Music With a Message: Native Americans Foster Change Through Song | TakePart

Reaching a wide audience through their platform as performers, a group of Native American rappers and singers have created music with a message. MTV profiled four performers raising awareness about land degradation, violence against Native American women, and suicide rates for Thursday’s episode of Rebel Music, titled “Native America: 7th Generation Rises.”

“Rather than just talking to each other and telling each other about stuff, I mean, it sounds so much better in a rap,” says rapper Mike “Witko” Cliff. His tune, “Mutiny,” sheds light on police brutality in the Native American community.

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Learning to Speak Ojibwemowin (Ojibwe) Boozhoo Gaagiigidowin – Introductory Speech


LRInspire presents: learning to speak Ojibwe. Ojibwe is a Central Algonquian language spoken by the Anishinaabe people throughout much of Canada from Ontario to Manitoba and US border states from Michigan to Montana. It is centered around the Great Lakes homeland of the Ojibwe people.

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Work Continues on China-Backed Nicaragua Canal Amid Serious Opposition

sheer lunacy on a mega scale – nature will exact a huge cost for humans thinking they can do anything. The thousands who died from yellow fever from the disruption of building the canal in Panama will look paltry in comparison to what may be unleashed by this project. The end of the Mayan and other civilizations may well have come from similar foolishness. The danger? A new form of hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome. Hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS) is a group of clinically similar illnesses caused by hantaviruses from the family Bunyaviridae. HFRS includes diseases such as Korean hemorrhagic fever, epidemic hemorrhagic fever, and nephropathis epidemica. The viruses that cause HFRS include Hantaan, Dobrava, Saaremaa, Seoul, and Puumala.
Where is HFRS found?
HFRS is found throughout the world. Haantan virus is widely distributed in eastern Asia, particularly in China, Russia, and Korea. Puumala virus is found in Scandinavia, western Europe, and western Russia. Dobrava virus is found primarily in the Balkans, and Seoul virus is found worldwide. Saaremaa is found in central Europe and Scandinavia. In the Americas, hantaviruses cause a different disease known as hantavirus pulmonary syndrome.

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I have written before about the “systematic dismantling of Paradise” and have used the construction of a canal – cutting a huge swathe through nature reserves, indigenous lands, people’s homes and agricultural properties in Nicaragua – as a prime example in this hemisphere. The development also threatens the country’s major source of fresh water, Lake Nicaragua, one of Central America’s largest reservoirs.

A boat on Lake Nicaragua, which the canal will pass through. Yes, that is a (not entirely dormant) volcano A boat on Lake Nicaragua, which the canal will pass through. Yes, that is a (not entirely dormant) volcano in the background.

As is often the case, it seems, the project is almost certainly backed by the Chinese Government, although ostensibly the vision of a 42-year-old Hong Kong-based billionaire who has denied such connections and who apparently made his fortune in the telecoms business. But as one analyst said,”Big Chinese companies just don’t parachute down into Latin America.” Oh, and this company was only formed three years ago, by…

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