400th anniversary of the first treaty between Native Americans and the Europeans

Reblogged from http://lateralloveaustralia.com/2013/08/10/400th-anniversary-of-the-first-treaty-between-native-americans-and-the-europeans/

Today is the 400th anniversary of the first treaty between Native Americans and the Europeans who traveled here. The event is part of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, first proclaimed by the United Nations 20 years ago.
Today we’re celebrating 400 years of association the first Europeans to visit the Americas. “Four hundred years ago, we met with the Dutch on the issues of trade, peace, friendship. And we agreed at that time that we would establish a relationship of peace and friendship for as long as the sun rises in the east, sets in the west, as long as the rivers run downhill, and as long as the grass is green. Grass is quite green today, and the rivers are running, and so is the sun rising. So here we are, 400 years.
We’re going to have a 400-year-old handshake at—being met by the kingdom of the Netherlands, Attorney General de Vos and his wife, representing the counterparts of that original meeting, which is the grandfather, I would say, of all treaties made after that. This was the original agreement.”
“We’re concerned about the future, we’re concerned about the Earth — seven generations hence — and the conduct of people,” Oren says. “We wonder, how do you instruct seven billion people as to the relationship to the Earth? Because unless they understand that, and relate the way they should be, the future is pretty dim for the human species.” -Oren Lyons
May we all begin to honor our agreements with Mother Earth before it is too late!
Yours truly,
Four Arrows

2 thoughts on “400th anniversary of the first treaty between Native Americans and the Europeans

  1. Digger,
    Nice to meet you. You don’t mind if I address you as Digger? There’s something about the number that… ! At any rate Oren Lyons is an articulate, uncompromising voice for Mother Earth and all living things. You may have seen him yesterday on Democracy Now with Pete Seeger, another uncompromising man, now over 90 years old. These two men represent the wisdom of the elders.
    Thank you,

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