Sunday, August 14, 2005

Paper boats and household gods

[Please, as ever, just keep scrolling down for all the EZLN translations - and some of them, of late, are exceptionally, um, lengthy, so feel free to keep on, and you shall soon come to others with a tad more brevity…plus that money shot, as well as other naughty and nice Parlour items]


Today was the second of the series of 6 meetings to be held in the Selva to discuss the Sexta. According to today’s reports, there were representatives from some 60 indigenous groups, ready to chat and be chatted up, share pozol and perspective.

The zapatour – the schedule for the extended jaunt the zapatistas will be taking out of zapatista lands - is to be announced September 16.

Now, once again back to guiding you through the waters below, the cascades and rivulets of words.

But I shall digress momentarily, because words and rivulets put me in mind [yes, I do have certain recurring themes in head and heart] of a little paper boat floating down a river, once upon a time. Carrying, or comprising, a note as I recall. I so hope others remember that image.

And then there was the little tree, the arbolito. Who was required to move from place to place.

Little things. Something about the diminutive enchants and enthralls. You have to move close to see it, to touch it. It requires nurture and thoughtfulness, a careful eye even to notice it, let alone learn it.

I have collected masks since I was 5. Of course. Long before all the current ones.

And my first was velvet and very old, attached to a thin tortoise wand. For flirting, of course, and magnificently.

But the one that owns my soul, literally, is the one that always, wherever I am, sits above my desk. I found it in a shop in San Juan years ago. Copper, tarnished, exquisite. And perched on its brow, also in copper, a tiny lizard. The artist who made it had given it the proper name:

"Guardian of Small Creatures."

Yes, well, more than enough of boring everyone silly.

The waters below:

The last post, a letter from Marcos to Don Fermín, is another response to a Letter to the Editor in La Jornada. It’s lengthy, but in a good and comprehensive way. Take the time.

12 comments:

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Comrada B said...

Just got in from Sermiento, Yaqui territory, Hermasillo. Ofcourse, Sermiento wouldn't let us take our leave without filling our tummy's with a bowl of soup and our soul's with more resistance. The Yaqi are a proud people. Met with two very brave, intelectual,ladies there in Sonora, Mexico, who fight tirelessly for Indigenous peoples there.

Apparently, AMLO was in Hermasillo the morning before we arrived (friday) and one of those attended the gathering with more than 2500 others, sit through his so called "50 promises."

And apparently AMLO, seeing how effective the internet is, will be opening up his own website to post those "50 promises" (so we can all print it out too.) Not that being able to print it out on our PC's means promises will be kept. They have seen and heard broken one's too many times.

Into the wee hour's grateful for little cups of coffee, the hospitality overwhelmingly warm, whispers pregnant with anticipation of the Zapatour abounded.
"If you travel with the Zapatour, you will only be allowed a little sack to hang off your back."

Nourished and rested, with little Seri neckalces draped on me and finally decorated in the most delicate Peruvian scarf, I tearfully took my leave feelig like I WAS the visiting dignitary.
The Indigenous of Mexico are so beautiful, guilty of stealing my heart.

I was saddened though that being able to attend the meeting of the Indigenous groups in Zapatista territory, was simply a matter of the travel time and means. And ofcourse having to leave Mexico again, as it brings me great peace just being there.

Irle, I would be very much interested in knowing when the Zapatour will be taking place, as soon as humanly possible, ofcourse.

Comrada B

irlandesa said...

Comrada B - Delightful comment! We're being told that the zapatour schedule shall be announced on September 16.

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