Skirt: The Issue – Part Two

Fist-Fight at the Sunrise Ceremony, circa 1996. Okay,there wasn’t any fist fight. Not out loud. Not with physical fists. But, i wager that, on some level, it looked just like a fist fight. What it was billed as was an interfaith ceremony. I was attending because i was working, at that time, with a Traditional…

Skirt: the Issue – Part One

Illegal religions make for subterranean ways of saying things. That’s the only way these religions can survive. And sadly, just as humans exhibit a natural pull toward organising our spiritual lives, we seem to find it al too easy to make the jump from sharing and coordinating our impulse to acknowledge Deity, to proscribing the…

Martha Plus 100: thoughts on de-extinction

Well, September 1st was the 100th anniversary of the death of the last known Passenger Pigeon. I was in Toronto in June, recording live poetry videos with Jorge Antonio Vallejos, aka Black Coffee Poet. I’d learned that Mimico, a modern Toronto area placename, comes from Omiimiikaa, ‘Place of the Wild Dove’ in Ojibwemowin. Jorge mused…

On Black Coffee Poet This Week

A somewhat self-serving shout-out to the mighty Black Coffee Poet blog. It’s my honour to lead off his week of Honouring and Remembering Indigenous Women. Check it out all week long for more great posts on the theme; and i hope you enjoy my labour of love, Washing the World. http://blackcoffeepoet.com/ My apologies in advance,…