Tag Archive | Navajo

‘My’ ‘Navajo Nation’ Decimated By 940 COVID Deaths To-Date!

by Anura Guruge


There wasn’t, because they were so persecuted & hunted down, that many to begin with — and by that I am only going back 18-months or so. Yes, they don’t help themselves when it comes to their health. Obesity & alcoholism & with that diabetes is epidemic. It is very, very sad. AND now COVID.

They can’t afford to lose this many, this quickly. Many, by nature, will be ‘elders’. With them we will again lose more culture, expertise, local knowledge & wisdom.

I wonder how many ‘Canyon de Chelly‘ guides MIGHT have died. Wow. I am trying to find out. Not good.

Please, at a minimum, share a THOUGHT for them.


My 2020 Thanksgiving post for MY Navajo.


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by Anura Guruge

Happy Thanksgiving 2020 While I Think About My Navajo & Their Holiday.

by Anura Guruge


Happy Thanksgiving 2020.

COVID-19 or NO COVID-19 many of us have more to be THANKFUL than others. Yes, at Thanksgiving I can’t but help think about my Native Indian brethren, & in particular the Navajo who I am extremely fond of — & can relate with.

So, don’t get high & mighty & jump on your high horse & accuse me of trying to spoil your Thanksgiving. SMILE.

Think of it in a more charitable way. SMILE.

Do you think THEY are Thankful?


My Greetings from last year.
Detect a theme? SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge

“More Than Frybread” (2011) Movie On Amazon Prime — Cruel, INSULTING Satire; Made Me Sad & MAD.

by Anura Guruge



Click for Amazon Prime Video listing.


Click for IMDb.com listing.


YouTube trailer


Why?

Because diabetes in endemic among the Native Indians in Arizona; with at least 20% of my beloved Navajo suffering from diabetes — with another 75,000 (minimum) suspected of being pre-diabetic.

Frybread & diabetes.

To make it worse, there is a segment, early on, when one of the contestants berates two of her coworkers for having an unhealthy lunch & reminds them of THEIR diabetes! Irony. Her doing the shouting — & her doing the frybread cooking — is borderline obese, if NOT outright obese. She probably has diabetes too.

Made me so SAD.

These POOR people.

They lack education, insight, MONEY & resources to understand & control DIABETES. I know. I have spoken to Navajo about it. I have bought them fruit.

It is a HUGE problem & FRYBREAD does NOT help.

That is what makes me so MAD. The last thing these good, decent people need is Frybread.

So, SAD.


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by Anura Guruge


 

Honoring Native American Marines (Including ‘Code Talkers’) — A Framed Jigsaw Puzzle.

by Anura Guruge


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I immediately recognized it, even without reading what it says on the bronze medal (bottom center) that this was about Native Americans who served. I was touched. It was later that I realized that it was a jigsaw puzzle and not a straight painting per se. It was mounted and beautifully framed. A real piece of art.

So, where did I see it. At our (i.e., Alton) famous ‘Swap Shop‘ at the local ‘dump’. There are some high-class folks that live around here. So, you often get high-caliber books and artifacts. I am always on the lookout. I was tempted to get this, but we have no wall space left and it would not get the visibility it deserves. So, I left it there hoping it finds a better home.


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by Anura Guruge


Will The ‘Canyon de Chelly’ Navajo See Even A Cent Of This $6.5 Million ‘Wells Fargo’ Settlement With ‘Navajo Nation’?

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the original from “The Hill”. Google for more.


My concern is very simple. Will individual Navajo, like those in ‘Canyon de Chelly‘ (some of whom I know), get any of this money as a stipend, or Will the ‘Navajo Nation‘ insist on spending it, on behalf of them, on supposed projects that will benefit them?

To be fair, I see the pros and cons of both ‘solutions’.

True, some of the Navajo, though not all, will just fritter away whatever they get, on trivials, and will have nothing to show for it in days if not the end of the first day. Yes, they can be irresponsible and juvenile with money. But, part of that is that many have never had that much.

On the other hand, though they are supposedly getting better, I do not trust the ‘Navajo Nation‘. I think they are irresponsible, often naive and (as with all organizations of this type) there is the inevitable corruption.

So?

I have never been (thankfully) a Wells Fargo customer. I know that they were forced to pay all sorts of restitution for all of their egregious crimes. What I do not know is whether some of these other settlements will DIRECTLY compensate Navajos who were cheated, abused and robbed directly. I want restitution, directly, for whatever they lost.

Well, I just wanted to get this out. I am powerless to do anything. I am but a concerned outsider thousands of miles away.

But, I care deeply for the Navajo and always want what is BEST FOR THEM.


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by Anura Guruge


Native American Tribe, In Wyoming, Get Back Their Ancient Hunting Rights Thanks To The Supreme Court.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the CNN story.


This is not my beloved Navajo BUT I applaud and celebrate each victory, how ever small, when it comes to all Native Americans. I can relate with them and to them.

This one, involving the Supreme Court no less, is a good one. Has to be with a BASIC right, that of hunting for food. They now have the freedom to hunt they enjoyed before the European incursion. That is how it should be. I am glad.

Another one for the Indians. Good for them.

That 4 Supreme Court judges voted against this shows the sad divisions faced by this country. This should have been a no brainer, BUT then again there is at least one who voted ‘no’ who has proven that he has been brain dead for decades.


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by Anura Guruge


Renewed Measures To Provide More Navajos, In ‘Navajo Nation’, With Grid-Based Electricity.

by Anura Guruge


Click image for ‘ABC News’ coverage.


Click to ENLARGE. The town talked about in this story. It is pretty remote.


More good news for the Navajos and they sure can do with as much as they can get.

On-demand, grid-based electricity is such a necessity. So much else depends on it — phone charging, Internet access, reliable refrigeration etc.

So, I was delighted to read about this. Must be so exciting. I hope it is affordable — because the Navajo are NOT rich. But, lovely people.

I hope this initiative dovetails with their new efforts to break into Solar Energy.


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by Anura Guruge


Australian ‘Mystery Road’ Detective Series On ‘Acorn’ Is Intriguing & Educational.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the ‘Acorn’ Webpage for this series.



Found it, like so many other gems on ‘Acorn‘, while browsing the catalog looking for good mystery/detective shows. Looked interesting and it sure has been.

We became addicted to ‘A Place To Call Home‘ on Acorn — which was Australian and set in Australia. ‘Mystery Road‘ shares that trait.

Tight, gripping, intriguing. Powerful, in-your-face characters. The mystery is set within an aboriginal community. That is the educational part. we have not had that much exposure to modern day aboriginal life and this show takes you there — in spades. Reminds me, very much, of the Navajos and life in and around my beloved Canyon de Chelly. The male detective is ‘BLACK’ — i.e., an aborigine. That gives it all a nice twist. He has a colorful past too.

We have only watched the first 4 episodes. But, they were good. I can’t wait to go back and finish the series. I think I will not be disappointed.


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by Anura Guruge

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‘Navajo’ To Their Credit (But Also Cost) Moving From Coal To Solar Energy.

by Anura Guruge


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This is a painful and initially very-costly strategic decision by the Navajo. They have relied heavily on revenues from coal but it has also taken a toll on their health — and, alas, they are no longer the hearty and healthy folks they once were.

Navajo land is PRIME for solar farms. They have such huge tracts of SUN-BACKED open space, unused with no habitation for miles. So, this is good. I am glad and proud. I want the best for the Navajo. Such wonderful people (in general).

Not sure how they will cope with the transition. They really do need money. Poverty is widespread.


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