Category Archives: Indigenous People

Clutching at straws

We sit together Whilst all around The crackling heat The dry parched ground Such bad theatre No dialogue The final curtain Perhaps the dog And the primates cower The Indigenous too The tragedy Is coming true Impersonating The acrobat The … Continue reading

ROOPKUND LAKE

In the Uttarakhand state of India Thirty feet wide and six feet deep A high altitude glacial lake exists At the bottom of mountains steep In 1942 a British Forest Guard Stumbled on the lake and took a look The … Continue reading

The Caru and their fight for survival

Our thinking is beyond us The risks that some will take Because it helps their balance sheet And they also like their cake Their head is full of matter Not in essence grey Or even green remember What it is … Continue reading

A look at the Mari people

A time of darkness rules the Volga river Places where Mari people close to land and forest Tried to share A closeness to the landscape Animists were they Believing there were spirits In their environment the way Was open for … Continue reading

“Evil begins with the hooting of an OWL”

Some 30,000 Aka people Live in the CONGO they Are purely forest dwellers In the warm light of each day Pygmies under five feet tall A faith and way of being Undeniably indigenous And genuinely all seeing The forest is … Continue reading

Vianet D’jenguet of “MY CONGO” fame

A sensitive soul Who sees wildness like children do What is just realness Creation and more Touched by the sadness Moved by the gladness A tangible reason He says to adore The Congo “My Congo” across the great river Where … Continue reading

Gerardo Tkachenko-Papizh

A unique sound of naturalness Songbirds insects we Listen to the utterances And muffled shrieks that be Exclaiming a perfection Humming warbling cooing Madrigals of harmony Lingering and viewing Hearkening a labyrinth Ethereal it be Breath beyond sensation Thinking out … Continue reading

Native rights are one thing

There is apathy and imperturbability The islanders and the Aboriginals do Hunt for dugong in amongst the eel grass And the sea turtles spearing them, its true These are rare and sensitive beautiful animals Native rights is one thing but … Continue reading

The local hero

Six days it took him From 6 to six In a raging heat With spade and picks Nicholas Muchemi A labourer he Rebuilt a road Diligently It seems a landowner Decided that they The people were using his land And … Continue reading

Netsilik Inuit

What wonders opened out before The nomads The harshest adaptation One could feel The drama and sensation Of their lives out on the sea ice Breathtaking and dramatic And so real. They took on frozen seas And wild cold winds … Continue reading