Cover Story

Natural Childbirth Part 1

The gift of pregnancy and the ability to endure childbirth inspires mankind to celebrate and honor our women.  This marvelous ability is recognized by people of all cultures and traditions as a great responsibility that women hold, distinguishing a woman as the bearer of life, the unconditional care-giver, and mankind’s very first teacher.  From traditional spiritual practices to modern religions, women are identified as upholding the beauty and esteem of a culture, and are worthy and deserving of protection and adoration.  In Kem culture, we know that the woman is responsible for the destiny of her children, and the well being and maintenance of her household and her community.  Some of the duties and abilities that women carry are even exemplified by female deities.  Pregnancy and childbirth are associated with practices and traditions that reflect just how important they are to a culture and how very connected the process of childbirth is to spirituality.  Even in modern cultures, we can see remnants of practices coming from traditions that recognize the significance of the natural pregnancy and birthing process.  While human beings come from a long history of acknowledging, respecting, and enduring the natural process of bringing life into the world, the ways of the modern system have managed to twist our views and encourage us to stray from practices that have worked for our ancestors for hundreds of thousands of years.

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Wsr sits upon his throne

We must reclaim our fathers kingdom

Know that these words are for you.

So far from you, my heart must be strong
Listen, to the expression of my thoughts
I hope everyone there is doing well

Mama, it has already been 500 years
since I left you
Mama, 5 centuries since I was snatched
from your arms

Since then, I have just been following
the path of my destiny
searching for my daily bread
searching for my survival
searching for the survival of my roots
searching for the path that will lead me back to you

I know this vibration in me comes from you
and your brave sons
For your voice never stops resonating in my heart
Oh Father you know me very well, call your kinsmen
and tell them that your son will bring your breath
to the doorway of the elders

I will never throw in the towel

So far from you, my race destroys itself.
Courage is my only motivation

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The Arrival

Divine Fire, Earth, Air and Water

"coursing through newly charged circuits of wind, fire, water and earth, We move"

Tribal seeds sprouting
Watered by the future
Awakened from eternity
Forged by desire
We move

Gradually gaining focus
Searching for the frequency
Negotiating currents of forced materiality
Synchronizing to magnetic points of
potentialized perfection
We move

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Het Heru

Heru/Herut the God Child within all of us

We came into this world alone
No one to protect us from the place we call home
Like orphans
Taken to an unknown place
No way to know what hides behind that unknown face

Yet we trust, accept, adopt, repeat
The values that are held by the ones that we meet
The ones we call
Claiming that they love you
And put no one else above you
But our parents
They were orphans too
No telling what they learned to do

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Volume 8.6

What Is News?

Growing Culture

Within the span of the last 100 years there has been an imigration of people from countryside to cities. The result of this migration was the industrialization of the workforce. People have moved away from their land and into cities, no longer working on their farms but working in factories and now offices. This changed peoples’ needs and how their needs were met.

Landreth Seed Company

The Landreth Seed Company commissioned the above oil painting, inspired by a photograph taken by Rudolph Eikemeyer, for 1909

In the city, most of us are familiar with the things we must do to survive. On the land, people farmed for their food and utilized the natural materials around them for their other needs. Skills like iron-working and wood-working were common, there were also healers and story tellers amongst the variety of people who assisted each other within a local village or community.

For African-Americans, living off the land was different than it was for much of the rest of the world. This is because of two main factors. The first factor is slavery, which is well recognized and written about. A second, unmentioned factor, is the correlation between the westward expansion (1789-1849), when European settlers were given land for free, and the emancipation proclamation (1863), when slavery was outlawed in America. The chronology is deliberate, as told by the late Master Naba Lamoussa Morodenibig. “Before they freed the slaves they                   made sure that there was no place for them to go but back to the plantation they just left.”

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