|my first powwow in Wisconsin|
“You must know where you came from yesterday, know where you are today, to know where you’re going tomorrow.” – Cree saying
Trace Lara Hentz (formerly DeMeyer), Winyan Ohmanisa Waste La Ke, lives at the foothills of the Berkshires in western Massachusetts on Pocumtuck Land with her soulmate HEH.
Trace grew up in "Wēskōhsaeh" (now called Wisconsin).
Napos, an Elder in Residence at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and member of the Menominee tribe explains: “To translate Wēskōhsaeh (a Menominee word) that would be basically the first part comes from the word ‘Wis-cu’ which means something good, and that ending is more what you would say, locative," he said. “You would say, ‘A good place to camp,’ or ‘to make a clearing’ or ‘to basically live.’” But once the French got a hold of the name, Napos said it began to change.
“The big confusion was when the French came in (to the territory) and kind of messed up a lot of our language,” Napos said. “A lot of those names were mistranslated because basically they couldn’t pronounce them.” [https://www.wpr.org/how-did-wisconsin-get-its-name-well-its-complicated]
At last—the SEVEN FIRES and THE PEOPLE migration found their sacred ground. It is thought it took about 500 years to complete the journey, which began around 900 AD. The Ojibwe people have been living in the area now called Minnesota and Wisconsin since 1400 AD, 400+ years before any Europeans settled in this area.
From the Mishomis Book:
To the sun, the Great
Spirit gave the power of light and heat. To the earth, he gave the power of
growth and healing. To the waters, He gave the power of purity and renewal. And
to the winds, He gave the power of music and the breath of life itself.
On earth the Great Spirit formed mountains and valleys, plains and forests, islands and lakes, bays and rivers. Everything was in its place. Everything was beautiful. Then the Great Spirit made the plant beings. There were four kinds, flowers, grasses, fruits and trees. To each He gave a spirit of life, growth, healing, and beauty. Each he placed where it would be the most beneficial and would lend to the earth its great beauty, harmony and order. After the plant beings the Great Spirit created the animal beings, and conferred on each special powers and natures. There were four kinds: crawlers, winged ones, swimmers, and the four-legged beings.
Last of all, He made Man. Though last in the order of creation, least in the order of dependence, and weakest in bodily powers, Man had the greatest gift: the power to dream.
The Great Spirit then made the Great Laws of Nature for the wellbeing and the harmony of all things and all creatures. The Great Laws governed the world, and movement of the sun, earth, moon and the stars. There is a natural law. It is the law that everyone is ruled by, including all things in creation. It is an absolute law. It is a law that has no mercy. It is a law that will always prevail. The basis of this great law is peace. And peace is a dynamic force. Peace takes a lot of effort. - EDWARD BENTON -BENAI
Walk in Beauty
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HER WIKI BIO (former last name DeMeyer): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trace_DeMeyer
Words For War
strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it.
To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our
music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our
sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories
that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe.
corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are
selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their
weapons, their notion of inevitability.
Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them.
Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
― Arundhati Roy, War Talk