Pagan Community Notes: Week of May 23, 2022

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The “Wilma Mankiller Quarter Release and Celebration” event will begin with a limited public release on June 6 in Tahlequah, the capital of the Cherokee nation. The reverse or tails of the quarter “depicts Wilma Mankiller with a resolute gaze turned towards the future. The wind is at her back and she is wrapped in a traditional shawl. To its left is the seven-pointed star of the Cherokee Nation.

Courtesy of the United States Mint

The neighborhood features the work of sculptor Phebe Hemphill and designer Benjamin Sowards.

His surname, “Mankiller”, in the Cherokee language, Asgaya-dihi (in the Cherokee syllabary: ᎠᏍᎦᏯᏗᎯ), refers to a traditional Cherokee military rank, such as captain or major.

Mankiller was first elected as Chief of the Cherokee Nation in 1985 and was the first woman to hold this position not only within the Cherokee Nation, but also of any major Native American tribe. She faced strong opposition because of her gender when she was nominated by outgoing leader Ross Swimmer to run as his deputy leader in 1983.

Despite death threats and other incidents of violence and intimidation, Swimmer and Mankiller were both elected. However, she fought an uphill battle as one of her main duties as deputy chief was to chair the governing body of the 15-member Tribal Council, in which many members were opposed to a woman holding the position. .

Rather than constantly fighting the council members, Mankiller focused his energy on other issues that would eventually transform many of the tribe’s policies and practices. She succeeded Swimmer as Chief when he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs. She ran for election as a leader in 1987 and won.

She was a strong advocate for Indigenous rights and worked to help instill pride in Indigenous heritage while educating tribal members and others about the cultural significance of the Cherokee people.

Under Mankiller, the number of tribal members increased significantly during her tenure, from 68,000 to 170,000. She expanded the Cherokee Heritage Center and the Institute for Cherokee Literacy and changed the way council members were elected officials, allowing better representation of the newly created districts.

Throughout his career, and even after leaving office, Mankiller received honorary degrees from Darmouth and Yale and was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998. His approach to education, providing access to services medical and health care, and continually fought for Native rights to manage their own federal grants and helped establish other sources of revenue for the tribe.

Mankiller died on April 6, 2010 from pancreatic cancer. More than 1,000 people attended his funeral a few days later.

“Chief Mankiller was the voice that first raised Native American tribes and tribal issues in this country and was the first female chief in a male-dominated role at a time when the Cherokee Nation was gaining a foothold after decades repression by the United States. government,” said Chief Hoskin, the current Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

“As we defend our sovereignty today, she was the trailblazer who stood firm for tribal sovereignty and treaty rights four decades earlier. She fought for civil rights and equality, and self-sufficiency for the Cherokee people, and was the anchor in establishing what has now become the largest tribal health care system. from the country. We are so proud that she is forever honored on this coin by the US Mint.

And now, thanks to Mankiller’s likeness being the upside down of an American neighborhood, youngsters may possibly find they carry the embodiment of his inspiration in their very pockets.

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GENEVA – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, issued a statement today: “The number of people forced to flee conflict, violence, human rights violations and persecution has now broke the 100 million milestone for the first time ever, propelled by the war in Ukraine and other deadly conflicts.

“One hundred million is a striking number – sobering and alarming in equal measure. It’s a record that should never have been set,” UNHCR Grandi said. resolve and prevent destructive conflict, end persecution, and address the underlying causes that force innocent people to flee their homes.”

While the 100 million figure is just over 1% of the world’s population, that number is roughly equivalent to the 14th most populous nation in the world.

Although the reasons why people were forced to flee their homes and even their countries vary, more than half of the 53.2 million internally displaced people were the direct result of conflict. or a war. Russia’s unprovoked assault on Ukraine has led to the displacement of more than 8 million people and the departure of 6 million from the country to flee the war.

“The international response to people fleeing war in Ukraine has been overwhelmingly positive,” Grandi added. “Compassion is alive and we need a similar mobilization for all crises in the world. But ultimately, humanitarian aid is a palliative, not a cure. To reverse this trend, the only answer is peace and stability so that innocent people are not forced to play between acute danger at home or precarious flight and exile.

23.7 million people were displaced in 2021 as a result of natural disasters and weather events such as storms, floods and cyclones. The majority of these displacements took place in the Asia-Pacific region.


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  • The submission deadline for the next issue of Granada: the international journal of pagan studies title Pagan Response to Health, Sickness, and Healing” is May 31, 2022. Details and submission requirements are available on the journal’s website.

In other news:

  • Historic England and the Cornwall Archeology Unit have discovered an underground circle inside the Cornwall Castilly Henge, near Bodmin. According to Historic England, the 225ft long by 205ft wide (68m by 62m) oval enclosure was built in the late Neolithic period, 3,000-2,500 BCE, forming a similar setting to an amphitheater for gatherings and ritual activities. . Project managers in Historic England had been concerned about maintaining the integrity of the site due to the fact that much of its earthworks were overgrown. The researchers believe that the circle, which is made up of seven points, as well as the henge, were probably “used for ritual activities”. The subterranean circle was discovered using ground-penetrating radar and earth resistance techniques, which use the passage of small electrical currents through the ground. Once the vegetation covering the area has been removed, the monument is again fully visible. This latest discovery has given researchers a better understanding of the complexity and significance of Cornwall’s history.

Crossings of the Veil

Paul Edward Clinco – April 16, 1948 – May 1, 2022

Paul Clinco was a man of many talents and interests. Born in Santa Monica, California, he developed an interest in theater early on, attending the University of California for theater and earning a degree in theater from UC Riverside. However, he later earned his MD from UCLA.

He completed his medical residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Clinco moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1977 with his wife, Judy Briggs. He was an early advocate of medical marijuana and also served as a hypnotherapist.

Clinco was a day doctor, but he never gave up his love of theater and performance. He continued to perform in plays and regularly played music at local clubs under the name “Professor Paul”.

According to an article by Arizona’s Daily Star remembering his life, “during a stint as a traveling ER doctor in small-town clinics across the Midwest, he spent his free time in Chicago clubs, playing blues and boogie-woogie music alongside of some of the greatest in town.”

Clinco was a Wiccan, a third degree in the Gardnerian tradition and a member of the Church of All Worlds.

He was also a member of the Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA) and knighted as Sir Gareth of Bloodwine Gorge.

Clinco loved storytelling and wrote a number of screenplays and short stories. He won first place in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest in 1987. He also produced and directed the first of two feature films, “Death Magic” (1992) and “Sweet Love and Deadly” (2008).

Clinco’s interests were broad and encompassed a deep love for history and esotericism. His ability to combine his flair for drama with fantasy, allowed him to share his love of culture and his fascination with many hobbies with those he loved.

What we remember, lives!


To note positively

As part of Education Africa’s plan to raise global awareness of the educational value of marimba playing, in 2012 the organization launched the International Marimba and Steelpan Festival. The festival has created an international platform for marimba and steelpan players in South Africa.

Although the origin story of the marimba is somewhat debated, it has a deep connection to African countries. According to the instrument maker, Yamaha, “The Zulu tribe in South Africa is said to have legends about a goddess named Marimba who created a xylophone with gourds attached.”

Another tradition cites a story of Queen Marimba presenting an instrument to a child who was blind and had physical disabilities but had the gift of foresight, with a hand-held xylophone or mukimbe.

The beauty of the marimba lies not only in its melodious sounds, but also in its accessibility as an instrument that virtually anyone can learn to play. Children with disabilities who might be unable or excluded from learning to play other instruments can learn to play the marimba.

This 2019 footage from the Goede Hoop Primary School Marimba Band in Boksburg, South Africa shows the joy of pupils performing Vivaldi at the International Marimba and Steelpan Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Tarot of the week by Star Bustamonte

Platform: transparent Tarot, by Emily Carding, published by Red Feather Mind, Body, Spirit.

Menu: queen of swords

The week ahead offers the potential for rational thought, “high principles and strong ideals” to drive the narrative. Be careful not to let logic dominate to the point of clouding sensitivities and compassion – balance is essential to progress.

Conversely, fabrications and even outright lies are likely to be deployed to manipulate for personal gain, to avoid accountability, or to attempt to bring down an adversary.

Decks generously provided by Asheville Pagan Supply.