Navajo – The people’s language
You’ll have no doubt heard Klee’s father, Jones, speaking Navajo, and many others introducing themselves and their clans in Navajo during episode 13 of Konnected.tv. The Navajo refer to themselves as Diné, which means “people”, and the Navajo language as Diné bizaad, which means “people’s language”. Navajo is a Southern Athabaskan language of the Na-Dené family.
Navajo is mainly spoken in the southwestern United States and is one of the most widely...
The Long Walk – The Navajo’s Trail of Tears
In the early 1860s, Americans of European descent began settling in and around Navajo lands, leading to conflict between the US and the Navajo. Believing that the Navajo were causing unrest in the area, Brig. Gen. James Carlton, commander of the Department of New Mexico announced his plan to relocate them to a desolate area close to Fort Sumner. His plan was to assimilate them to “white America”, by teaching them to farm, instructing them in Christian ...
Native American jewelry – A traditional craft still going strong
Although you saw Klee working with contemporary mediums in episode 13 of Konnected.tv, he is also a silversmith and leather worker, keeping his Navajo culture alive. When most people think about Native American jewelry, they think about silver and turquoise, although these might be the most common examples you can find in the 21st century, they certainly weren’t the materials used thousands of years ago.
Historically, jewelry was m...
Frybread – A testament to survival
Frybread originated when the US government deported the Navajo to Bosque Redondo. Starting in 1864, they marched thousands of Navajo at gun point over 300 miles to an area close to Fort Sumner, during what is commonly known as the Long Walk of the Navajo. The area chosen to house the Navajo was only 104 km2, nowhere near large enough for 9,000 people. They couldn’t grow enough food at Bosque Redondo, the land couldn’t easily support the Navajo’s traditional sta...
Church Rock Spill – A toxic legacy
On July 16, 1979, the tailings disposal at United Nuclear Corporation’s Church Rock uranium mill, in New Mexico, breached its dam. Over 1,000 tons of solid radioactive mill waste and 93 million gallons of acidic, radioactive tailings solution flowed into the Puerco River. These contaminants then travelled 130 kilometres downstream to Navajo County, Arizona, and onto the Navajo Nation, wreaking havoc and leaving a toxic legacy.
Shortly after the breach, radioact...
Klee Benally is a Diné from Black Mesa, Arizona, who currently lives in Flagstaff. A self-proclaimed Indigenous anarchist, he has spent the majority of his life on the frontlines of struggles to protect Indigenous sacred lands. In every aspect of his work, Klee fights for a livable and healthy world.
Klee uses several different means to fight for the rights of Indigenous people, as a musician he has performed for over 20 years as a solo artist and with the Native American Music Award winning rock gro...
Photos: Konnected.Tv and local Nasa journalists filming the families that are now re-occupying their land and planting food for their families.These fields used to be sugar cane plantations used for fuel production. Land claims in Colombia is about liberating Mother Earth from exploitation, mining, agro-industry, etc. It's profound concept and puts Mother Earth first above all. Many people were/are being killed for the liberation of Mother Earth.
Colombia's Peace process with guerrilla group, FARC, gains wide support But in 1996 a Nasa Indigenous community signed a peace treaty with them. They are not for left or right ideologies, they want to liberate Mother Earth
Logging in Ayoreo territory, including the non-contacted areas, continues despite Indigenous protest