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Today there is growing awareness that indigenous knowledge that had been ignored and marginalized as a primitive knowledge system is something we need to look to to build a sustainable, fairer system where food security, nutrition and well being of people is held together.
— Phrang Roy / indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com
We facilitate the use of traditional Indigenous knowledge in solving today’s challenges, including climate change, food security, medicine, governance and sustainable development.
— www.firstpeoples.org
Cultural Survival envisions a future that respects and honors Indigenous Peoples inherent rights and dynamic cultures, deeply and richly interwoven in lands, languages, spiritual traditions, and artistic expression, rooted in self-determination and self-governance.
— www.culturalsurvival.org
There’s a particular time that we’re in that’s about a real reemergence, a real resurgence of our people that’s producing all of this new media, this new artistry, this new culture, which is amazing.
— Jarrett Martineau / http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/legal-warriors-five-indigenous-lawyers-1.3371819
Media is not a passive thing. We cannot be passive in making media content. The thinkers, doers, warriors, philosophers, leaders–people who are gifted, we have a responsibility with media to create the future. That’s a huge responsibility. We have amazing potential as creators of our own content.
— Iron Eyes / www.cbc.ca
Before the DAY is over, an Indigenous homeland will be clear-cut, strip-mined, or flooded by a dam.

Before the WEEK is over, an Indigenous person will be killed or displaced, because of economic interests or simply because he or she has a different culture.

Before the YEAR is over, dozens of languages could disappear forever, taking with them ancient worldviews and a priceless record of earth’s biodiversity.
— www.culturalsurvival.org

ELM & MRP 9.25.15

jillian rose

happy October!! 

I just made my 7th Feather Project donation to Cultural Survival and First People's Worldwide!

Last weekend was magical.  Two of my close friends tied the knot and chose meeeee to make the jewelry!  Feather bangles for the bridesmaids, triangles and arrows for friends, a sunflower and an aspen necklace for mom.  

A celebration and light and love. 

What's really cool is that Matt & Liz's wedding alone added $30 to my Feather Project donation, providing support for the rights of indigenous peoples around the world!

>> new blog post(s) with 35mm photos coming sooooon!

the bride's initials and wedding date  ∞

the bride's initials and wedding date

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Feather Project // update

jillian rose

Happy February!  I just made my 5th Feather Project donation to Cultural Survival and First Peoples Worldwide! Since I began this project last May, sales have allowed me to donate close to $100 to these two organizations! So exciting! 

My feathers are hand-crafted from reclaimed/recycled or third party certified, ethically mined silver. I am thankful that Rio Grande Jewelry Making Supplies shares my concern for the earth. "Our refinery, which recycles silver and gold from a variety of sources, is 30 years old and has won numerous environmental awards over the years." We must continue to ask ourselves how our choices impact the planet and take responsibility for our actions!

I came across this article on First's People's website this morning and was reminded that THIS was one of my main motivators in creating this project. Wirikuta is a mountain that the Huichol people of Mexico believe to be the birthplace of the sun. They take pilgrimages there and receive guidance from the gods. First Majestic Silver, a Canadian mining company, only sees dollar signs in their sacred land. I believe that part of environmental protection is protecting the indigenous cultures that live in harmony with this earth. We all have the right to decide what happens to our own lands.

“These sites are alive, they have a heart, and we are worried that their veins will be destroyed.”