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  • The Big Halt

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    Law 74, the End of Nomadism, the Big Halt. The crux of the matter was assimilation, belonging, ethnic identity. We wanted them, but they wanted us to leave them alone. They nodded and showed us the door, assured us they were on our side, but anyone could see that they were separated from honesty by… more

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  • Water Power

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    Outside the North and South Poles, the Tibetan Plateau stores more freshwater than anyplace on earth. Nearly half the world’s population lives in the watershed of its glaciers and lakes, and China wants it. Circle of Blue reports on the strategic power of water. more

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  • A Day to Remember

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    Palestinian citizens of Israel last week observed Israel’s Independence Day with their own ceremonies commemorating Nakba (Catastrophe), by walking their children in extended family groups to the sites of their former villages destroyed by Israel to erase the evidence of Palestinian civilization. While this day of observance took place in hundreds of locations across the… more

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  • Potlatch

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    Between 1884 and 1951, it was a crime in Canada (and the US) for First Nations to potlatch; dancing, singing, feasting, and gift-giving — in ceremonies comprising the system of redistributing wealth among the coastal aboriginal peoples — was punishable by two to six months in jail. Today, the indigenous tribes of the Pacific Northwest… more

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  • An Open Mind

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    The current conflict between the indigenous Wabanaki and the State of Maine reminded me of the need for better cross-cultural communication made possible by unmediated understanding. One tool in conflict resolution is the Values Orientations Method developed by the Florence R. Kluckhohn Center. Stepping back from misunderstanding and misanthropy to examine conflicting cultural orientations is… more

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