Charles Manson had this thing, creepy crawly, or something. His followers said he’d send them on creepy crawly missions where they’d break into people’s houses while they slept and creep about quietly, going through their possessions, taking some cash maybe some jewelry. But generally the whole point would be that the household wouldn’t awaken and yet they’d know, in the morning, or at some point, that someone had been in their home. Opening drawers and closets. Taking their things. Watching them sleep.
That would have given him the heebie jeebies if he’d known someone had done that to him. But as it stood, it had given him a thrill to creepy crawl her house. Run his finger over the framed family photographs; swap them around. Count the coins in the cookie jar on the kitchen counter. He’d even added to the fund with a five dollar bill. He smirked as he imagined her puzzled reaction.
He didn’t take anything except one thing.
He lay on his bed and stared at it, turning it over and over again in his hands. The next time he went on a creepy crawly mission, he would leave her this thing that he had taken. A photograph. Of her. Asleep.
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According to the Department of Justice, one in three Native American women have been raped or experienced an attempted rape and a mere 13% of sexual assault reported by Native American women results in an arrest.
Now the Reservations are at the forefront of a new battle: to prevent their lands from being ransacked for energy extraction. The Navajo Nation is now facing the onset of fracking and a proposed pipeline, which will transport crude oil through 130 miles in Dinetah in the name of “economic development.
This is one group’s walk for survival:
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Over four million people have watched it on Facebook. From the opening credits and a Tribe Called Red’s soaring, brain hammering Red Skin Girl, this mini docu is hard-hitting and simultaneously uplifting and heartbreaking. MTV called it ‘powerful stuff’. The absolute understatement of the year.
Nineteen minutes of sheer, dazzling talent, revolution and rebellion featuring Nataanii Nez Means, Frank Waln, Inez Jasper and Mike ‘Witko’ Cliff. True Pride. Watch the trailer below. Watch it here in full. But just watch it.
When a vicious killer knows your worst nightmare, would you live it all over again to stop him? The Summer of the Witch – a Detective Karen Yellowtail novel. First in the This Glittering World Trilogy. Coming soon.
Are you ready?
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It is with heavy heart and over flowing sadness that I awake to a world without Doug Luzar.
Listening is more than hearing, love travels between the worlds like sweetgrass and music. Deepen your laugh and smile lines, they are the beauty of life. Drink deeply of the magic always here. Enjoy the scenery as you move along the River of Life. Pull your canoe up to the shore from time to time, pick and eat some berries and taste the sweetness of Creation. Take your time and don’t hurry.
Great Spirit, Maker of All Life. A warrior goes to you swift and straight as an arrow shot into the sun. Welcome him home. Have a good journey Doug Luzar, spiritual warrior, Elder full of wisdom and love, the sweetgrass is blowing in the wind, dancing between the worlds. We sure will miss your words of love. We sure will miss you.
Those of you who follow Detective Karen Yellowtail and her music choices (which, by the way, is music to write crime fiction novels by), already know that Karen stands for integrity, protection, dedication and pride. The music that she listens to is the same. It’s rebel heart, kick-ass warrior, true pride. Which leads me neatly on to Good Shield Aguilar.
Good Shield Aguilar is of Oglala Lakota and Pasqua Yaqui origin. He has been a visual artist as long as he can remember, but discovered music as a teenager and he has made music and art a grounding point from which cultural identity could be expressed and environmental causes could be addressed, particularly with the Yellowstone Buffalo.
Aguilar has worked with a host of Native American musicians and poets; from wordsmith/musician/rebel heart John Trudell to Mignon Geli on Native Flute and Johnnie Martinez on drums. He continues to work with Native rock band Walan Amana and with the Good Shield Aguilar 7th Generation Rise.
So, what is on Karen’s playlist? This powerful anthem to the wisdom of the buffalo. As of today, 410 buffalo have been slaughtered in Yellowstone this winter alone. The history of the buffalo is wound tight in the hearts and traditions of Native Americans. Please join Goodshield Aguilar and the Buffalo Field Campaign to stop the slaughter of Yellowstone’s wild buffalo herd, protect the natural habitat of wild free-roaming buffalo and native wildlife, and to work with people of all Nations to honor the sacredness of the wild buffalo.