This is another on going written journey of the old timers and their struggle to regain the holy lands back, the 64 year battle between men in blankets vs. the men in suits. Some of you faithful readers of my blog know the story. Here once again is a different yet similar view of the continuing epic move on the struggle and how it affects us or not today; I guess the main reason for this research is because with all the heart wrenching years that it took along with many passing on without knowing if the sacred land was giving back to the people, I look around and see in my community that what they did for us actually doesn’t matter for some today…with the state of affairs within our own tribal system, a lot of things don’t work today and many things work better, but change is inevitable.
“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” Paulo Coelho
For my people, a week turned into 64 years – few could read or write the English language and they didn’t even know that Roosevelt took their land.
Excerpts from The Taos Indians and the The Battle for Blue Lake…R.C. Gordon McCutchen and various papers and publications about the struggle for Blue Lake, a religious place of origin for the Taos Pueblo people.
“The Taos Pueblo Indians are asking that the secret places of their soul be given back to them entire. They ask you, not for a palliative in the form of a token boundary around Blue Lake, but for an ecological unit, a water shed, that would give them the environmental and spiritual security that was theirs from the beginning…” Michael Nadel
Our land was stolen in 1906 by then Rough Rider President Theodore Roosevelt, who along with a deep depression after the death of his beloved took off into the wild west to lose himself, and in doing so, made some of the most profound choices about our country, creating national preserves that still exist today as a model for governments in holding fast to the fading country side and original beautiful lands of the world. Read More→