Sage Frank (left) with his little brother Bluestar Frank, his dad Cameron Frank and his mom April Carmelo outside their family home in the City of Shasta Lake. Sage was allegedly attacked by an apparent self-proclaimed white supremist.
Is it just me, or does there seem to be a thread of White Supremacy running through all this "truth about Ancient America" stuff?
Let me explain a little:
By coincidence, via the Face Book Phenomena, at about the same time, I “met” three different people in three different parts of Turtle Island who had begun to realize that they were seeing stones and stone constructions atypical of the works of Post Contact people. Call them colonists or settlers or Europeans - call them people who arrived here and there after a specific time, depending on where we’re talking about, places where European diseases spread after October 12, 1492 and decimated a whole hemisphere of Human Beings.
They were posting some amazing photographs and were searching for answers as to who built them, why hadn’t they heard of them, and perhaps questioning whether or not it was “real,” and not just their imagination, some sort of delusion. I can relate to that.
I’m lucky, I guess. It’s a lonesome feeling to have something like this happen to you.
I’m lucky, I guess, to have early on, about twenty years ago, met and talked with a Schaghticoke Elder who was not very surprised at the photographs I showed her of stones I thought might be effigies or petroforms.
I’m lucky, I guess, that she told me about book about The Sacred Landscape of New England’s Native Civilization, which in turn led me to a friendship with the author of a well known blog about (and called) “Rock Piles,” and several people that I met through him. We don’t always agree on things, but we persevere and forgive each other’s grumpiness at times, but mostly we share discoveries, in the field and in the literature, among other things. We celebrate small victories and grieve great losses together, which are what friends are for.
I’m lucky to be just where I am, by a Contact time Village by a Sacred Site. I’m lucky to have an artist’s eye and, by some fluke of nature, an IQ that was beyond the ability of the tests that existed in the early 1960’s, although sometimes it feels like a curse.
So my three new “online friends” are each in unique places. All three friends find themselves in similar situations, seeing similar constructions, all seeking answers to questions that may or may not ever be answered. We all think we know a little bit for sure, think we learn a little more each day, and try to be open about it in our thinking, sifting through a dizzying amount of contradictory information, complicated by bias of all kinds, and in the end really relying on intuition and imagination that some times more important, a wiser man than I once said, was more important than information.
I am the odd person out in the fact that I have no Native American Ancestry. My other three friends do. Two of them have come to embrace that Ancestry, tracing family genealogy, one living in the original territory (or at least pretty close to it), very much involved with his relations in the area. Meanwhile the other friend tracked down her roots, finding her Grandfather was Tsalagi/Tsalagi as these people seem to have called themselves but as Wikipedia puts it: “…Cherokee (which) may have originally been derived from the Choctaw word Cha-la-kee, which means "those who live in the mountains", or Choctaw Chi-luk-ik-bi, meaning "those who live in the cave country"…The earliest Spanish rendering of Cherokee, from 1755, is Tchalaquei. Another theory is that "Cherokee" derives from a Lower Creek word, Ciló-kki, meaning someone who speaks another language. The most common derivation, however, is an Anglicisation of their autonym, or name for themselves: Tsalagi in their language.” This ancestry was a surprise to her; she’d thought that her Grandpa Den was a Modoc living on the Hoopa Reservation in Northern California, where she spent many summers with Grandpa Den. She also turns out to be a great niece of the naturalist John Muir, crucially responsible for the establishment of the Natural Park System of the United States of America who eventually came to respect Native Ways, hunted the high country with Native Americans in the landscape where the management of the landscape by burning became illegal somewhere in the mid 1900’s, encroached by the Gold Rush only 50 years before that.These first two people are very selective these days with whom they share information, moving slowly and cautiously, thinking long about what they see entirely open about what they say, and honoring me with questions they think I may have some opinions on and sometimes “gathering wood” for them, a concept that come from Yurok, Kurok, Maidu , Wintu, and Anishinabe/Ojibwe/Chippewa ethnologies, ethnographies, and other sources that include those peoples fights to continue to follow tradition ways, once outlawed and punishable sometimes by Christianization or a slow or quick death in the past – and present.
My third friend has somehow unwittingly I believe, become a target for a different group of people, surrounding her like a pack of wolves, using her and her Face book Pages as a source of possible converts to more than one of the rather horrifying groups of White Supremacists, some of whom pretend to ascribe to something similar known as “Scientific racism,” or a softer term called “Scientifical Racialism.” These people search for undeniable truths such as the belief that ancient cultures around the world were visited by Caucasian races in ancient times, and that they were known as "White gods". The writer Robert F. Marx has written extensively about the concept of "White gods", Marx came to the conclusion that white gods "figure in almost every indigenous culture in the Americas." The implication was that Indigenous cultures did not possess the intelligence to create civilizations until these Ancient Europeans landed on Turtle Island (and the South American continent – not to mention Egypt as well) from a dizzying variety of places in Europe, by a Caucasoid or Nordic Culture.
Some links, with other links (and even more links) could start with:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_supremacy(Where I got to the article for the title of this post: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_godsA recent news story: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/article/native-family-allegedly-attacked-by-white-supremacists-in-shasta-lake-133113Ancient America Reference relates to statements like this:“The purpose of Ancient American Magazine is to describe the prehistory of the American Continent, regardless of presently fashionable beliefs--- to provide a public forum for certified experts and nonprofessionals alike to freely express their views without fear nor favor.”
“Fashionable Beliefs” refers to what these people as the “Lies of Anthropologists, Archeologist, and Mueseums including the Smithsonian (and most other Museums around the world):http://www.ancientamerican.com/aa/