Syndicated from In Xinachtli, In Milpa. Read entire article here.
There were starsBefore the sky was turned blackBy war gunsOf alien armies who cameTo put flameTo the land,Searing scars ofColonization, genocide, racismAnd greed.
The echoes still roar.
Hollow eyed sockets
Of false reality still see those rockets,
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Into the gory red glare
Of scorched earth
Burned to a stump
In corporate orange
White man’s burden.
Throne of empire,
Gaming the land lust desire,
Marketing the electorate,
Commodifying the constituencies
Against whom they stood.
They stood in resistance.
They stood in rebellion.
They stand in regeneration.
Tupac Enrique Acosta
The concept of title in relation to land is a mythological construct, in which the world view of cultural identity is embedded and perpetuated across generations.
The simple reason is of course that the land is eminence itself, preexisting and outlasting any human society. The relationship with the land, with the material world which emerges from the land, is then defined and evidenced by the traditional systems of inheritance and identity which perpetuate these teachings to the generations of the future. This is universal for all societies, but it is the traditional Indigenous Peoples from around the globe that create identity by ecological relationships to the constellations of families, mountains, rivers, deserts, nations, oceans and stars that define our homelands in the universe.
The societies of the European-American settlers do not.
The present systems of the United States and other governments states of the hemisphere which derive their justifications for jurisdiction over the land on the Divine Right of Kings to Dominion over the Earth and its Peoples, is pure myth. Or better said, it is false myth -- a dead story with no teaching to teach but only a power grab to justify.
It cannot even hold coherence before the science of its own culture, now finally clarified that matter-energy are aspects of relationship to life, with automatic inflection by the world view of each clan, family, tribe, community, nation, and culture.
To claim ownership by land title today in view of the above is the equivalent of proclaiming that the world is flat. It is the position of a lost world, and a false reality. It is an empire with no clothes.
Tupac Enrique Acosta
TLAZOLLI is the sacred weaving of elements, our tie to Tonantzin - Our Sacred Mother Earth - that connects Heaven:Earth like an umbilical cord weaving sacred realities known as: Mexico. It is what the religions of the world call love and the scientists call gravity.
The following is a transcription of the intervention submitted to the United States Government representative to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland in 1987. It is being offered here as an initiative of the Archives of Aztlan.
In Geneva in 1987, we met with traditional leaders from the Indigenous Peoples of South Africa, chieftains of the Zulu who were living in exile in Switzerland due to their trade union activism. We discussed the points that we were bringing forward and compared our histories and knowledge. Upon reading our position paper which called for the reopening of the question of integration of the territories within the bounds of the US control in light of the current international instruments and protocols for decolonization, these leaders immediately drafted a parallel document that exposed as identical the legal tactics of the British-Boer regimes to those of the British-American techniques of colonization.
Archives of Aztlan: Tlahtokan Izkalotl