Now comes Eskimo-Kalaallit Elder Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq, a traditional healer, storyteller and carrier of the Qilaut (winddrum). By his own account, his life mission and spiritual task, given to him by his mother, has been to “melt the ice in the heart of men”.
On his website, he writes:
More wisdom from the speaking ice, as recorded in a recent interview:
A MESSAGE TO HIS HOLINESS, POPE FRANCIS
For more on the spiritual crisis of environmental unravelling, we highly recommend the below video of a recent program at Harvard Divinity School, featuring both Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq and Nainoa Thompson:
In full support of the extensive non-violent civil disobedience unfolding in London and throughout the world, we relay Extinction Rebellion’s Declaration of Rebellion, together with a few images from recent actions.
Time is running out; in fact, there is a large volume of data that suggests that time has already run out, and that we are now in the midst of an irreversible environmental unravelling. So-called elites must be pressured to rearrange their calendars, grasp the urgency of the climate breakdown, and declare an emergency. Even then, the challenges will be staggering and relentless.
Cheers to those thousands of extinction rebels for putting their bodies on the line, in the spirit of peace, and in ferocious love for the whole of life.
This week, we return to the voice of Leanne Simpson with excerpts from a longer essay published in 2016, critiquing the pseudo-reconciliation process launched by the “liberal” Trudeau government in Canada.
As Jill Stauffer so brilliantly demonstrates in her pioneering book Ethical Loneliness, a false reconciliation does nothing but retraumatize the victim while further entrenching the moral sanctimony of the perpetrator.
Images link to Simpson videos, also worthy of deep listening.
Now comes Baffler columnist Maximillian Alvarez with perceptive comments regarding what happens, and who benefits, in a world “in which the stilled machine of history has rusted under the monstrous weight of the permanent now.”
The entire essay is available for consideration at the ever-engaging Boston Review; a few excerpts below, with images from the memory banks of Robert Rauschenberg.
STONED MOON DRAWING
This week, we relay a passage from a remarkable conversation between two of the most indispensable writers in North America: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and Dionne Brand.
Images link to videos by Simpson.
HOW TO STEAL A CANOE
UNDER YOUR ALWAYS LIGHT
One of our (many) favorite passages from Brand’s searing Ossuaries:
On this day when global youth join Greta Thunberg on strike to demand that inept elders terminate their oblivious fixation on short-term metrics like GDP growth, metrics that have become irrelevant within the rhythms of the Sixth Extinction, we turn to geologist Marcia Bjornerud in a recent interview about themes explored more thoroughly in her book, Timefulness: How Thinking Like A Geologist Can Help Save the World.
Images are sculptural drawings relayed from the studio of Phyllis Ewen, from a series titled Deep Time & Terrain.
Now comes activist and historian Nick Estes, citizen of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, with excerpts from an interview following the publication of his compelling new book, OUR HISTORY IS THE FUTURE.
Images are from an essay by Charles Rencountre, outlining the genesis of the powerful carved sculpture he and his partner Alicia created for Standing Rock, from which we borrow this week’s title.
LOOKING STRAIGHT AHEAD INTO THE EYE OF THE STORM WITH NO FEAR
NOT AFRAID TO LOOK FACES THE LAUNCH PAD OF THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE.
ON THE HILL ABOVE THE FORMER SITE OF THE SACRED STONE CAMP AT STANDING ROCK
About the sculpture, inspired by a pipe that shows a similar figure on the prow facing the head of a white man that serves as the pipe’s bowl, Rencountre writes:
As for pitting a pipe against the pipeline, he writes:
Following a week that modulated between the trivial and the tragic, we turn our attention to a brief excerpt from Per Espen Stoknes’ remarkable Landscapes of Soul, dating from 1996, in which he tracks various myths of apocalypse, wildness and the city through history and human psychology.
We are grateful to DP correspondent Allen S. Weiss for directing our gaze to the work of Herbert Pföstl; two images below.
WILL NEVER RETURN
THE SKY STILL FARTHER AWAY
Pföstl offers the following vita:
painter of animals, plants, and saints.
what is collected here in fields of broken color, excavated text, and tones of concealment are signs and relics; ordered as paper memorials to stones and plants, to animals and saints.
emblems of landscapes and lives gone from this world. they are laid side by side with care, almost botanically, and mostly on paper that is rarely larger than a page in an old book.
there is no wish to simulate or eclipse nature. embracing a slow alchemy of things, in drama without movement, these histories of last walks, epiphanies, and petitions are fragmentary by principle; their harmonies structured in silence.
We will explore his exceptional body of work more thoroughly in a future DP.
During times when the lethal addiction of human supremacism becomes ever more acute, we turn to the regrettably departed (2018) philosopher Mary Midgley with her response to the question, “What does it mean to be human?” Her title: On Not Needing To Be Omnipotent.
Images are from the studio of Olive Ayhens, with prophetic visions of New York City that date from the 1990s.
THE STREAMS RETURN (1997)
EDGE CITY (1997)
AESTHETICS OF POLLUTION (1996)
In closing, a poem by Ursula Le Guin within which we found this week’s title phrase:
With or without us, there will be the silence…