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Thanksgiving Rock at PlymouthPeople are often surprised when they learn that many Native Americans consider the Thanksgiving holiday in the USA to be a national day of mourning and have for nearly 40 years. Some observe the date with a day of quiet remembrance, prayer and even fasting.

I am one.

A BIT OF BACKGROUND

To gain more understanding of the holiday, you need to know the unvarnished truth about the original Thanksgivings. Most of us grew up being taught to associate the holiday with happy Pilgrims and Indians sitting down to a big feast. And that did happen – once… But there’s much more to the story.

The tale actually begins back in 1614 when a band of English explorers attacked the local Patuxet Indians who had welcomed them to Massachusetts Bay. They then sailed home to England with a hold full of Natives bound for slavery. During their visit these explorers also spread smallpox which virtually wiped out those who had been lucky enough to escape the slave ship.

THE GOOD

By the time the Pilgrims arrived in Massachusetts Bay they found only one living Patuxet Indian remaining in the village, a man named Squanto, who fortunately knew how to speak English. He taught them to grow corn and to fish (which saved them from starvation that first winter), and he negotiated a peace treaty between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Nation. At the end of their first year, the Pilgrims held a great feast honoring Squanto and the Wampanoags.

THE BAD

But as word spread in England about the paradise to be found in the new world, religious zealots called Puritans began arriving by the boat load. Finding no fences around the land, they considered it to be in the public domain. Joined by other British settlers, they seized property, captured strong young Natives for slaves and killed the rest indiscriminately.

THE UGLY

The Pequot Nation had not officially agreed to the peace treaty Squanto had negotiated and they fought back against the injustices. The Pequot War was one of the bloodiest Indian wars ever fought.

In 1637 near present day Groton, Connecticut, over 700 men, women and children of the Pequot Tribe had gathered for their annual Green Corn Festival which is the Pequot Thanksgiving celebration. In the predawn hours the sleeping Indians were surrounded by English and Dutch mercenaries who ordered them to come outside. Those who came out were shot or clubbed to death while the terrified women and children who huddled inside the longhouse were burned alive. The next day the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony declared “A Day Of Thanksgiving” because 700 unarmed men, women and children had been murdered.

Cheered by their “victory”, the brave colonists and their Indian allies attacked village after village. Women and children over 14 were sold into slavery while the rest were murdered. Boats loaded with a many as 500 slaves regularly left the ports of New England. Bounties were paid for Indian scalps to encourage as many deaths as possible.

GIVING THANKS FOR BLOODSHED

Following an especially successful raid against the Pequot in what is now Stamford, Connecticut, the churches announced a second day of “thanksgiving” to celebrate victory over the heathen savages. During the feasting, the hacked off heads of Natives were kicked through the streets like soccer balls. Even the friendly Wampanoag did not escape the madness. Their chief was beheaded, and his head impaled on a pole in Plymouth, Massachusetts — where it remained on display for 24 years.

The killings became more and more frenzied, with days of thanksgiving feasts being held after each successful massacre. George Washington finally suggested that only one day of Thanksgiving per year be set aside instead of celebrating each and every massacre. Later Abraham Lincoln decreed Thanksgiving Day to be a legal national holiday during the Civil War — on the same day he ordered troops to march against the starving Sioux in Minnesota.

WHAT ALL THIS MEANS FOR US TODAY

This story doesn’t have quite the same fuzzy feelings associated with it as the one you were told in school where the Indians and Pilgrims all sat down together at the big feast… But we need to learn our true history – the good, the bad, and the ugly – so the mistakes won’t be repeated.

I realize a National Day of Mourning will never be able to compete with a holiday table full of delights served by grandma and that’s ok too. No one is asking you to change the holiday rituals you hold dear, whatever they may be. It’s ALWAYS good to be thankful and come together with loved ones, regardless of the occasion. But, this Thanksgiving, when you gather with your friends and family to Thank Creator for all your many blessings, think also about these things you have just heard here and understand, with a little more compassion, the sad history that this holiday holds for many people.  My people.


Witsatologi nihi – Many Blessings To You!

To learn more about the National Day Of Mourning:

NativeVillage.org

Pilgrim Hall Museum

Ken Savage –  How Thanksgiving Became the National Day of Mourning


27
Feb

MP3.com – "The Epitaph"

   Posted by: VoGE

Found the following item in my web browsing the other day…

March 10 & 11

2Day WebCast Auction

MP3.COM, Inc.

Office, Furniture, Tech

By Order of Vivendi Universal Net USA Group, Inc.

In The Matter of MP3.COM Inc.

Complete Liquidation of 100,000 sq ft Corporate facility:

100s of Servers from Sun, Compaq, HP, & Dell, Clarion EMC Storage Arrays Networking from Cisco, Extreme, Foundry, etc. 100s of PCs, Notebooks, Printers, Monitors, Copiers, Fax Machines, etc. Digital Audio & Video Production and Editing Equipment LCD Projectors, Conference room suites 100s of Herman Miller Aeron Chairs Complete 10,000 sq ft health club Game Room including Pool Table, Foosball, Video Arcade Games, Ping Pong, Etc. Artwork, Collectable Musical instruments, Contemporary Furniture.

And if you’ve been looking for a Hummer with 7 (yes, 7) TVs they may have a perfect deal for you! Or you could bid on the custom Harley Fat Boy (insert your own joke here).

Editorial comments

There are far too many examples of corporate excess in those auction pics. And that is just the tiny tip of the MP3.com iceberg. We’ll never know how many frivolous business trips and parties went down… How many perks were bought on company expense accounts… How much money was wasted on appearances and experiments instead of being invested back into in the core business.

And then there’s their biggest wasteful excess of all… In my opinion, what Michael Robertson (the founder) did to mp3.com with his bad business decisions should have negated his receiving so much as a cent from them when he left. He should also have been held personally liable for at least a portion of the fines imposed upon the company by the courts. The litigation was a direct result of HIS decisions, made against the legal advice he had at the time, and it was ultimately the killing blow that lead to MP3.com’s spiraling downfall.

It’s amazing to me that he’s always touted in the press as being the “founder of MP3.com” with no mention of his also being its chief executioner. The man who poisoned his own well. The visionary who went blind.

When I think of what might have been, I know that Karma has placed an especially heavy weight on Mr. Robertson.

To me, the saddest pictures on that auction site were those stacks of PCs that once ruled the world of online indie music now sitting idle in saran wrap.

Ahh, well… Soon the auction buzzards will have the carcass picked clean and we can finally close the epilog and write the epitaph:

“Here lies MP3.com… As usual.” Read the rest of this entry »

15
Dec

VoGE Newsletter #1 – Holiday Thoughts

   Posted by: VoGE

O’siyo friends and family…
Happy holidays to you-n-yours! Here it comes ready or not… That time of year some dread, others eagerly anticipate, and the rest of us just accept till Spring. This Winter season has brought many changes for Voice of Golden Eagle music and I’d like to share a few of them with you including this, the very first edition of the VoGE Newsletter online!
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JUST MY OPINION: THE END OF MP3.COM – THE END OF AN ERA
As I’m sure most of you are already aware, MP3.com, the world’s first and biggest online site for independent music, closed its doors in early December. It’s been purchased by CNET.com and they promise to reopen the domain in early 2004, but there’s no doubt about it… MP3.com as we knew it is gone forever.
There is a certain sadness surrounding this passing for all who shared the dream for independent music that was MP3.com. In my own case, they were incredible for getting the message out about VoGE music. In the two and a half years I had an artist site there, the music had over 440,000 listens and many hundreds of CDs were sold to people all over the world. It also led me to some wonderful Net based musical collaborations I will cherish forever.
It is said that all good things must come to an end and MP3.com is no exception, but let me assure you that this is just the beginning of a new chapter for VoGE music!

* The VoGE recording facility is undergoing many new renovations

and upgrades.
* Plans are underway for new VoGE albums, including one to be

digitally recorded within a huge cave in the Arkansas Ozarks!
Read all about it, here in the VoGE Newsletter…
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VoGE UPDATE: WHERE TO FIND MUSIC AND “STUFF” ONLINE
Most important to remember, the www.VoiceOfGoldenEagle.com URL will always take you to VoGE music online.

Please check it out occasionally as it will become an outlet for more and more VoGE arts-n-crafts as time goes by. The direct link to the store is:

Voice of Golden Eagle’s Roadside Stand
http://www.cafeshops.com/voge
Like getting special discounts? So do I… The nice folks at CafeShops have given me a “virtual coupon” I can offer you that’s good thru December 19th, 2003. Just put SNOWFLAKES in the Coupon Code field of your order form and receive $4.00 off any purchase of $40 or more.
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MUSIC NEWS: NEW VoGE PROJECTS
Many great things are happening with the music!
NEW RECORDING PROJECT – I am contacting the National park Service about the possibility of using the Blanchard Springs Caverns as a location to do a digital recording. This incredible cave in the Arkansas Ozarks has some of the most amazing natural acoustics I’ve ever heard! I have dreamed for years of doing a Native Flute recording there and hope to soon make it a reality. I’ll keep a journal of the recording session and share it in a future newsletter.
NEW PRODUCTION FACILITY – Meanwhile, back at VoGE Central, I have spent most of the last month totally revamping my tiny recording studio. In addition to a major computer upgrade, I have moved the facility to a much larger area all of which will help the creative process tremendously once I get past the tedium of setting it all up. The new computer system gives me the horsepower I need to expand into professional multimedia production, so stay tuned for some home grown music videos coming in the near future!
OTHER FUTURE OFFERINGS will include streaming VoGE videos online (here’s a pre-upgrade preview) and more VoGE visual art available via the Web. I’ll post updates as these become available.
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IN CLOSING: Holiday thoughts from Voice of Golden Eagle

As we enter the heart of this Winter season, people

of many faiths celebrate in various ways according

to their own traditions. But all have one thing in

common. The ceremonies are reminders that in the

midst of icy storms both physical and spiritual,

Spring will come again giving birth to our renewed
hopes and dreams.

In all cultures throughout the world Winter has

traditionally been a time of gathering by the family

fire, telling stories, and sharing wisdom. A period

of reflection, meditation, and celebration of the

seasons past and the seasons to come. A time of
healing.

Regardless of how you choose to observe this very

special time, I hope your holidays are filled with
love, peace and happiness.

Witsatologi nihi (Many Blessings To You!)

…Voice of Golden Eagle and family