Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

April 27, 2020

Chili Yazzie: 'Remembering and honoring the lifeways intended by Creator in this time of coronavirus'

By Duane 'Chili' Yazzie
Dineh, Shiprock, New Mexico
Special to Censored News
French translation by Christine Prat

The COVID19 virus invades unsuspecting human bodies destroying lives, families, futures. It gives no exemption for economic status, physical strength, or color of skin. It seeks life to give death. It is alive with death. It brings down the famous and powerful. The disadvantaged are easy prey. There is little refuge from the killer virus.

This enemy of life exposes the vulnerabilities of the ‘greatest’ country on the planet. It cripples the best of western science and medicine. Our frontlines to repel this enemy are becoming defenseless, they are tired, they look for relief that may not come. We thank them and pray them peace and strength.

The faithful and the faithless asks why God allows this to happen, we seek for answers, we ponder, we try to find reason. This must be a message that we have drifted too far from the teachings of life we were set on this earth with. Mankind teeters on the brink of self-annihilation with the damage caused the Earth Mother, perhaps the virus is the discipline whip of the earth. God cleanses his creation in times of great disorder, perhaps it is that time.

We want things to come back to normal, but things have not been normal for Indigenous peoples. We are the most vulnerable with our diabetes due to junk foods and government commodities. We have heart and respiratory issues because of carbon pollution, uranium cancers and poisoned waters. Our hospitals are underfunded, we live in overcrowded housing with poverty conditions.

There is a great imbalance in this modern-day, violence is perpetrated upon the earth and her children who live to live the Original Instructions. The Creator gave us a certain way to live, to have certain beliefs; we were blessed with these teachings on how to live life for happiness. The Original Instructions prescribe a life of K’é, a family relation with all life, all of creation. It requires ajoobah (compassion), truth, humility, respect, honor and courage. The one hope we have is to remember and honor the lifeways the Creator originally intended for us.

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