Category Archives: my own thoughts

Totality Visions

“It’s so beautiful.” My voice was uncontrollably shaking and tears were welling up in my eyes.  Like Jodie Foster at the end of Contact. From atop a sagebrush bluff in eastern Oregon, we felt the day cool and the bright … Continue reading

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Mapping Native America

There are lots of maps of Native America floating around in books and on-line, most suggesting a sea of an indigenous nation-states that was fixed in time until the Europeans arrived. In reality, these “tribes” labeled on maps were most … Continue reading

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Photography of Native Americans, past and present

Teju Cole, a Nigerian living in New York City, is one of my favorite writers and photographers. In his recent column in New York Times Magazine, he compares the portraits by Horace Poolaw, Kiowa, with those by Edward Curtis.  Poolaw’s … Continue reading

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Birding in Gambell: Native and White cultures come together at the edge of the world

In the middle of the Bering Sea, where the only other visible land are the gleaming snow-clad peaks of the Russian Far East, two cultures meet in a strange but symbiotic juxtaposition.  Gambell is a Siberian Yupik village, named for … Continue reading

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Trump’s doppelganger from colonial New Mexico bodes difficult decades ahead for US

If Trump had a doppelganger in history, it was probably Don Diego de Peñalosa, Governor of colonial New Mexico from 1661 to 1664.  If history repeats itself, we may be able to learn something about our future.   Colonial New … Continue reading

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Red Nation, Blue Nation: Predictions for the Trump Years and Beyond

The cultural divide between Red and Blue will grow stronger and more distinct. Gerrymandering has  already polarized the political arena over the past twenty years. This has framed the public debate into two choices:  left and right. With social media, each side … Continue reading

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Gratitude for the Water Protectors

It’s astounding that 10,000 people converged on the open plain, with no water, food, sanitation, or housing, and worked together to make it all happen.  The first camp was started by Standing Rock youth.   Hundreds of other tribes from … Continue reading

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