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Thursday, December 14, 2006

an infamous anniversary, a good book

We had a sort of impromptu little party at Ellen's house tuesday evening before drum practice. Her good friend richard from New Mexico is here for the week, and since I had a good time in Taos with him this summer, we wanted to get together before he left. Apparently, Ellen and him decided what the heck, let's make it a party, we had several people come who wouldn't usually be there on tuesday nights, we had fried potatoes, bean stew, and fry bread, and had a good time.
All we have coming up is the men's prison this saturday (be there by 11:30), and of course Hamilton in January, plus of course regular practices, the next one friday the 22nd at Ellen's.
I forgot about it until now, but we just passed the anniversary of the Wounded Knee massacre (the original one). While I think it is always important to remember this, it is especially relevant to what is going on in the world today. Never forget, the Lakota were not killed because of going to war, or anything hostile, but because they were trying to practice their religion. When we allow ourselves to become intolerant of others beliefs, it becomes easy to dehumanize them. The next step is Wounded Knee.

I just picked up a classic book, A House Made Of Dawn, by N. Scott Momaday. I haven't read it yet, but it is supposed to be fantastic. When I read it, I'll tell everyone about it.


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