Tom B.K. Goldtooth – Indigenous Environmental Justice | Bioneers

 

Native American global leader and Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network Tom Goldtooth shows that at the root of indigenous survival is gratitude for the generosity of Mother Earth and biodiversity. He contrasts this worldview with neo-colonial approaches such as genetic engineering, patenting of life, dirty energy extraction, and “Free Trade” that leads to exploitation, poverty, violence and international discord.

This speech was given at the 2001 Bioneers National Conference.

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Elder Hunger in Native America

“Combating Elder Hunger in Native America” is a short video that explores the issue of food security among Native American seniors. It was produced by First Nations Development Institute with generous support from AARP Foundation. The video was shot and edited by students and faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

The Native American lore “legend of Wendigo”

 

A Wendigo is a half-beast creature appearing in the legends of the Algonquian peoples along the Atlantic Coast and Great Lakes Region of both the United States and Canada. The creature or spirit could either possess characteristics of a human or a monster that had physically transformed from a person. It is particularly associated with cannibalism. The Algonquian believed those who indulged in eating human flesh were at particular risk; the legend appears to have reinforced the taboo against the practice of cannibalism. It is often described in Algonquian mythology as a balance of nature.

The legend lends its name to the disputed modern medical term Wendigo psychosis. This is supposed to be a Culture-bound syndrome that features symptoms such as an intense craving for human flesh and a fear the sufferer is a cannibal. This condition was alleged to have occurred among Algonquian native cultures, but remains disputed.

The Wendigo legend has inspired a number of derived characters commonly found in modern horror fiction.

source Wikipedia