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Lake Shawnee Amusement Park (Princeton, West Virginia) 

ADDRESS: 4213 Beckley Road, Princeton, West Virginia 24740 USA

COORDINATES: 37.406050, -81.142372

Lake Shawnee Amusement Park was established around 1920 by Conley T. Snidow. The amusement park was abandoned in 1966.

This amusement park is called “The Cursed Park”, and for good reason. On the amusement park grounds, archaeologists discovered a massive Native American grave complete with several artifacts. Thirteen bodies were discovered on the property, though archaeologists believe the number could be upwards of 3,000. Many people attribute a curse to the mass grave, which could explain the six deaths that occurred in the amusement park during its years of operation, including a six-year-old girl being hit by a truck on the swingsets in the last photo. 

The current owner, Gaylord White II, says even he’s experienced strange unexplainable sights, feelings, and especially sounds. In 2005 while filming the popular ABC show Scariest Places on Earth, the entire crew, including one psychic, refused to set foot on the grounds at night, saying that the “spiritual energy [was] too strong,” and claiming to have heard drums and chanting.

Although they are presented as harmless, goofy explorations of inane historical side-notes, cable TV specials such as Ancient Aliens and The Lost History of Ancient America normalise expressions of racist intellectual attitudes towards native peoples.

Their basic premise remains: ‘These primitive brown people couldn’t possibly have contributed to our cultural history! It must have been [aliens / giants / prehistorical Europeans]’. Indigenous peoples in North America, Latin America and Africa were practical metallurgists, experimental chemists, civil engineers and urban planners - restoring native peoples to their factual place in human developmental history reveals a dazzlingly beautiful archaeological narrative which throws grubby crypto-fascist conspiracy loons into the shade. 

Busting these absurd, revisionist ahistories is an anti-racist duty.

Highly intelligent and resourceful, raccoons are one of the most widespread mammals in North America. They have adapted to live in forests, mountain areas, coastal marshes and even urban centers. In Native American legends, they are known as tricksters and mischief-makers. Their characteristic masks and dexterous paws make them seem cute and approachable, but never forget that they are wild animals. Photo by Gary Miller, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Recently I’ve been listening to some great podcasts and to my surprise, there are a lot of First Nations related ones! This is so inspiring to me, as I myself have a radio show on my Reserve and I think these are great topics to mention. Also one day, when I get my own website/blog up and running, I hope to make my own podcasts too! If you’re interested in listening to some that are Native-related, here are 7 that I recommend.

1. CBC’s New Fire by Lisa Charleyboy

Lisa is a blogger and social media trailblazer for young Native women. Also known as Urban Native Girl, Lisa talks about a wide variety of issues Natives face in a urban, modern day society. This is also a CBC Radio podcast so it’s great quality.

2. CBC’s Unreserved by Rosanna Deerchild

Unreserved touches on history, current issues and reconciliation in her CBC podcasts. She also celebrates successful and inspiring First Nations authors, educators,  athletes, and musicians.  

3. Kanata Pod by Indian & Cowboy

Kanata Pod is a new series that features activists and creators focused on the next 150 years of Canada. They also talk about Native representation in the community and in major media

4. Stories From the Land

Stories from the land is a wide collection of stories from different individuals from different First Nations communities across Canada. With these stories, they aim to connect all tribes with teachings and philosophy 

5. Red Man Laughing by Ryan McMahon 

Ryan McMahon shows the importance of Native humour in his podcasts. It’s something we Natives can all connect with and learn from. While being humorous, Ryan also tackles important issues such as reconciliation, youth, and families.

6. Media Indigena by Rick Harp

Media Indigena is a weekly program where a roundtable of Indigenous people talk about current issues in society. They talk about huge issues the mainstream media is too afraid to talk about and they keep it very current.

7. Missing and Murdered: Who Killed Alberta Williams?

Also a CBC podcast, this podcast is important as it goes in depth into one of the cases of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada. It shows first hand of the ignorance and tragedy towards the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women cases. In this case, Alberta Williams was found dead along the “Highway of tears” (A highway in BC where many, many other Indigenous women were found murdered) in 1989 and they’ve never found her killer. Nearly thirty years later, the family and a retired cop find new evidence into solving this heartbreaking case.

There you have it, that’s what I’ve been listening to lately! I haven’t listened to every single episode yet but that’s what I’ll be doing for the next week or two lol. If you’ve listened to these as well let me know what you think! Also if you have any suggestions let me know :)

Bye for now!


foreverthesickesttbitch  asked:

Fuck off, I saw your comment on my post you reblogged of a good friend of mine wearing a native headdress. I myself have native american blood, part of my family is Choctaw Native American. I am also Jamaican & Cuban, though I look like I'm just a black female. So I bet if it were me wearing the headdress you would bash me too, thinking I'm mocking a culture when actually it's in my blood. Quite possibly hers too & many others. Shame on you. Culture is meant to be celebrated, not to divide!

Choctaw never wore those type of headdresses btw.
If you want to bring blood into it.

I’m the great grandson of Chief Whippoorwill signatory to treaty 1. Also the great grandson of Carries the Pipe from the former Pembina Chippewa, Basically Northern Plains Anishinabe….Along with several other Chiefs and headmen going back to before the reserve era. I’m also a Status Indian in Canada with ties to the White Earth in MN. 

I’m the nephew of an Aunt and Uncle who were activists since the 1970s in groups like the American Indian Movement. I’ve been carrying on their more peaceful community work since 1998. (long haired me from the old days) 

Super disrespectful to people like me who work to earn their feathers. If I've been working in the community for years and only have one (two technically) What gives you the right to talk down to actual ones who earn theirs?

So to recap.

You just told an actual northern plains native whose culture you’re disrespecting to fuck off.

You just told a native man who lives in an area where native women are going missing at such an alarming rate its brings national headlines to fuck off

You should told a urban native who has to put up with white people disrespecting his culture and mocked him on a monthly basis for his entire childhood/adulthood to fuck off.

So fine, I’ll fuck off. But I’m going to reblog this question every single month for a year (maybe 4 for each direction). If you have a problem just go to a pow wow and find some female Anishinabe pow wow dancers from my area and tell them how bad of a person I am to you. They will probably agree with me because they are the ones who put me up to this because of the threats they received for talking out.

Amnesty International No More Stolen Sisters 

That’s all I’m going to say about this..

7 Indigenous Voices You Need to Know About on this Indigenous Peoples Day

Eryn Wise, Jicarilla Apache and Laguna Pueblo, Honor the Earth. To support Eryn and learn more about her work, follow this link: https://www.stopline3.org. Instragram: _samakuu.

Bethany Yellowtail, Apsáalooke and Northern Cheyenne. To support Bethany and learn more about her work, follow this link: http://byellowtail.com. Instagram: byellowtail.

Joey Montoya, Apache, Urban Native Era. To support Joey and learn more about his work, follow this link: http://www.urbannativeera.com . Instagram: urbannativeera

April Ignacio, Tohono O’odham, Indivisible Tohono. To support April and learn more about her work: https://www.facebook.com/indivisibletohono/

Lyla June Johnston, Diné/Cheyenne. To support Lyla and learn more about her work, follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/lylajune/. Instragram: lylajune

Tayana Widner, Duckwater Shoshone, Dream Warriors. To support and learn more about Tayana and her work, follow this link: https://dreamwarriors.co. Instagram: tanayawinder.

Cherri Foytlin, Diné. L’eau Est La Vie Camp, StopETP.org. To support and learn more about Cherri and her work, follow this NoBBP.org.

Night Terrors, Nightmares, Lucid Dreaming, Or Sleep Paralysis?

Do you ever have those dreams that you know you’re dreaming but you can’t seem to wake up?

Well this is my two experiences and they aren’t good ones.

First experience: 

I was 7 or 8 at the time, I lived in this small house and I never felt safe.

Things have happened like doors closing by themselves, voices calling you at night, seeing a small girl go running, or even the feeling of someone tickling your feet at night.

I went to bed at 7PM as I regularly did for school and I remember dreaming that I was in my basement and I had this awful feeling like I was being watched and I knew I was dreaming so I began pinching myself hard but I wouldn’t wake up.

As I slowly walked up the stairs I felt like someone was behind me and I looked back and there it was, the tall black figure with pointy long fingers.

I began screaming and I ran up the stairs and it caught my legs and began dragging me down the stairs and I remember fearing for my life.

I woke up screaming my lungs off and I was sweating so bad, my mom came & held me for an hour as I cried and said I didn’t want to go back to bed.

Second Experience: (2011 maybe 2012)

There I stood, In my high schools hallway. I knew I was dreaming, I had this awful feeling in my stomach & I knew something was immediately wrong.

I began pinching, punching, & even slapping myself but I wouldn’t wake up and I remember all this fear filling me.

I began slowly walking down the hallway and as I reached towards the stairs that led to the lower level the more the fear inside of me increased.

I stopped walking and I couldn’t move, there it was. The thing I had dreamt of before, the tall black figure with long pointy fingers.

I reacted quickly and ran down the stairs, I never looked back and I ran to the schools library. I hid behind the desk where the librarian sat, I began pinching myself again to wake myself up but I still wouldn’t wake up.

I peaked around the corner and the thing came into the library from the other door across the room, I sat there completely still and it was too quiet.

I looked up and there it was, standing behind me. I tried to get up but I ended up falling on my back and I began crawling backwards as it moved slowly towards me.

My arm slipped and I fell so that I was laid down completely on my back, the thing came and bent down and looked me directly in my eyes.

All I remember is its red eyes and that evil smile, it’s finger made its way to my hip and it scratched me and I looked down to see it had scratched an “X” into me.

I suddenly woke up screaming, sweating, shaking & crying.

A small pain filled my hip and I pulled up my shirt and there it was, the “X” the thing scratched onto me.

A few days after that the mark disappeared.

I am Native American so in our culture we believe in Medicine Men & my dad immediately took me to one, they didn’t know what was wrong with me.

Since then I haven’t dreamt of the black figure but I am still terrified that I might see him in my dreams again.

I don’t know what exactly happened but it stays in my mind 24/7.

I arrived in Mexico yesterday and I went to eat breakfast at a beautiful ranch, and that’s were I met this native doggy. “Xoloitzcuintlis were considered sacred dogs by the Aztecs (and also Toltecs, Maya and some other groups) because they believed the dogs were needed by their masters’ souls to help them safely through the underworld.”

Image by Adriana Damian


Hi Everyone!

Ok, so an update for you on the Deep Water Aquaponics System.

If you remember, we began planting this system on 9 March this year, so that makes it around 40 days from planting.

The standout for me are the red lettuces. They have turned a deep red colour and look great! Have a look at the first days planting and see what you think!


The Silver Beet too, the last week has seen a big jump in growth.
In fact since we added the aeration and the trout, it has leaped forward in health and growth.

The only significant laggers are the strawberries, they are very slow compared to the leafy greens both in foliage and root growth.

Other than that, the new system is really showing promise very early. It is yet to finish cycling, but it will get there! 

Very Happy!

What do Natives Want to See Ourselves In?

@impassiverevelation asked:

I really liked that post about what kind of stories different people want to see themselves in. But I was wondering what kind of stories Native Americans want to see of themselves?

Short answer: Everything.

Long answer!

Something that isn’t built on the backs of Noble Savage or Magical Native American. I would love to see more stories where there’s everything about the culture pulled, and it genuinely feels like a specific nation, especially in fantasy.

Like, I get it’s easy to cast us as nature protectors. In a sense, it’s necessary, because “stewardship of the land” is part of being Native. But I get really tired of picking up a story that’s Native coded and all I see is “the land is in danger and these special magic users are the ones to save it.”

All magic ends up being either soul-healing or nature based, and can we have something that doesn’t feel like shamanism or just those tropes? Can’t we have a different conflict? Something maybe based on our own legends?

Also, less racism narratives would be very nice. Very very very nice. They’re important, but it gets exhausting to only read struggle narratives.

I’m a fantasy individual. I love high fantasy. But I’d love to see more Natives everywhere— pre-contact narratives that don’t include a single white person; romances that aren’t “strong man loves you” or overly sexualized; urban Natives reconciling all they left behind and all they can build again; horror novels on our terms, where the monster isn’t just a cannibal wendigo; sci fi where we’re in space (maybe making sure none of our activities invade other planets like white people invaded ours).

But, really, everything Native coded I read falls under the camp of either:

  • Horror monster (see: nearly every use of the wendigo by white people in the past century…)
  • Special magic users who are just more in tune with nature/souls

  • Something about racism/colonialism

I’d really like more.

If you want to see what other mods want, check out the Writing with Colour Wishlist.

~Mod Lesya

22: Wendigo

Native American legends talk about it being humanoid, so thought it’d be cool if they would wander the woods, blind of their own sins until they encounter a new victim, and thus liberated by said sins; open to reveal the horror in their eyes.