Girl Crush: Winona LaDuke

February 3, 2011 in Girl Crush, Personalities, Social Responsibility, Sustainability by alliemcc

The one who knows / La que sabe.

This weekend I heard a radio program about Winona LaDuke and her work on sustainable, indigenous agriculture and energy in Minnesota. It didn't take very long for me to feel like we could totally be girlfriends.

LaDuke is probably best known by most people as Ralph Nader's Green Party running mate in 1996 and 2000.  In fact, she has a long resume of accomplishments, talents and projects.

To put it very briefly, she is a foremost worldwide activist, speaker, writer, and all-around shit-getting-done-er, particularly in the realms of women's rights, indigenous rights, and the environment, in no particular order.

Hellraiser.

Dangerous old woman.

Badass, beautiful.

Photo by Todd Cooper, via Eugene Weekly.

 

The Earth is our Mother. From her we get our life, and our life, and our ability to live. It is our responsibility to care for our mother, and in caring for our Mother, we care for ourselves. Women, all females are the manifestation of Mother Earth in human form. We are her daughters and in my cultural instructions: Minobimaatisiiwin, we are to care for her. — Winona LaDuke, speech at the United Nations 4th World Conference on Women, Beijing, China, August 31, 1995. Via Lysistrata Project.

 

Photo via Northern Arizona University

 

There’s a phrase in Ojibwe, ji-misawaanvaming, which means something like positive window shopping for your future. We need to ask what our community is going to look like 50 or 100 years from now.  Via Yes Magazine

 

Photo by Harley Soltes for YES! Magazine

 

In our community, the stature of a human being is not associated with how stingy you are and how much you have in your bank account. It’s how much you give away, how generous you are. Via Yes Magazine.

 

There is no social-change fairy. There is only change made by the hands of individuals.

 
Allegedly, Ms. LaDuke has a police record related to environmental protesting. I like that.
 
Also, she has a sense of humor.
 
Find out more about Winona LaDuke and the White Earth Land Recovery Project over here.
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