janna: October 2008 Archives

The daughter of a migrant worker father and artist mother, Lhasa De La Sela grew up crossing and re-crossing our southern border with her family in a converted school bus. Her nomadic childhood led her to eventually write songs that resonate with the footsteps and sorrows of the reluctant adventurers who continue to make their way to el norte. She sings with a devastating beauty that reminds me of Janis Joplin and Fiona Apple. 


American Harvest, Now on DVD

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American Harvest pie.jpgWhite Hot Films has released its ground-breaking documentary, American Harvest, on DVD.

Celebrate First People

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Columbus Day is a loaded holiday for many, full of painful remembrances of vanquished peoples, dominating cultures, ethnic cleansing and genocide on the one hand, and parades and national pride on the other. In Spain, it is El Día de la Hispanidad, and in Mexico, El Día de la Raza. I see it as a day to learn some history, reflect, mourn, and look forward hopefully to a future that does not include the repetition of past atrocities.

Whether you're trying to decide how you feel about the holiday, or quite sure how you feel and would like the opportunity to celebrate and mourn at the same time, I recommend a visit to Never In Our Names for their featured writings Celebrating First People. The contributors focus on our history, including the story of Golden Flower, Taino Princess, by a talented young writer, and The Trail of Tears. The implications of Columbus Day on our present-day treatment of people and a more accurate version of Columbus' "discovery" than we were taught in school make for satisfying, enlightening reading.

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