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Where was the national media?

Chief Writing Wolf

Members of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota blocked two Canadian trucks from driving through the community on March 5, leading to a 6-hour standoff and 5 arrests.   The Rapid City Journal reported that “several dozens” of American Indians were part of the blockade.  But, a community journalist confirmed that only those 5 individuals had been arrested.  Pine Ridge is home to the Lakota and is one of the poorest communities in the U.S.

The trucks apparently were on their way to Texas as part of the Keystone XL Pipeline project.  KILI, a Pine Ridge radio station, posted an alert about the trucks’ arrival and asked for citizens to engage in a blockade.  Lakota police and state troopers had already stopped the trucks and ordered them to return to Canada.  But, the drivers refused.

“We formed a blockade to stop tar sands oil mine equipment from…

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Yarn paintings

The colors!

artoftheindians.com

Huichol yarn painting is a traditional artistic technique that is used for recording dreams, visions, myths, and the innermost personal prayers of the artists. Because the Huichol language is non-written, these story boards are used to express the beauty and wisdom of the ancient Huichol cultural tradition. Huichol artists can be thought of as modern day scribes.

The Huichols use smaller version of these paintings as offerings to the many gods and goddesses that reign over their isolated homeland in the Sierra Madre mountain range in Mexico.

Yarn paintings originate from votive objects the Huichols create as ceremonial offerings. The small wax and yarn votive objects are made as prayers to depict the desires of the people and their families. After the ceremonies they are taken to far off sacred places and left for the gods and goddesses.

The larger paintings, made by Huichol artists for sale, utilize the same…

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