Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Tree

So, we celebrate Thanksgiving in September. That’s when the Fall equinox (first day of Fall) is and traditionally the time when most crops are harvested. True we don’t really grow a lot of the plants we harvest from, but you get the idea.

Historically, this is most likely the time of year when the “pilgrims” actually held their first thanksgiving as well. Being agriculturalists, it wouldn’t have made sense for them to have waited until November, especially since they lived in Massachusetts.

I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by, nor can I believe all the things we’ve seen and done either! It’s still pretty hot (and humid!) here in central Texas but already I’m feeling like the year is almost over. We set out this year with so much to look forward to and now that so much of it is over, it feels like we’ve been in a whirlwind! So much of it seems to blur together and sorting out the memories is going to take some reflection.

But I’m looking forward to that too.

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Nature Walks and “Stop the Con”

A very exciting update, starting this Winter I will be leading educational Nature Walks for kids here in the Brazos valley! The organization sponsoring the program is Keep Brazos Beautiful and I am very excited to be working with them!

The dates for the first two walks have been set for November 21 and December 5, so we will definitely be dressing warm. The walks will be held at Lick Creek park here in College Station, Texas.

The program is going to be geared towards younger kids, so we’ll cover what plants and animals make up our natural habitat and the relationships they have as well as some of the natural processes that shape our environment.

But what I really want to give these kids is the sense that they too are a part of the ecosystem; that humans have an impact on the environment and the environment can also have an impact on us. Hopefully helping them to understand that will inspire them to develop the kind of beneficial relationships with their natural environment that so many people are lacking.

We’ll be doing all kinds of fun activities while we’re out there so if anyone is interested, contact Keep Brazos Beautiful for more information!

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On another note, I recently made some artwork for Survival International’s “Stop the Con” campaign.

 

 

Survival International is a human rights organization that advocates for the rights of tribal peoples around the world. Many times these people are abused by National governments because their way of life is viewed as inferior or backward and their peoples as inconsequential.

Perhaps one of the most contentious issues facing tribal peoples are conservation efforts. Indigenous peoples are perhaps the best “caretakers” of their natural habitat as they’ve been living a dynamic relationship with it, for millenia in some cases.

However, many of them have had their ancestral homes taken away or been banished from them in the name of conservation. Oftentimes there are ulterior motives on the part of the National governments that have played into this as well.

The “Stop the Con” campaign is an attempt to bring this injustice to light and to highlight the crucial role that indigenous and tribal peoples play in their environment. Ultimately, there is a lesson here that we can all learn from and that is why it’s so important to stop this problem; so that we can learn it. Tribal peoples are able to exist in a dynamic harmony with their natural habitat just as all other species around them do. That is a powerful reality, one that we should take to heart.

There has to be a lesson there that other peoples can learn, not just for the benefit of the environment, but for the benefit of ourselves as well.