish in the 16th century, becoming part of the vice royalty of New Spain. Guatemala attained independence in 1821 as part of the Federal…

Empowering the Oppressed – The Mayas, Part 3

Mexico (Chiapas) Inhabited mostly by a majority Maya populations of the closely related Tzotzil and Tzeltal ethnic groups in the highlands, the Chol of the forests in the north who inhabited the whole Usumacinta River valley in the Mayan Classic period, the Toholabal and…

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