Wednesday, March 11, 2015

O'odham Ofelia Rivas to speak at 'Balance Unbalance' Conference at ASU

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Ofelia Rivas, founder of O'odham Voice against the Wall, will be speaking on panels at the Balance Unbalance Conference at ASU in Tempe, Arizona, to be held March 27 -- 29, 2015.

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Dutch translation by Alice Holemans, NAIS Gazette

Statement by Ofelia Rivas on Shu-da’g (Water)
Water is life for all life, not just humans.
The physical altering of whole terrains impacts all life.  From the leveling of mountains and hills, to the altering of bodies of water and the pollution of the seas and oceans, to the contamination and damming of the rivers, and the massive destruction caused by the extraction of metals and minerals – these things impact all life.
Mother Earth is altered and destroyed by extensive modern human habitation.  She is altered and destroyed through mass unconscious consumerism.  She is altered and destroyed by the mass extraction of minerals including uranium, silver, and gold. These things alter the quality and quantity of water for all life.
Mother Earth is altered by the massive irresponsibility of humans, and this is speeding up climate change. Our modern society is unbalanced and is driven by instant gratification without regard for the future.
The entire O'odham way of life is based on water. Our ceremonies, songs, and dances all pay homage to water in the form of rain, clouds, and the water animals.  The O'odham continue to exist on this land.  We have been here for hundreds of thousands of years living in balance with Mother Earth. We are a natural part of the world, and we have an obligation to live in balance with Mother Earth.
The O’odham conduct offerings to the sea to raise the clouds, and then we prepare our seeds. We conduct our ceremonies and wait for the rains to come, and then we plant in the water ways all over the land. First the jegos, the great cleansing winds, will arrive; then the rains will come. We plant our seeds in the natural mouth of the desert washes, where water flows only after the rains. We also plant in natural flood areas. We greatly appreciate all the natural water holes, the springs, and the rivers that flow from the mountains. The natural water storage areas of our homelands are being impacted by industry and the great landscape altering that comes with it.
All the desert plants of my homeland live in balance with the water. The ha'san, the giant saguaro, waits for the rains and stores the water in her porous insides. She blooms and produces fruit for the O'odham to harvest, for the animals to eat, and for the sustenance of all life. Many greens like wild spinach, onions, and tubers come up on the land in days after the rain waters come to the lands. Animals such as the deer, the Bighorn Sheep, the Javalina, the Mountain Tortoise, and the Rabbit graze to their fill. The o’odham collect and dry the harvest so that it can be rehydrated to eat throughout the year. 
We consider the continuous destruction of our sacred water by modern society to be genocide against all life.  We, the people of conscience, must no longer allow this oppressive system to contaminate the water that is our life.  John Trudell said that "We are power," that we human beings have the essence of power.  With this power we can stop the destruction.

From the Balance Unbalance Conference coming up in Tempe, Arizona:
"Very exciting news: Ofelia Rivas, an elder and activist from the Tohono O'odham Nation will be at Balance-Unbalance, she will contribute indigenous knowledge about water, climate, place to the conference. There will also be voices of indigenous youth throughout the entire conference. Here is Ofelia Rivas in a clip (watch above):"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWG8RJgNucc
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Ofelia Rivas


Ofelia Rivas: Ofelia is the founder of the O’odham VOICE Against the WALL and the O’odham Cultural and Environmental Justice Coalition. She is a representative of the traditional O’odham elders and ceremony leaders, and has represented the O’odham at the World People's Summit on Climate Change in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and as part of the Zapatista La Otra Campaña. She led the successful fight to prevent a toxic waste dump near the O’odham sacred site of Quitovac in Sonora, Mexico. Ofelia advocates for O’odham Rights and Human Rights. Ofelia lives in Ali Jegk village in southern Arizona, on O’odham lands.

Speaking Schedule



We are honored to share in the knowledge and wisdom of:
Friday, March 27

10:30am

1:30pm

Registrations for the three day program are now open with a limited number of one day tickets and tickets to Keynote presentations will also be available at the door: http://www.balance-unbalance2015.org

The intersections between nature, art, science, new technologies, aid agencies and society are formed with the goal of developing cross-disciplinary initiatives using innovative art and technology to advance ecological awareness and sustainability practices to inspire wide-ranging community engagement in the face of unprecedented environmental challenges. Previous conferences have produced collaborations with the Red Cross as a competition for musical works in support of their global campaigns on Climate Change.  A second iteration of this competition has just taken place (http://bit.ly/17ziFuv ).  The 2013 conference witnessed the forming of a project to address the complexity of moving entire communities in the Pacific Island country of Vanuatu who are affected by rising sea levels. A short documentary film on the progress of this project will be shared with this years conference.


Happy to share this video with the conference that I did with Ofelia Rivas on Old Pascua Yaqui. -- Brenda, Censored News


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* OFELIA RIVAS, O’ODHAM, ZAL SPREKEN OP DE INTERNATIONALE CONFERENTIE : ‘ BALANCE UNBALANCE’
Vertaald door: NAIS: www.denaisgazet.be
Ofelia Rivas, stichter van ‘O’odham Voice against the Wall’, zal het woord voeren op de ‘Balance Unbalance’ conferentie die in de Arizona State University (ASU) in Tempe, Arizona zal doorgaan van 27 tot 29 maart 2015
Ofelia Rivas is een Elder en activist van de Tohono O’odham Nation.

Verklaring over Shu-da’g (water) door Ofelia Rivas
Water is leven voor ‘t leven, niet enkel voor mensen.
De fysieke beïnvloeding van terreinen heeft een impact op alle leven.
Van de nivellering van de bergen en heuvels, tot het beïnvloeden van waterlopen en de pollutie van de zeeën en de oceanen, tot de besmetting en afdamming van de rivieren, en de massieve verwoesting die door extractie van metalen en mineralen veroorzaakt wordt – al deze zaken hebben een impact op alle leven.
Moeder aarde is veranderd en verwoest door de uitgebreide moderne menselijke bewoning.
Ze is veranderd door de massale consumptiedrang. Ze is veranderd en verwoest door de massale extractie van mineralen zoals uranium, zilver en goud. Al deze zaken veranderen de kwaliteit en de kwantiteit van het water voor alle leven.
Moeder Aarde is veranderd door de massieve onverantwoordelijkheid van mensen, en dit is wat de klimaatverandering bespoedigd.
Onze moderne samenleving is uit balans en wordt gedreven door onmiddellijke voldoening zonder aan de toekomst te denken.
De levenswijze van de O’odham is gebaseerd op water.
Onze ceremonies, liederen en dansen brengen ode aan het water onder de vorm van regen, wolken, en de waterdieren.
De O’odham zullen stand houden op dit land. Wij leven hier reeds honderdduizend jaren in balans met Moeder Aarde.
De O’odham brengen offerandes naar de zee, zodat ze kan opstijgen naar de wolken, en dan maken we onze zaden klaar.
Wij houden onze ceremonies en wachten tot de regen komt, en dan planten we onze zaden over ons hele land.
Eerst zullen de ‘jegos’, de grote zuiverende winden komen; en dan komt de regen.
Wij planten onze zaden in de natuurlijke mond van de woestijn beekjes, waar er enkel water is na de regenval. Wij planten onze zaden ook in natuurlijke overstromingsgebieden.
Wij hebben een grote waardering voor al de natuurlijke waterputten, de bronnen en de rivieren die uit de bergen naar omlaag stromen.
Nu worden de natuurlijke wateropslagplaatsen van onze thuislanden beïnvloed door industrie en de grote verandering van het landschap dat het met zich meebrengt.
Al de woestijnplanten in mijn thuisland leven in balans met het water.
De h’san, de reusachtige Saguaro, wacht op de regens en slaat het water op in haar poriën.
Ze bloeit en produceert fruit voor de O’odham om te oogsten, voor de dieren om te eten, en voor het in stand houden van alle leven.
Vele groenten zoals wilde spinazie, ajuin, en knolgewassen schieten op uit de grond nadat de regenwaters naar het land gekomen zijn.
Dieren zoals herten, Bighorn schapen, de javelina, de berg schildpad en het konijn grazen er naar hartenlust.
De O’odham verzamelen en drogen de oogst zodat het ’t hele jaar door gegeten kan worden.
Wij beschouwen de voortdurende destructie van ons sacraal water door de moderne samenleving als genocide tegen alles wat leeft.
Wij, het volk van het geweten, mogen niet langer dit beklemmende systeem dat het water dat ons leven is besmet toelaten.
John Trudell zei : “We are the power,” mensen hebben de kracht.
En met deze kracht kunnen we de verwoesting stoppen.

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