Earth Day passed yesterday without a dispatch from here, but as a wise person once said, every day is Earth day. With our arrogance to subjugate, to preach to indigenous populations around the world over centuries about what is good for them, how they should act, to shut up and obey, to be grateful, the time has come to listen.
To listen to what the Nyoongar family in Western Australia's south west have always known about the soil. To listen to the few surviving Acoma Pueblo about water conservation. To listen to the Bayei in Botswana's Okavango Delta about fish stocks. To listen to the Inuit about over hunting.
We cannot keep taking without giving back.
To re-visit the famous Cree prophecy. “When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.” Edward S. Curtis captured this iconic image - At the Old Well, Acoma - in 1904. (New Mexico) Curtis, as I've posted before, is a kind of personal spirit guide, not just for photography, but for his life's mission to preserve the legacy of North America's Indian tribes, as he watched them crumbling before his eyes.
As another great Indian proverb says. “Treat the earth well, it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.” Every day is indeed Earth day. #earthday #edwardscurtis #acomapueblo #acoma #indigenous @aboriginal.australia.official #nyoongar #country #land #spirit #environment #protection #conservation @grandcanyonnps #nationalparkservice @newmexicotrue @westernaustralia