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Thursday, 13 December 2012

Meeting of Native American Chiefs of the USA and Canada to Take Place in Moscow

00 Sacred Pe' Sla is NOT a Mere Commodity. Sioux. 13.12.12

Pe’ Sla in the Black Hills is one of the most significant cultural/spiritual sites of the Sioux Nation. Recently, its greedy owners put it up for sale, but the Sioux Nation was able to redeem it by buying it outright. 


Pavel Sulandziga, chairman of the working group for Development of the North, Siberia, and the Far East in the RF Public Chamber, announced that in mid-January 2013, for the first time, a meeting of the chiefs of Native American tribes of Canada and the USA with worldwide indigenous leaders would take place in Russia. In the light of all the noise raised by the international and Russian mass media in relation to the notorious end of the world bruited for 21 December, Sulandziga’s assessment of the upcoming international conference to take place in Bolivia, entitled The Beginning of the Era of Harmony and Becoming One with Nature, appears quite à propos.

Pavel Sulandziga

In the last few years, Bolivia has become one of the main actors in the movement to defend Mother Earth, which in spirit is very close to what indigenous people worldwide believe in… becoming one with nature, being part of the environment. The meetings in Bolivia that President Evo Morales initiated are of great importance because, in the long run, the economics of our globalised world plays a dominant role. However, it shouldn’t be that way. Besides economics, there’s much else related to the life and activity of people. Of course, economics isn’t the only criterion; people value other values as well.


Pavel Vasliyevich, you were invited to the conference in Bolivia, but you accepted another invitation and chose to attend a different event. Please, tell us about that.

Pavel Sulandziga

Yes, we’re talking about the annual meeting of the Sioux tribe chiefs, which is one of the largest Native American tribes in the USA. Our association of indigenous peoples of the North, Siberia, and the Far East have sought contact with them for a long time in order to work together. Now, for the first time ever, they’ve invited an outsider to their Chief’s Council, which takes place on 21-22 December.


Will you speak at that Council?

Pavel Sulandziga

Yes, I plan to speak on two themes. Firstly, I plan to touch upon establishing cooperation and joint action between us. I’m currently the chairman of the working group on the international cooperation between the indigenous peoples of Russia and other countries in the RF Public Chamber. Our group works with a number of areas related with the development of indigenous peoples. This includes education, youth culture, self-government, cultural development, and other matters. That’s why I’d like to raise these issues in a joint discussion. Secondly, I’ll talk about the Evenk people, for the Sioux Chiefs’ Council voiced its support for them. This, by the way, was one of the reasons for my invitation. The problem is that Evenk lands attracted the attention of high-ranking officials and legal structures, which decided to grab them…

I’m currently working on the visit to Russia of a number of Native American chiefs from the USA and Canada, as well as the leaders of indigenous people from other countries. Willie Littlechild, the Honorary Chief of the Crees from Alberta in Canada, Aali Kirskitaua, vice president of the Sámi parliament, and Henry Harrison, chief of the Thabas tribe from Alaska, have already confirmed their participation. They’ll come to Russia in mid-January, for a meeting of indigenous peoples for a joint discussion of problems and cooperation. We’re planning a press conference in Moscow, and, then, we’ll go to Lake Baikal.

12 December 2010

Voice of Russia World Service


Addendum on Pe’ Sla:

Born from her core, I know she beats for all that is.

This is where we’re from,

Where we pray,

Where our stories were told back in the day.

My soles stained red as I walk the road around her,

Pointing to the stars and all that surrounds,

This land beats with the power of ten thousand drums.

In my heart of hearts I know this is love I’ve found.

So hear me now —-

You will not destroy her.

No roads will pass,

Nor foundations laid,

Not as long as we’re here…

We will not be swayed.


Pe’ Sla is the heartland of the Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation). This land is a part of our creation story; we believe that this land is the centre, the heart, of everything that is.


Mitakuye Oyasin

Aho Mitakuye Oyasin….All my relations. I honour you in this circle of life with me today. I am grateful for this opportunity to acknowledge you in this prayer….

To the Creator, for the ultimate gift of life, I thank you.

To the mineral nation that has built and maintained my bones and all foundations of life experience, I thank you.

To the plant nation that sustains my organs and body and gives me healing herbs for sickness, I thank you.

To the animal nation that feeds me from your own flesh and offers your loyal companionship in this walk of life, I thank you.

To the human nation that shares my path as a soul upon the sacred wheel of Earthly life, I thank you.

To the Spirit nation that guides me invisibly through the ups and downs of life and for carrying the torch of light through the Ages, I thank you.

To the Four Winds of Change and Growth, I thank you.

You are all my relations, my relatives, without whom I would not live. We are in the circle of life together, co-existing, co-dependent, co-creating our destiny. One, not more important than the other. One nation evolving from the other and yet each dependent upon the one above and the one below. All of us a part of the Great Mystery.

Thank you for this Life.




Friday, 7 September 2012

7 September 2012. A Photo Essay. Yes, Virginia, There IS an Orthosphere… Places, People, Things…

Tamiš River near Pančevo (South Banat Okrug. Autonomous Province of Vojvodina) SERBIA 


House in the middle of the Drina River near Bajina Bašta (Zlatibor Okrug) SERBIA


Lake Baikal (Irkutsk Oblast. Siberian Federal District) RF


Contemporary Coptic icon of Christ


VDV Day in Gorky Park. Moscow (Federal City of Moscow. Central Federal District) RF


Reading a newspaper in Addis Ababa (Chartered City of Addis Ababa) ETHIOPIA


Indian Malankara Orthodox married couple


Christ Pantocrator

Unknown Artist

Church of the Mother of God Pammakaristos

Istanbul* (Istanbul ProvinceMarmara RegionTURKEY

*formerly Constantinople New Rome

Early 14th century


Melissani Cave. Kefalonia (Ionian Islands Periphery) GREECE 


In the mountains of Ethiopia


Armenian-American journalist with Armenian soldiers


The Orthosphere… a place of stunning beauty… of homely domesticity… of honest heartfelt patriotism… a place of every good thing, both man-made and natural… it’s all ours… po-nashemu. If you want the heavenly, you must approach it through the earthly and earthy… that’s the way that God intended it to be. Beware all those who want to excise the Faith from its lived incarnations… such people are creating soulless zombies. Like it or not, that’s the way it is…

Yes… I know that the Oriental Orthodox “aren’t in communion”… but they’re part of our civilisational bloc; they’re part of our culture, they share our ethos and world-view (the Uniates are only superficially similar… they’re traitors with an Orthodox ritual masking Western “internals” and subservience to alien authority). There’s an Orthodox “visage” that we all share… that’s because we share so many of the “internals” as well, despite not “being in communion” (and that’s why some who seem to externally resemble us aren’t of us).


Tuesday, 17 June 2008

17 June 2008. Out and about…

French Warship Visits Russia

French frigateTourville underway at sea


The French Navy frigate Tourville called at the main base of the Russian Northern Fleet, Severomorsk, on a working visit. This is the second time that Severomorsk played host to the crew of Tourville. Back in 2004, the frigate took part in a Russian-French naval exercise in the Atlantic. Now, the French seamen shall, whilst they are in the Arctic Circle area, meet the Northern Fleet command, visit the Fleet museum, and enjoy the sights of the nearby city of Murmansk. An athletic competition was also scheduled between the crews of Tourville and the Russian warship Admiral Chabanenko.

11 June 2008



Russians Should Strongly Rebuff Any Attempts to Sow Ethnic Discord

Rav Berel Lazar (1964- ), the Chief Rabbi of Russia


Rav Berel Lazar, the Chief Rabbi of Russia, said that Russians should strongly rebuff any attempts to sow ethnic discord amongst them in Moscow on Wednesday. He mentioned that the peoples of Russia belong to different confessions, living side by side with one another for ages, and they always sought friendship and mutual assistance, this was how they strengthened the state, promoting its might and prosperity. We should serve as an example for the whole world, an example of a country that’s based on the unity of its spiritual and moral values, Rav Lazar emphasised.

12 June 2008



Russia’s Seven Wonders Named on Red Square

The Mother Motherland Calls monument in Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad)


The list of the most impressive places includes the highest peak in Europe, Mt Elbrus, the world’s oldest lake, Lake Baikal, St Basil Cathedral in Moscow, Peterhof Museum-Reserve in St Petersburg, the Valley of Geysers in the Far East, the Mother Motherland Calls monument in Volgograd, and the Stony Idols in the Republic of Komi. 49 noteworthy places were entered in the competition. The competition was organised last autumn. It’s goal was to help revive patriotism and attract attention to the restoration and preservation of unique cultural and natural objects in Russia.

13 June 2008



Sevastopol Celebrated its 225th birthday

The Harbour of Sevastopol

Konstantin Korovin



The Crimean city of Sevastopol celebrated its 225th birthday. The three-day celebrations brought together delegates of 26 oblasts of the Ukraine and 10 oblasts of Russia. The Russian delegation was led by Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov, who’s expected to arrive in Sevastopol Saturday. The first day of the celebrations highlighted the reopening of the city’s Primorsky Boulevard. Flowers will be laid at the monument to the defence of Sevastopol in World War II. A molieben at the Cathedral of St Vladimir of the Chersonesus Taurica Reserve has been scheduled for Saturday. The people of Sevastopol and visitors are invited to visit vessels of the Russian Black Sea Fleet and the Ukrainian Navy. The celebrations will close with an outdoor show on Sunday.

13 June 2008



Best Russian Healthcare Professionals to Receive Awards

The best Russian health care professionals are about to receive awards for their contribution to the saving of human lives and the advancement of medicine, or, to be more precise, for trail-blazing surgery, new methods of diagnosing and treatment, and loyalty to their chosen profession. All bids for the reception of medical awards are filtered, in three rounds of vetting, by leading experts. Awards to leading doctors are handed out every year on 15 June, Healthcare Professionals Day.

13 June 2008



More Than 4 Million Healthcare Professionals Across Russia areMarking Their Professional Holiday

More than 4 million healthcare professionals all over Russia mark their professional holiday on Sunday. Amongst them are more than 700,000 qualified doctors, a spokesman for Health and Social Development Ministry said, adding that this year will see the opening of 15 state-of-the-art medical centres in Russia.

15 June 2008



Protest Action Underway in Kiev Against Attempts to Draw the Ukraine into NATO

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer (1948- ), Secretary General of NATO


A protest action’s underway in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev against attempts to draw the country into NATO. The protesters are picketing the building of President Viktor Yushchenko’s Secretariat. Yushchenko has been pressing hard for Ukraine’s joining the North Atlantic Alliance. The protest was timed for a visit to the Ukraine later today of the NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. Yesterday, de Hoop Scheffer said the people of the Ukraine should themselves decide on whether they wish NATO membership. According to opinion polls, more than a half of Ukrainians are opposed to joining NATO, with no more than a third of Ukrainians supporting the idea. Russia’s opposed to NATO’s further advancement eastwards, since this poses a threat to its security. Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Ivanov warned that if the Ukraine joined NATO, it may entail the introduction of a visa régime between the two countries, and the disruption of current cooperation in military technologies.

16 June 2008



Ban Ki-Moon and Vladimir Putin Named the World’s Two Most Popular Politicians

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (1952- ). Go git ’em, Vlad!


UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin were named the world’s two most popular politicians. A poll conducted by the World Public Opinion Association in 19 countries puts US President George W Bush on the list of the few politicians who are not trusted even in their own countries. Worldwide, President Bush is trusted by a mere 23 percent of respondents, and his approval rating in the Middle East is even lower than that.

17 June 2008


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