In Part 2, I introduced the Dongria Kondh tribe in India, and discussed a bit about their battle against a resources company to prevent a planned bauxite mine that would have had a huge impact on their land and way of life. Here I continue that story and sum up the themes I discussed.
The tribe eventually received support from various sources, one of them being Survival International, who helped create a documentary film “Mine: Story of a Sacred Mountain,” about the tribe’s life and this struggle. Survival brought in well-known British stars Joanna Lumley to narrate the film and Michael Palin help promote their cause. (6)
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The film shows that the Dongria Kondh people are autonomous and actually thrive in the area their people have occupied for centuries, contrary to the popular belief that rural tribes and those living isolated from civilization are all characterized by hardship. The proposal to go ahead with the mining project was denied.
This denial has set a precedent and now has an international impact for future companies whose intention is to encroach on tribal lands for profit.
The extensive research that was done throughout the tribe’s struggle brought to light the necessity of fully investigating the effects projects of large corporations have on tribal and native peoples and their way life.
Our Countries’ Harmonies Are Linked to Indigenous Peoples’ Healing
In North America, most of us were not taught and therefore have not been aware of the extent and repercussions of the abuses the Indigenous peoples suffered when colonists came from Europe in search of a better life and took over their land.
The settler’s conquests paved the way for comfortable lives for themselves, and now ours. To ensure we create a good and safe future for all of us it is important to acknowledge and address what our ancestors did as they settled.
It is arrogant, even ignorant of us to complain about immigration and how those seeking a better life are changing the cultural landscape while we have not righted the wrongs made when our ancestors not only changed the Indigenous peoples’ cultural landscape, but in many cases eradicated some tribes completely.
If we want a harmonious future with those who are now immigrating into our countries as well as ensuring that our laws and the spirit of them are upheld, we must connect the dots between how we acted in the past towards the Indigenous people we usurped, the karma this was created, and what we want for our future.
Past karma can be overcome – when we choose to hold to positive attitudes around similar concepts and if we address the repercussions of past negative attitudes and their actions.
We Must Be Wise, Hopeful, and Open to Alternatives
Most of us understand that we have to change our ways to protect our environment and we do what we can, but fully embracing sustainable living while at the same time keeping our mouths fed and our houses heated and/or cooled is a complicated issue; it will not happen overnight. In the meantime,
- we can educate ourselves;
- we can start making wiser decisions;
- we can support others in their quests for environmentally safer choices;
- we also have to believe in the possibility of creating a cleaner and safer world for our children and their children;
- while at the same time face the fact that some of what is familiar to us may disappear;
- and we do this by being open to alternatives.
For example, we can exchange our lush green lawns and properties that require much watering to those characterized by various decorative alternatives to grass and plants.
Kelowna, B.C. (a dry, arid area in the Okanagan valley) has some beautiful properties that use a combination of different colored pebbles, small rocks, mulch, and small flowering and cactus-like plants and shrubs to create beautiful gardens. I’m sure other dry arid places have adopted similar practices.
With a little foresight and imagination there are many alternatives we can implement that are better for the Planet and that will also satisfy us – we just have to be a little flexible and open to new ideas.
Ideas and insights like this will start to be birthed in us once we make the decision to do what we can for our home. Gaia wants to survive – to thrive.
The energy of the planetary evolution we are in is inspiring us to reach for viable alternatives.
There is enough of what we need for all of us to go around, we just have to use what our Planet has bequeathed to us wisely – as the Indigenous peoples are asking us to do. (See below for links to my articles: Planetary Evolution and The Concept of Enough) ).
Eisenstein also tells us that the Indigenous mission has not been to change the world, but to act as a signpost showing us the way.
And although many tribes have disappeared, and most of them and many of us are saddened by this, their assignment was only to continue to exist long enough to show us how we as humans can live in reciprocity with nature and Gaia.
He says that as a whole, they have no awareness of this, but they do feel and have felt sorrow and the unfairness of what we have put upon them and the Planet.
As we all should! Not to focus on past mistakes based in ignorance – but using newfound knowledge and understanding to look to creating a better future for all of us.
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~ Rosemary McCarthy© originally August 2018, updated Nov 16, 2020.
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(6) Mine, Story of a Sacred Mountain, narrated by Joanna Lumley, (Survival International) http://www.survivalinternational.org/films/mine
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