T'kani was shaken. Xhe had just exited the auditorium, having watched the archival Terran video feed presentation. It was so archaic it was presented in greyscale 2D, with primitive 16 track audiofile. That was bad enough, to have to suffer through a presentation without auxiliary datafiles for clarification, and a tonal orchestration xer Instructor had referred to as ‘background music’ that had been emotionally manipulative and unnerving. But the subject of the presentation - vile! As if the species of the aligned systems would stoop to duplicitous protein harvesting of native sophont species! And then make a play on words about the abhorrent practice!
Truly, humans were a disturbed species!
Xhe straightened xer kilt, and glared at a passing human male co-student who glanced at xer appraisingly. “Your whole species is SICK!”, xhe howled, eyes flaring with pale turquoise. “To Serve Man, indeed!”
T'kani stormed off in a huff, small pale tufts of shed fur drifting in the wake of xer passage.
This was requested by the magnificent gift to our fandom, @redharvestthough. (Thank you for trusting me with your boi!) She asked for anything with Red Harvest.
“Maybe a woman from Rose Creek tries to find a way to say thank you to him after the battle? Maybe he opens up and shares a story or two around the campfire with the rest of the Seven?”
This is sort of a combination of those suggestions; and is set a few weeks after the events of the movie. It’s a story wherein Red slowly acclimates to not being on his own; and he is heroic in a bunch of small ways when warrior-like badassery is not a necessity. I hope you enjoy! (Oh, and the title is from the album by The Rolling Stones!)
Red Harvest rolled his shoulders as the late summer sun
beat down on them. He filled his lungs and exhaled, enjoying the heat and solitude
for a moment longer. The herbs he’d gathered would be a welcome addition to the
doctor’s stores. Now he had only to deliver them, and that meant returning to
town. Red spared a glance backward at the creek bed before approaching Jack. Lacking
any activity, Faraday’s stallion had begun to make a nuisance of himself around
the stable yard, and so Red was happy to intervene. Jack was stubborn, but once
Red had negotiated the horse’s ticklish flanks, riding him without a saddle
presented little difficulty.
Every Full Moon has a name and meaning. The name and meaning behind each Full Moon comes from things observed within Nature, and it is at these time our ancestors left us clues on what to do or what to expect at these times within the year. It is wise to get to know these names and meanings not only for celebratory purposes, but to also reflect on what our ancestors endured for their own survival and yours.
January- The Wolf
The cold still
night’s of January allows the howls of the Wolf to echo with ease, carrying the
calls far and wide.
In February the depth
of the snow is at its greatest, thus resulting in challenging hunting
In the month of March
with the beginning of the thaw, worm casting could be seen on the ground in the
The Crow caws the
beginning of Spring as it calls out for a mate.
The Crust Moon got
its name from the thawing and refreezing of patches of snow in turn forming a
The Sap Moon tells us
when the Tree sap is running with ease, and now is the time to tap the Sugar
April brings the
sprouting of the Spring Flowers and Grass.
The Birds have
started to prepare their nest for the coming of the Spring eggs, along with
some species of Fish begin to spawn.
May- Flower/Corn Moon
May is when the
Majority of Spring Flowers are in full bloom.
The May Corn Moon is
the time to plant the years crop of Corn.
June- Strawberry Moon
The Strawberry Moon
indicates the prime picking time for wild Strawberries.
July- The Buck Moon
In July the male Deer
(Buck) begins to grow the velvety hair covered antlers.
Sturgeon/Red/Green Corn/Grain Moon
The August Moon
indicates the prime time to easily catch the large Great Lake Fish the
Also named for the
red sultry haze in the night sky.
The Corn and Grain is
almost ready for harvesting.
Now is the time for
the Natives to harvest their staple foods, also with the brightness of the Moon
it extends the time of hours working in the fields.
October- Hunters Moon
In October the Deer
are at their fattest and ready for the hunt. The Fox, Rabbit, and Turkey are
easily spotted in the empty fields.
November- Beaver Moon
Now is the time to
set the Beaver traps as the Beaver and Muskrat prepare for the long Winter
months and before the ice thickens.
December- Cold Moon
The Cold Moon
represents the time when the nights are long, cold, dark, and the person
suffers from the feelings of being alone.
The Blue Moon
The Blue Moon is the name for an extra Full Moon within a Season. It has nothing to do with the colour it is just a name for an extra Full Moon. The normal Season experiences 3 Full Moons, and due to our 29 day lunar cycle the exact dates of a Blue moon varies.
Two books I’m very excited about. The first is Baker Creek Heirloom seed catalog. It arrived unexpectedly in the mail a little while ago and I’ve been flipping through its pages and day dreaming. The second is my wifes Decolonize Your Diet cookbook that she got for Christmas. Its full of plant based recipes for Mexican food using ingredients native to the Americas. The two books complement each other nicely. I’m compiling a list of seeds I’ll need for a native plant vegetable garden. Growing and cooking food native both to my culture and my locale has been an idea I’ve been mulling over for a while and I’m finally taking small steps in that direction.
Artist’s statement: First Harvest symbolizes the murder and harvest of native cultures. The corn is a physical representation of all the Americas and what it had to offer. The blood underneath the corn represents the murder and torture that natives had to endure.
Charbel Rizk, Reborn from Tragedy, digital print, 2017.
Artist’s statement: Reborn from Tragedy is a visual representation of the New World’s ability, before its contact with the Old World, to rise up from the ground and grow into something beautiful.
Tlingit-Athabascan Actor Martin Sensmeier Confirmed for Featured Role in Upcoming Denzel Washington Movie
I won’t add too much commentary to this newspiece, but one of my Man Crushes Mondays, Martin Sensmeier (Athabascan and Tlingit) recently joined the all-star ensemble cast of the remake of The Magnificent Seven. In the movie, Martin plays Red Harvest.