Sunday, November 7, 2010

sun - money-magnifying glass - sacred sites

The proposed destruction of 17,000 cultural sites in the Mojave Desert so that massive solar projects can go ahead  is shocking. The companies will get tax rebates for putting the shovel in this year. They will destroy petroglyphs and large geoglyphs, they will impact upon the environment and the ecosystems which are fragile. They are not considering the indigenous people and their sacred sites. They just care about money.

Check out the video and sign the petition - see below.

Ahni at Intercontinetal Cry reports,
For just one of the projects, "Blythe Solar, a partnership of Chevron and the German firm Solar Millennium will grade and level 9500 acres of desert in an area near to the Blythe Giant Intaglios. These are extremely large geoglyphs (images created on the surface of the Earth) representing Man, Woman, Creator, the seed and the “Trinity,” in the Ute Aztecan cosmological view."
In this excerpt from "Solar Gold," Alfredo Acosta Figueroa, an Elder, Tribal Monitor and historian from the Chemehuevi Peoples, describes the importance of these Sacred Intaglios, how they were made and what they mean to Indigenous Peoples. Figueroa also offers a humble suggestion on how they can be projected.
“This scale of an impact has never occurred before, " states Dr. Jim Andre, Director of the Granite Mountains Desert Research Institute. Once it reached about 250 proposed projects, from 5 to 25 thousand acres each, totalling 2 million acres, just for California... when you consider the importance of these (eco) systems to provide corridors for species to move as climate changes, whether its human caused change, or just the natural course of variation in climate change, you’ve really done in the entire ecosystem at that scale.”
To learn more about the film or to make a donation, please visit More excerpts are available at
A petition is being circulated For the Protection and Preservation of the Blythe Geoglyphs. You can sign it at
A number of the projects are discussed in detail at
La Cuna de Aztlán Sacred Sites Protection Circle
Alfredo Acosta Figueroa, Coordinator/Elder Historian & Chemehuevi Tribal Monitor
424 North Carlton Ave.
Blythe, Ca 92225
Phone: (760) 922-6422. Email:

Freshwater Bay Pictures, LLC
Robert Lundahl, Principal
833 So. Cedros Ave. #50
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Phone: (415) 205-3481. Email:
I can't really see any difference between this destruction and the religious destruction wrought by the Taliban, after all they are both concerned with destroying sacred sites. The god the companies worship is money, and that god is eternally unsatisfied.

Hat tip Intercontinental Cry Visit this site - it is one of the best!

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