Please note that the mailing address and phone number in top right is no longer valid. Any @sacredroad email address is no longer valid, due to spam overload. To contact us, please use the following email: saq...@gmail.com (click on 3 dots and solve captcha problem to reveal address, sorry we have to do this to avoid spam) Please write "Saq' Be'" in the subject line. Phone:505.216.6766 NOTE: This is the contact info for the Saq' Be' organization ONLY, not Carlos or Lina Barrios. Carlos Barrios can be emailed directly at: maya...@yahoo.com
With the seemingly ever expanding spread of globalization and the subsequent thrust towards cultural homogenization, spiritual practices and traditional way of life are being threatened for indigenous peoples around the globe. This is a forum for Indigenous peoples and others who are intimately involved in the struggles to preserve some of the greatest wealth on this planet: traditional wisdom and cultural diversity. In some instances names of actual peoples involved are withheld due to threats to their welfare made by governments and corporations. It is the hope of this organization that these articles become a call to action, for their readers to become involved in the efforts of this and other organizations to help preserve what is great and to stand up for our brothers and sisters around the world and for our mother earth.
UPDATE 2/14/06: The community of Santiago is still in desperate needs of donations
as the people are suffering the long term effects of the devastation wroght
by the hurricaine. We have nbeen asked by the Cofradia to continue to collect
send funds. Please see below to make a contribution if you have the means.
a result of the flooding and mudslides caused by hurricane Stan. Many people
left homeless and hungry. These are disproportionately the Indigenous peoples
of the region. In the area of Santiago Attitlan, where Saq' Be' has traveled
many times and worked with the community, the devastation was particularly
fierce as a large part of the population have been left homeless. The family
Antonio Esquinas, the medicine man who was recently assassinated, was lost
to the mudslides just outside this village. We have been asked by the Cofradia
the region to help by raising funds to directly support the community there,
as they continue to struggle to survive with their daily lives. We are grateful
as we have already sent nearly $2,000 contributed by friends of Saq' Be'.
These funds will be able to reach directly to the community where they are
For those of you that are moved to make a tax-deductible contribution to
help the people of Santiago in this time of need, please do so by either sending
check to: Saq' Be'
PO Box 31111
Santa Fe, NM 87594
(please write on your check that it is earmarked for Santiago) Or visit here
to make an online contribution (again, please indicate this a contribution
for Santiago): Here
From SAGE Council: As the City of Albuquerque commemorates its tricentennial, a celebration of our multicultural heritage, it simultaneously begins construction of the Paseo Del Norte road extension through the Petroglyph National Monument, a Native American sacred site. SAGE Council asks your participation in a March to Give Homage to the Petroglyphs, to commemorate those who have fought this 10-year struggle and to acknowledge the difficult work of sacred sites protection here and elsewhere. We ask your help in spreading the word about this important event. Please post the details of this event on your organization's blog and/or website and please notify your contacts, members, friends and family. Sincerely, Laurie Weahkee, Executive Director Stand With Us! We ask our friends and allies to join us as we pay our respects to this sacred place, commemorate the years of struggle we have endured together and celebrate over 300 years of survival. Organizations interested in endorsing this march are encouraged to contact Roberto Martinez at 260-4696 or firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Wednesday Nov. 16th. We are asking endorsing organizations to bring members, families and friends to the march. We encourage you to bring along a banner to identify your organization. We also welcome additional volunteers, snacks and/or donations. The March begins at Pueblo Montano Park at the entrance to the bosque open space, off Montano just east of Coors. The March will culminate with a rally at the Petroglyphs with speakers, prayers and song. Transportation will be provided back to Pueblo Montano Park. Restroom services available. Please dress appropriately. For more information, visit: www.sagecouncil.org
In every corner of the world, people have held certain places to be sacred: places
that hold special meaning, where prayers are offered for the betterment of
the community and the planet. These can be natural places such as mountains
or include man made structures such as altars and temples. In this modern era
of globalization where development is sought at all costs, places held sacred
by cultures for thousands of years are being sacrificed in the name of "progress".
But those that recognize the cultural and spiritual value of these sites are
still with us and they are fighting to resist the trend to pave over their
places of power and worship. Such an effort is happening at a heated pace over
National Monument in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We recently spoke with Laurie
Weahkee, executive director of the Sacred Alliance for Grass Roots Equality
about the importance of the area, the threats being faced and the resistance
that's been organized.
For so many of those reading this, the lands of Latin America may seem like
a distant place and the Amazon basin like a remote exotic location that bears
little relevance to our everyday lives. The reality is this region holds great
relevance to all of our lives, on both the physical level as well as a symbolic
and spiritual one. The Kichwa community of Sarayacu, located in the central
Amazon Basin in Ecuador, find themselves on the front lines in the struggle
for preserving a natural and traditional way of life in the face of the continued
drive to conquer Nature in the name of profit and greed. Sarayacu is a strong
community, and one that survives to this day in part because of the citizens
of the world who recognize they share an intricate connection with the people
and have raised their voices to holdup the actions of petrol companies that
would see the forest leveled and the people destroyed in the name of oil. Yet,
unless the eyes of the world continue to carefully watch the unfolding of events
in this region, and the stream of letters, emails and phone calls continue
to flow to let governments and companies know who is watching, this place of
life and magic can cease to exist.
On November 2, 2004, Albuquerque will vote on another Street Bond election
that would fund the proposed Paseo Del Norte Extension through the Petroglyph
National Monument in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Every tribe in New Mexico has opposed this road project. The All Indian Pueblo
Council-representing New Mexico's 19 Pueblo tribes; The National
Congress of American Indians-representing tribes across the United States;
and the Navajo Nation-representing the Navajo people nationwide, all
oppose the Paseo Extension. The National Congress of American Indians is one
of our primary supporters for this campaign.
This update comes directly from SAGE Council, a Native organization based out of Albuquerque, NM. They have been fighting very hard to prevent a road from being built through the center of the Petroglyph National Monument, a site sacred to many peoples. Further information including contact information for SAGE can be found at: www.sagecouncil.org
UPDATE: The Petroglyph National Monument
NM Governor Bill Richardson
As many of you know, Governor Bill Richardson went on a tour of the Petroglyphs
with the East West Conciliation Committee. On that tour he said he would not
make a decision regarding the Paseo Del Norte road extension until after the
Democratic National Convention (DNC) which will be held early next week in
Several SAGE Council members were attending a fundraiser, when they asked
Gov. Richardson what he was going to do about the Paseo Del Norte road extension.
He basically said that we were not going to be happy with his decision. Thus,
we're working to put pressure on him prior to the DNC. We've begun
raising money to put a full page ad in this week's Albuquerque Journal - An
Open Letter to Bill Richardson. This letter basically asks him to be a pro-civil
rights leader and protect the Petroglyph National Monument, a Native American
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Open Letter to Children of the North
Wednesday, September 10 2003 Contributed by: Admin
This is a message delivered to the people of North America from Juan Santos in Peru. Juan Santos is a chacaruna, a "bridge person", one who is a vehicle for the interim infrastructure of the present Indigenous movement. His work is to fulfill the social, moral and legal needs of the people according to their spiritual values and tradtions. He is one of the many people working with the Indigenous communities of the Andes. In the region of Cuzco he is committed as a dignitary dancer with the nations who make the pilgrimage to the sacred mountain of Qoyllor-Ritti. He is Quechua.
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The Burning Sky
Wednesday, September 10 2003 Contributed by: Admin
Birds are dropping from the hot tarnished sky onto the congested streets of Mexico City. Treetop nests empty of baby birds plunging to their deaths as chainsaws and bulldozers terrorize the Amazon Rainforest trailblazing an insatiable path to feed the hunger for oil and fast food beef. When the World Trade Center was hit, thousands of birds fell to the ground, their wings burned off and their bodies still on fire joining the other trapped spirits in debris that extended for blocks.
Manuel Pan Ju Lux is a Mayan Ajq'ij, or priest that comes from the village of Chichicastenango in Guatemala. Saq' Be' sat with Manuel while he spoke of his life and struggles upon his path that led him to becom an Ajq'ij and member of the Cofradia.