Sunday, August 09, 2009

Spokane Garry

We host semi regular art-music-food evenings on the First Friday of
some months. Last time we did one in December and we raised $3000 for
African Orphans. This one will be a fundraiser to help the Spokane
Indian tribe replace a culturally appropriate statue that the city
tore down. Spokane Garry was a christian leader in the early days of
the Spokane tribe.

His story is inspiring and another tragic testimony of white on Indian
injustice. The tearing destruction of the statue is another sad event
in Spokane'shistory.

I've always valued the local first nation art in this area and have
also been dissapointed in the lack of city support and celebration of
that heritage.

Read up on his story, it's a major move of the Spirit of God through a
man in our city's history. He's a modern apostle that the local church
should remember.

I fully support a new statue in his honor and hope to work together
with the tribe; to errect a monument worthy of the man and the people
he loved and led.

The church failed him then...I want to help redeem our reputation now.
It's a sin that needs restoration.


Anonymous said...

It seems very right to me that the church should lead the way,when it come to repentance for wrongs done to the first nations people around us.
A warfare by honor in the spirit realm. Have seen hearts healed by simple protocal, gifting and honor given, and.... don't forget to ask permission from the current chief. This in itself will speak volumes.

Anonymous said...

Mal lives right next to the statue and I had always wondered at it when it was there, it had been sort of my day to day landmark. Then one day it was gone. This project is a great thing. You know, I think alot of people are unaware of the deep hurt that still smolders and burns in the heart of our native people. The corruption and greed of both various tribal leaders and from the American Government goes on to this day and it is shameful (even more shameful that it all goes on without almost any community knowledge or intrest) so yeah...anywho, how did you find out about this project? Even though it was born from outrage this project has a tenderness to it and I find the whole thing very touching ^u^*
The Project:

The Man (lol probably my fav. article on him):


Unknown said...

These things are always tricky...and prickly. You can sense the wrestle with history going on in the article you referenced. So much bad blood, bad faith, bad leadership...bad people in the river past. Sin. It's ugly, both personally and culturally...repentance seems to one sided and personal...when you look at it from a personal perspective. But when one looks to the cross...the blood of God becomes a deep blood for cleansing the deep stains of our present, future and past. Dealing with injustice is hard to do without taking the perceived place of 'messiah" or "savior" comes into the mix when cultures try to "help" out...I see it at work among us and the black community...its a tough knot to untie.

But still...we all hold to parts of the past for various reasons...and our different stories mingle, whether we all like it or not...and how we choose to live forward, not forgetting the past, but not choosing to allow it to form our critical.

Good men and women...have always been in the present...our times shape us but when eternity indwells us...we can live a "unconformed" matter what the decade. It usually gets you killed or ignored.

Lets be led by the child...the little girl in the article with her $5 dollars...we all can shape and create a shared life that honors the lights of the past....and yet, bears the pain of its darkness too.

dreamchaser77 said...

What an interesting article. TY for the good read again, Cole. :D

I am very excited for the opportunity to not only learn about, but participate in the culture of Spokane. I feel like I may finally get to call a place "home".

Matt said...

It great that in open societies when someone does something stupid, like jack hammering a memorial, it spikes unrest and the injustice can be made right by good people, and maybe even make help right other wrongs. I hope to see the new memorial. (maybe he could have a Bible in his hand and an ace in his back pocket) Do post a pic when it happens or as the story unfolds.