EDITED VERSION FOR KVNF PAONIA, COLORADO
MUTABARUKA Voices his thoughts on COLUMBUS GHOST - A Jamaican (born Allan Hope, 26 December 1952, Rae Town, Kingston) is a dub poet. His name comes from the Rwandan language and translates as "one who is always victorious". He lives in Potosi District, St. James with his significant other, Yvonne, and their two childern. Mutabaruka continues to perform and write poems on every issue known to man. He's known for his expressions and lively performances more so than just the poems themselves. Some of his themes include sexism, politics, discrimination, poverty, race, and especially religion. Mutabaruka's stylistic form is in a way pathos related. He uses stories and experiences to get readers to think about issues in ways that they wouldn't normally think about them.
LARRY MERCULIEF Indigenous Elder for Modern Times -Merculieff will speak on indigenous elder wisdom and modern day personal to global challenges. Merculieff is an indigenous messenger and teacher. Indigenous wisdom keepers throughout the western hemisphere and other parts of the world have shared their wisdom, knowledge and prophecies with him, asking him to share their words with others. Issues related to cultural and community wellness, traditional ways of living, elder wisdom, and the environment are close to his heart. He recently chaired the indigenous knowledge sessions at the Global Summit of Indigenous Peoples on Climate Change attended by indigenous representatives from 80 nations.
SEVERN SUZUKI As a 12 year who froze the world for 7 minutes at the 1991 Earth Summit on Climate Change in Rio De Janero, Severn spoke about the apocolyptic results if we don't do as adults what we should have been doing all along. Respecting Mother Earth the way Indigenous peoples have continued to do for uncountable millenia.
TANYA FRISCHNER American Indian Law Alliance gave an informative speech regarding the Doctrine of Discovery and the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in 2006; regarding the way anthropologists and scientists perceive the age of Indigenous peoples in the western hemisphere, and the holocaust derived from Bartolome de las Casas. He became the first resident Bishop of Chiapas, and the first officially appointed "Protector of the Indians". His extensive writings, the most famous being "A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies" and "Historia de Las Indias", chronicle the first decades of colonization of the West Indies, focusing particularly on the atrocities committed by the colonizers against the Indigenous peoples.