Saturday, October 28, 2017

Butterfly Warriors and the Zapatista Presidential Candidate

“All creatures must learn that there exist predators. Without this knowing, a woman will be unable to negotiate safely within her own forest without being devoured. To understand the predator is to become a mature animal who is not vulnerable out of naivete, inexperience, or foolishness.” 
― Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Was so interesting to read the comments about the Why? an Indigenous Zapatista Presidential Candidate, María de Jesús Patricio.

We could debate all sorts of things like why would the Zapatistas participate in the corrupt system, why is this woman wearing as mask, why why why ?

so, if you don't know who the CNI and María de Jesús Patricio is:
She clarified that the effort isn’t just for indigenous people, but for Mexicans from all walks of society, “to join forces to be able to destroy this system that is generally finishing us all off.”
 Thirty-two years after the September 1985 Mexico City earthquake, in September 2017,  another earthquake shook near Mexico City... what was seen from afar, here in northern New Mexico, was a dream that came during the time of the Sept 2017 earthquake. Not knowing exactly where it fit into the weaving of dreams that are the living conscious and intentional dialogue of Grandmother Earth ...
Have received numerous dreams similar to this one... so waited to see or hear something in this tangible world acknowledging the dreamspeak...
after all this here "northern New Mexico" was only severed from Mexico by conquest's illusionary borders in 1848 ~

The Dreamspeak:
Grandmother Earth was breaking and splitting, upheaving and hurling off buildings and earth, imposed religious, political, military systems and
birthing out of this ...
were Butterflys...
ancestral Butterflys
Ancestors in the form of Butterflys...Itzpapalotl ~

For me, the mask allows for autonomy during the fall of the empire of the age of patriarchal man, man speak, and man spread ... this could be any woman, this could you or me, speaking in terms of infinite potentiality,
in the Nowness,
time of metamorphosis.
Speaking in the Voice of the Feminine,
this voice, that rumbles n moves with the earth,
that sings with the winds,
that weaves with the seasons,
that flows with the rivers,
this voice a timeless voicing Power
of the life giving wilding nature of the original instructions
from the Sea of Emergence ~

Am not naive enough to think that the Zapatistas give a hootie about being part of the corrupt political system ~ rather this is a another Calling, 
for Now is the time,
when the women will lead and the men will protect and support us ~

yes the "prophecies" have been and are being fullfilled and realized ~

Yours Truly ~
Alis Itlatol

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Muses about moving energy, prayers in motion and renewing ancestral trade routes

Magpie Dreaming by Abril Mondragon

Good Morning Relatives, 
Morning Star prayers n blessings
for All Life is Sacred ~
and the Beautiful gift of Life from Creation ~

Am musing about moving energy, energy in motion, prayers in motion and renewing ancestral trade routes

being the prayer in motion
the "doing" as well as the inner movement of
conscious, aware, intention
is power,

what n how we give n live
this gift of living energy
is a woven tapestry 
of moving energy

this living energy
in whatever seen and unseen forms
is flowing through us, 
around us, within us
and is within all life

this living conscious, aware, 
intelligent, energy in motion - e-motion
is yOur "Spirits" of "Beauty"
that is made from the 
living life n spirit of the Elements of Creation

there is no "or" in Creator
creator is not a noun
rather Creation, Creationing
is alive, living, life giving life

We know the "Time is Now,
to Be the Prayer in Motion"
because we are moving energy
for the greater good of All Life

this movement answering the call 
for metamorphosis to occur
while a crumbling civilization's
matrix crumbles

to birth like butterflys during a
change that is and will continue
in the flow 
of nourishing life giving cycles
that are nourishing life

as we look over the horizon 
with ancestar eyes 
to renew ancestral trade routes
moving the energy of water, earth, light n air
the cosmic planetary bodies, within us
and with the tangible actions of energy in motion
for our cultural - social metamorphosis


“ In this crisis rich and poor will be forced to struggle as equals in order to survive.” 
Dan Evehema, Hopi Elder

So am going to invite you to not focus on what isn't, or why it's not...
rather ask yourself: What else is possible?

The formula for renewing ancestral trade routes is simple ...
you supporting n sharing n giving with x # of people and organizations
and x # of people and organizations nourishing you.
Reciprocity spiraling like a river of fibonacci waves
will break the dam of greed creating need.

and Share this post: 

Thank you for listening

Monday, August 14, 2017

Meet TAOS Studio Tour Artist, Abril Mondragon

picture: original and custom gourd rattles

As summer sun melts into the seeds 
of fruits promises renewing promises 
on forever’s horizon
of life giving cycles …

You are invited to Life Way Artist, Abril Mondragon’s home studio for the 
annual TAOS ( Taos Art Organization) Studio Tour, Sept 2nd, 3rd, and 4th 2017
#36 on the tour map: 

Abril’s Visionary and Traditional Arts are a tapestry woven from life ways passed from generation to generation and the process of resilient beauty born from the dance and journey of Life giving, to Life.

Her arts range from the mystical to the practical and are deliciously enhanced from her experience as a local, regional and international storyteller, speaker, healing and ceremonial arts practitioner, educator, and self published poet, author and media artist. 

Prayers for the Dreamseeds of Creation 
Winter Solstice at Standing Rock 2016

For the studio tour she will be offering original acrylic paintings, limited edition giclee prints and cards, the Dreamseed Visionary Card collection, Gourd Art: Spirit Bowls, Boxes, and Rattles, and her fabulous Golden Bear Salve.

Grandmother of Blue Mountain

Come for Atole ( traditional corn drink), 
Come for a story 
Come to give and receive
Come to enjoy her Garden of Arts 

"Hummingbird 4 Direction Starflower" 
lidded spirit box - approx 8"  diameter 

Special, custom and gallery requests 
as well as Medicine Story and Speaking engagements 
are always welcome ~

Address: 13 Camino Coyote
~ * ~
Portions of the proceeds from her art allow her to support indigenous programs, participate with youth solution focused projects, and a variety of Councils and volunteer her services to the NMCD - Native American Spiritual Program. 

Please share this post with family and friends ~

Thank you for your sacred time and generosity. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The High Road to Taos: Water, Earth, Life and Kleptomania

The High Road to Taos:

Water, Earth, Life and Kleptomania 

(Kleptomania: The word was much-derided in 19c. as a fancy term for old-fashioned thievery and an opportunity for the privileged to claim a psychological motive 
for criminal misbehavior.)

Dear Earthlings,
By now everyone who has come to live here within the Taos Pueblo World, this Taos Mountain Watershed, understands "water is life", "agua es vida", the "Milagro Beanfield War" ... and maybe not ....about what this means to be a "earthling", child of earth, sun and innerstand that we are made from water, earth, breathwinds and light... and we can not live as healthy human beings with out this relational responsibility to, with, and for the Elementals, Mother Earth and All Life...

Maybe everyone knows about the TVAA, Abeyta and Adamont settlement's proposed 13 mega wells in the name of illusionary "progress", which is gaining more and more underground whispers from la gente, that Now is the time for a moratorium on the growth of Taos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque !

Oh my ! "a moratorium" ! how could this be even mentioned in the presence of economic growth as the story of the mega motel unfolds along with the proposed OHV ordinance, the ongoing corrupt deal between KCE and Tri County which hinders us from generating our own solar energy, and behind closed door town and county government deals, and of course the expanded airport to bring wealthy tourism flocking in herds to pave the way for another mountain casino .....

[ More information can be read in the archival posts by La Jicarita's Kay Mathews,  Taos Friction's Bill Whaley, and the previous Bear Muse's post may shed some light on local doings......]

Or how about the pipelines through Chaco or the methane fumes that can been seen by Nasa in the 4 corners?

So the "moratorium", is simply voicing the reality that humans are destroying nature by taking more than what is naturally given by Mother Earth.


In any dealings with government officials one must become a shadow boxer,
a ghost buster, or soothsayer in the realms where the government will or won't acknowledge, see, or act with transparency and relational responsibility for interconnecting causes and effects. (see below correspondence from a county commissioner, and game n fish)

Which certainly ....could make us look like fools, or rather the 
being fooled the context of : 
"only addressing the Bill Gov. Martinez passed in the NM legislature". 
How many times will we allow the fool and the fooled
to run amuck ?

While I may appear to be voicing concerns about a fictitious ghost...
Fact is that there is much mis-understanding and lack of clarity
regarding what OHV ers can and can not well as the confusing
information that law enforcement tells people, and does and does not do...regarding OHV riders on and off county and non county maintained paved and un-paved roads ~ as well as a total lack of acknowledgement to the destruction of nature (see petition).

I think this is an opportunity to have an OHV Ordinance that
does address Water, Nature and Culture .... all of which are necessary
for healthy communities now and for future generations to come....

To understand what I am meaning by "Culture" of originary human beings,
being Earthlings ~ please listen to:
Tupak Huehuecoyotl, Interview by Naomi Klein

May your day be filled with the beauty of Spring ~ and

please stand, innerstand, understand...however you stand with the love for Earth, Water, and All Life ~ and sign n share this petition....the voice of Taosenas and nos needs to be heard.... is time to rise up ~ the "commissioners" are here to serve for the protection and health of water, land, nature, life and all Peoples ...



FYI. Also, a county ordinance is on the desk of legal. I have not seen it, but we both agree to add language prohibiting off-road vehicle use on private roads. We will have to see if we get buy-in from the commission when it comes for a vote. I do not know when that will be.

Taos County Commissioner - District V

From: New Mexico Department of Game & Fish []
Sent: Thursday, May 04, 2017 4:19 PM
To: Candyce O'Donnell
Subject: Public comment sought on proposed changes to off-highway vehicle rules

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866
Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007


Public comment sought on proposed changes
to off-highway vehicle rules

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is seeking public comment on proposed changes to off-highway vehicle rules. The proposed rule changes follow changes in state law governing off-highway vehicles made during the recent legislative session.

The current rule requires all operators and occupants riding an off-highway vehicle on permitted streets and highways to wear an approved safety helmet. The proposed rule change will require only those operators younger than age 18 to wear an approved safety helmet and to have a state issued license plate attached to any off-highway vehicle operating on approved streets and highways.

The proposed rule changes can be found on the department website, Comments can be sent to<> and must be received by June 14.

Printed copies of the proposed rule changes can be obtained by writing to the Off-Highway Vehicle Program Manager, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, 3841 Midway Place N.E., Albuquerque, N.M. 87109. For more information, please call (505) 222-4728.

Dear ....,

I am sorry to tell you that we are not receiving public comments on ordinances for those communities or counties that wish to pass an ordinance to allow OHV’s on the paved roads they control.  The public comment we are looking for is what Senate Bill 51, that was signed into law by the Governor, has changed within the OHV ACT.  Primarily two things:  (1) changed the helmet requirement; when an operator is riding an OHV on paved roads as per an ordinance from all operators must wear a helmet to only those operators under 18 years old must wear one, (2) if using an OHV on paved roads as per an ordinance then that OHV user must purchase and affix the now required license plate for such activity in addition to the registration sticker they may already have purchased that allows that OHV to be used on public lands.    

I hope this help clarify the public comment we are seeking.


Matt Seidel
Off Highway Vehicle Program Manager
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish

Monday, April 17, 2017

NEW TAOS COUNTY OHV ORDINANCE whether you like it or not

whether you like it or not 
so says the Sheriff 

(OHV, Off Highway Vehicles, ATVs, Dirt bikes etc .....)

After hours just to make contact with a few of the commissioners today, 
giving me the run around about some fictitious "committee" working on an OHV ordinance? 
When it is only the Sheriff ....and he's "moving ahead with it" whether you like it or not. 

The Sheriff who respectfully upon my request sent me the ordinance he wrote
so i could read it  and kindly said for me to xyz, because "it has already gone to legal"
but oh wait...they don't have an attorney now? 
and sending it to legal somehow makes this piece of crap ordinance
legal and as good as god? ... 
God?, could we have an environMental impact statement on this?

If you know before I do and this comes up on their agenda, to get passed ...
Paleeeze let me know... 

This is what OHV riding is really about,

Dear Commissioners, 
After reading the proposed Taos County OHV Ordinance that has been sent to your legal department, 
as well as researching other Ordinances in other states ~ 

Am informing you that the ordinance does not include comprehensive consideration for private neighbor hood roads, private property, cultural, agricultural, livestock, beekeeping, noise, nature, migratory corridors, time limitations and acequia criteria, to name a few of the gaping holes in it. 

[ "private" means that the neighbors maintain the dirt road for all the neighbors and families...the county government does not. OHVs further destroy these roads, making financial impacts on maintaining our dirt roads and vehicle maintenance]

What the Sheriff's ordinance does say does say is that OHVs can ride anywhere in the County.

Am aware that some of you may be very pro OHV riding on any and all
private and county roads...and wherever and whenever the rider(s) want to.

However am inviting you to consider that OHV use is already available
in designated areas ~ and the impacts open OHV riding will have on
our neighborhoods, many of which are culturally rich, agri-livestock, 
and inter-dependent with of our natural ecosystem, having migratory elk, deer, and bird populations as well as the impact on tourism and property values ....

If you are not informed about national issues in both urban and rural
areas that have opened the door for OHV use ~ am encouraging you
to consider that if OHVers do this there, they will most likely do more of it here 
with the way the current ordinance is written. 

Please listen to what Colorado has to say about opening up for OHV riders....

And finally, please inform yourself about the impacts of OHV on our forests, rivers and natural habitats 

Children are riding and racing unsupervised, without legal gear, underage, on private and county roads, nearly missed crashing onto a car 3 days ago....and law enforcement has done nothing other than do a drive by.
If you approve the proposed ordinance, if a child dies or is injured, am letting you know that this is not doing your due diligence.  

If the county Sheriff's department can not handle what is already on their plate.....
why would you open the door for more accidents, that not if, but will happen. 

I encourage you to fully inform all of Taos County via radio, and newspaper, so that there can be a full public hearing on this issue.

Thank you for your service to Taos County
yours truely

So dear Taos Water and Mother Earth Protectors, what will you do ?
Maybe I'll get me a solar powered horse. 

~ BearSense

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Crow and Plum Tree

There are many stories about a time when the Standing Ones -Trees, began to disappear. Some stories said that they retreated to far off places of Mother Earth so as not to be found by humans. Another story said that  humans had killed all the Standing Ones. And other stories say the Standing Ones turned themselves into seeds, and went back to the unseen realms of Creationing's Dreams, and would be brought back by the Bird nations because Birds are kin to Trees, because Trees are Lifegivers of Breathwinds, Light and Medicines. 
This is a story about Crow and Plum Tree. 

Long ago ~
There was a man who wanted to be recognized for all he had learned and to pour water for the People in Lodge. The "Lodge" being a holy and sacred womb of the Mother that People may come into, to purify, heal and pray. The Old Ones considered the man’s request and sent an old Crow to see and listen to what this man had learned. 

After many months of observation, listening and sharing with the man, Crow invited the man to an opportunity to tend and care for a Plum Tree who was just coming into her life giving years of womanhood.

At first he said no he didn’t want to, because he didn’t like Plums, but he wanted to know what would be expected of him to care for such a Tree, and if he agreed, he would need to be compensated by the old Crow, for his care of the Plum Tree. 

The old Crow’s head tilted from side to side looking at the man, and then shared a little about caring for Plum Trees and Bears.  Peaked with interest, the man asked the old Crow to tell him more. The old Crow then gave him specific instructions about caring for Plum Tree, and a few comments about the bounty of blessings that come from caring for Plum Trees.

“I can do that !” the man said with tepid enthusiasm. 

The old Crow, then said, “Well you said you didn’t like Plum Trees, how do we know you will care for Plum Tree in a good way? The Plum Tree’s children will not be ready until long after I return, do you understand this?” The man then responded by repeating the instructions she had shared with him verbatim, and said that he understood all she had said. 

“Hmmm, well just in case you are in doubt about anything, my neighbor Ms. Quail has agreed to help you. Will you call on her?” the old Crow replied.
The man agreed he would call on Ms. Quail, and then the old Crow scratched some notes for him in the earth, and flew off to Ms. Quail's to let her know that she would have a visitor and that she would be back in a few days.

Upon the old Crow’s return she saw that the man had done exactly the opposite of the instructions she gave him. Plum Tree stood naked. The man had totally stripped the Plum Tree. Not one child remained with Plum Tree. He had taken all the green, not yet mature children, and packed them in boxes. There was no bounty of blessings, all Plum Tree’s children had died.

The old Crow, bundled the children up and took them to the mountains singing her laments for the Plum Children, apologies for her folly to the Bears, and then buried the children in the moist loam of the forest.

Oh holy little Plum Tree Children Seeds
Blessings on your journey back to Mother Earth
we are forever grateful 
for your giving and living ancestor medicine 
for Bears, Birds and Bees

When the man showed up for his compensation, the old Crow never said a word, and simply gave him what he understood, some money.

The old Crow pondered about what had happened and the man’s worldview about contraries. Humans will arrive exactly as who they are, she mused.  If human’s do not like Trees or a Tree’s fruit, how then can they like Women? Human’s do not have to “like” a fruit, to respect a Tree, any kind of Tree is a Tree of Life. 

What possibly may come from so many deaths? If i had not entrusted the care of Plum Tree, and had heeded the man's own words, then all those Plum children would not have died.  The old Crow prayed for many years and made many offerings, and waited for guidance.

Years later, in a far off land, old Crow found a woman named Plum Blossom. Plum Blossom stood near seven feet tall, walked with long leg strides and she glowed with the purple pink hues of sunset sky. Crow followed Plum Blossom to her village home and waited in a nearby tree. Soon Plum Blossom, came out of her home with a blanket,  pot of tea and two cups. After spreading the blanket, placing the tea pot and cups, she sat down an waited. Crow flew over and landed on the edge of Plum Blossom's blanket. 

"Greetings, and welcome to my home old Crow, please have some tea and tell me your tales," said Plum Blossom as she poured the tea. Crow cleared her throat and greeted Plum Blossom with gratitude for her generosity, and then told her the story about the plight of Plum Tree's children. In Crow's grief, she told Plum Blossom, that she wanted to find a way to make amends to Plum Tree and her children, and maybe in that way, humans would one day respect all trees.

As Crow sipped the smooth fragrant tea, Plumb Blossom replied giving Crow the Medicinal Seeds of Knowledge of Plum Trees to take back to people. Since then, Plum Trees have grown to be beloved by human beings. 

Alis ~ Itlatol
March 2017

Thursday, December 1, 2016

We are Daughters of Grandmother Earth and Sky

We are Daughters of Grandmother Earth and Sky
We are Artists of Life 

We are Earth, Water, Breath and Starfire Light
We are the Tree of Originary Cultures
We are the many faces and forms and flavors
of Creationings Life Giving 

We are Daughters of Grandmother Earth and Sky
We are Artists of Life 

We are Veterans of a War on the Feminine
Nature of Creationing 
that has been waged for 2000 years and more

Creationing is the Sacred Hoop of Life Giving
Giving Life

There are no future generations without her.

We are Daughters of Grandmother Earth and Sky
We are Artists of Life 

We are Veterans of a War on the Life Giving Feminine
Nature of Grandmother Earth

never underestimate 
Grandmother Earth’s intelligence
to put an end to this war
and life giving resilience for giving life

We are Daughters of Grandmother Earth and Sky
We are Artists of Life 


Women from across Turtle Island came together at The Oceti Sakowin Camp to facilitate workshops for three days in support of healing survivors of rape, abuse, and harassment. Daily healing circles were conducted to help create safe spaces for survivors to share stories. The events culminated in a march that brought awareness to the parallels between the abuse of kunsi/unci (Grandmother Earth) and women. Water and land protectors participated in making quilt squares for a special project led by Rebecca Nagle of The “Kik Ta! Wake Up” Project.
The Monument Quilt: a public healing space by and for survivors of rape and abuse. The Monument Quilt is an ongoing collection of stories from survivors of rape and abuse. To date, over 1,000 collected quilt squares have been displayed in 22 different cities across the US (read more on CNN and MSNBC). As the quilt continues to grow, survivors, loved ones and supporters are encouraged to make a square. In a culminating display in Washington, DC, 6,000 fabric squares will blanket over one mile of the national mall to spell “Not Alone.”
Special thanks to all the facilitators, Rebecca Nagle, Graci Horne, Deezbaa Andrea Marie, and many others who traveled to Standing Rock to make these events happen. Thank you for your commitment to bringing healing to our communities.
Siera Begaye
Tomas Karmelo Amaya
Josué Rivas Fotographer
Native American Meditation
"Lakota Women's Power Song"