August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Friday, November 6, 2020

'Grave Robbers and Thieves -- An Unconscionable Society' by Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham


Photo by Ofelia Rivas: Israel's Elbit Systems constructing spy towers on Tohono O'odham Nation


'Grave Robbers and Thieves -- An unconscionable society' by Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham

By Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham
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French translation by Christine Prat

We live in an unconscious society. The dead are memorialized and buried, mothers and fathers, Grandmothers and Grandfathers, and children. It is unconscionable to dig up a person from their grave for a man-made water waterway, a golf course, a building and border technology or any other so-called progressive economic or other similar developments for human entertainment, human advancement, and the continuous neurotic so-called human evolution.

In the world of the first people, the indigenous people, the O'odham people (The People) a buried person is undisturbed and many burial places are unmarked. It was only at the onset of assimilation and indoctrination into foreign religions that the burial places now have crosses and markings and are confined into a designated location.