Monday, April 2, 2018

Peace and War Games

image of wool blanket from the pendleton woolen mills

Awake:  A Dream from Standing Rock

His trailer was nestled at the feet of the mesa made of touching sky stone people , who protect the world of corn maidens. 
That day, winds blew sand seeds that smoothed the pathway to the trailer house, leaving no trace of those that walked before,
and gathered up around the bottom of the peeling turquoise painted door.
As I paused before knocking, I could hear a TV blaring rumpus inside.
He opened the door, smiling. “Come in, Come in, good to see you.”

Inside, the TV droned melee, was something I never heard in Gramma’s home.
After hugs n greetings we sat down on the couch. 
The TV blared voraciously as he went back to working on a carving. 
I glanced over at the TV, and it was a show about military strategy.
“Why are you watching the military channel?” I asked.
“Because we need know what they are doing, and how they think.”
I thought about this, and that he was carving beauty while listening.

We were raised in ways that nurture life and our “roles”, are about living
and sharing the culture and language of living peace, with every generation.
He was one of the most peaceful, happy people I knew, and yet I also knew that
he had been to war, had learned the way of the military as well as the ways of our people to be protectors of all life. 
A few generations ago, the people had few or no “warriors”,
so they made friendships with others that were defenders, 
to help protect us all.

Today, many more people are choosing to be protectors, yet are not like the military, and do not think the same way as the military. 

So on that day, the winds blew and our tracks were invisible to the human and technologic eye, 
we became the sand seeds of time, flying within the cloud nations raining upon the corn maidens 
who would one day, become corn women bearing children. 

~  *  ~

So maybe you will listen to this video and consider all the many ways we live and pass peace to the present generation, who will pass this to the next,
and that there are many peace full people who are also protectors, warriors, defenders of All Life ~
and that there are many paths to the place we call truth, peace, compassion and generosity that honors the beauty and sacredness of Life. 

Video: The Peace Games ...and other 4th-grade achievements

A quote from the book the teacher refers to in the video:
“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” 

And this:

Thank you for listening ~

Friday, March 9, 2018

Women Rise Up

for the 2016 launch of the national inquiry of missing and murdered women

Women RISE Up ~ 

May the movement of our personal and collective political actions be strengthened, guided and informed by our inherent Spirituality and Indigenous Cultures ~
May we realize the fulfillment of our collective cultural promises and “prophecies” at this time ~
and May we nourish the wise ways and life ways of feminine power, embodied by Grandmothers, Women, Daughters and 2-Spirits worldwide. 

This is a spiritual-cultural, emotional-intelligent movement, a journey, that we have been living and have been prepared for, for many many generations.  

We are not here for replacing the current regime with another regime of oppression, nor for the pendulum of swinging from one extreme to the other, though some would like to believe that this will continue to happen like the in and out breath of the cosmos, and will happen again ….as if in creations conscious, aware, intelligent energy in motion of infinite potentiality …there are not other possibilities besides a linear swing. So, my intention here, is to share with you something that am observing, about the RISE of feminine power...that nourishs the health of Earth and her Peoples.

Be it this side of the REZ or the other, this side of the US-Mex and US-Can imaginary yet militarily enforced borders, or internationally, the health of Earth, the health of the Elements, the health of Nature, effects the health of the human family, and vis versa. What we do to Earth and each other, we do to ourselves. The health of the village down the road, effects the health of neighboring villages. The health of parents, effect the health of the children and vis versa. 

We are looking beyond the systemic corrupt political system that peddles the same kinds of corrupted “solutions”. We remember how we lived and thrived before it’s system.  For example, instead of "universal health care" that could include traditional natural cultural practices and medicines…we are offered to pay for and buy health care coverage from Medicaid…which does not even include massage therapy! ….meanwhile Billions are spent on nuclear bombs, military and prisons ~ 
we are being thrown a crumbs, 
which is similar to Gov. Martinez -NM, who signed very quickly a bill to give the least paid teachers a raise ~ yes she got wind of Virginia state wide teacher strike, moving to Oklahoma, and knows NM is right "at the bottom" with them. However this is not only about "wages" and feeding our hungry children, the "curriculum" within the colonial schools is also corrupt. See we would like to be left alone and go about our self-determination, in fact we would like the colonial government to stop imposing their laws and criteria on our schools ... however, we know that the corruption has continued to encroach more and more on our spiritual-cultural-lands and sovereignty as human beings. 

We have been told, “that it takes time” to make changes, it takes time to include our indigenous knowledge and sciences, well “taking time” from whom and what? “Taking time” conceptually, is meant to mindfu you. We give and receive in the infinite moments of now and now, is all we really have in this moment, this now of simultaneous past, present and future ~ and we have been seeding, nourishing and growing this "time of change" for generations. 

There is a Call to “Clean House”, meaning that we need to clean out the corruption of colonial capitalist governments locally, regionally and internationally, as well as the imposed colonial puppet governments within Indigenous Nations. This includes, the People's thinking about leadership and the structure of government, education, economics, etc. 

So let us, begin to support and place women and men in these “houses” who will clean them out as well as act on this opportunity to replace- change-heal the very structure of the corrupt colonial- capitalist -political- educational-systems that have oppressed our Peoples worldwide, for generations. 

May this be one more step in embodying relational responsibility, balance and harmony in the movement of Peace with Grandmother Earth, All Life and the unity of the human family, as well as for our cultural regeneration.

Please give a read of this information I have collected for you as well as about the 4 candidates that are very important to support, imo. 
What is also important is that the cultural leadership, knowledge, and coherent vision of these Women need to be heard for the cultural landscape of leadership to change. We can no longer afford to give more "time" to the same corporate female or male voices.  

“There are 500 women that have stepped up to run for office in 2018”

However this is not nearly all of what is going on ~
So i took a look at the current stats for US seats, by gender, race, religion and age:

34,000 women have contacted Emily’s List
to be trained and run for office. Emily’s List only supports “Pro Choice” Democrat candidates.

has a goal of getting 250,000 women to run by 2030

Run for Something supports both female and male progressive candidates and they have a search engine to see who they are supporting in your state.

When I think about 250,000 candidates, with the potential to be put in leadership positions, some of my questions are:
Are they corporate-capitalist status quo? Do they think outside the box of colonial systemic thinking? What is their cultural knowledge? Do they see all children as children of the human family equally ? Do they respect and have reverence for Earth? Will they put a Turtle Island Department of Peace in place with authority to end wars? yeah I know the UN has not done it yet... however the International Treaty that outlaws the use, proliferation and threat to use nuclear weapons is a start of something good. And will they put indigenous people and organizations in place, for example in the EPA, that already have been and are protecting water, sacred sites, land, air , and will uphold UNDRIP ? Will they support the rescinding of the Doctrines and Bulls ? And in my wildest dreams they would at the very least know what the "Great Law of Peace" is....

Now the 4 Candidates ~

Eve Reyes-Aguirre for Arizona Senator

Deb Haaland
New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District
this district by the way has historically been very right wing ~
May she bring a breath of fresh air to the district ~

Paulette Jordan, for Governor in Idaho

Maria de Jesus Patricio for President of Mexico

if you like these women, please consider letting your relatives know about them.

Now some say, everything will change when i heal myself, or am spiritual and not political, or the Empire is falling so my time and energy is better given to XYZ.
All of these statements are valid, true …we need everyone to heal, and participate in positive ways for Peace to be realized ~

And, how did our local Town of Taos Elections go? The same old colonial- capitalist-economics was re-elected.  I live in the county, so could not vote for the town government. However, i feel a rumbling ... 

Thank you for listening ~

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