Saturday, August 9, 2008
Saturday Progressive Blog Roundup - August 9, 2008
I'm down on the Kenai Peninsula for the weekend, listening to the Kenai Peninsula Symphony Orchestra's Kenai and Homer Concerts. More on that tomorrow.
Writing Raven, at Real Alaska, is featuring a series, called Alaska Native Myths and Legends. It isn't about the stories behind the icons on totem poles, the fragments of stories by Shem Pete, or variations on Volcano Woman. It is about how non-Natives misperceive our first people. time and time again. She has written three parts now, and they are very informative, quite perceptive.
Writing Raven also continued her set of essays about violence and sexual abuse against Native women and Alaska Native women. And, she used the court decision in the Cobell case to begin to observe how little works effectively in our various government bureaus, departments and agencies, when it comes to Native Americans. As bad as it often is in Alaska, things are often far worse for First Peoples in the lower 48.
Celtic Diva wrote the best locally penned profile yet, of AK-AL U.S. House candidate, Diane Benson. This was during a week when Diane was also profiled by The Nation's editor-in-chief, Katrina vanden Heuvel. While interviewing, Benson, Celtic Diva and the candidates discovered that they had once - a while ago - been friends.
Note: this article was to be longer, but the internet in Homer was quite sporadic, and I timed out on Saturday.
image - jumping Coho, outside of the spawning lagoon at Homer Spit