Celebrate our return to indigenous veganism

This article is a postlude to my first one, titled; Eve Was Framed: A Loving Tribute to Women and Girls.

In this article, I share the knowledge that I’ve gained from Aimee Breeze Harper (whom I previously introduced) and the Sistah Vegan Project.  To appreciate the full breadth of wisdom shared by the many speakers at Harper’s Sistah Vegan Conference, held on September 14, 2013, I encourage readers to register for the conference digital replay.

Mary’s Poem
During this on-line conference, attendees had an opportunity to share their thoughts on Harper’s book, Sistah Vegan – Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society.  Here, I would like to share one of the beautifully written, powerful poems that’s included within this anthology.  It is reprinted here with permission from the poem’s author, Mary Spears, and publisher, Lantern Books.
Eyes of the Dead
I saw a dead body today
I was coming from work
As I came face to face
With the carcass of an adult pig
Someone had him slung over his shoulder
And was carrying him into a restaurant
The pig’s eyes were wide open
As if he were shocked to death
I was stuck in my tracks
For what seemed like hours in my mind
But minutes in reality
Those eyes…
Those eyes must have looked at his killer
Begging for his life
Those eyes
Must have said to someone
“I have the right to exist”
So why was he dead?
I passed by
Clutching my heart
My eyes grazed the dead roasted fowl
Hanging by their necks in the window
As I neared the end of the block
There were tears in my eyes
I couldn’t understand
How could people be so heartless?
How many have to die?
For someone else’s pleasure?
How long will it take for everyone to notice
That slavery of animals
Should not be accepted?
How many of my ancestors
Were treated like today’s farm animals?
How many of us look the other way?
When I hear of calves
Being taken from their mothers
To be sold as veal
I can hear the wailing voices of mothers
Crying for their babies
As the slave master takes them away
The mother cow breastfeeds the human race
My ancestors breastfed the white race
So when I looked into those stunned eyes today,
No one could have said to me,
“What’s the big deal?” “It’s just an animal.”
I could have remembered a time
When someone might have said the same about me

By Mary Spears
Washington, D.C.
Sistah Vegan, A Breeze Harper, editor,  2010 Lantern Books

Like Mary’s poem, Dr. Harper’s lectures have enlightened me about truths that have been concealed. One of her informative lectures is on the horrifying, clandestine gynecological experiments performed by American physicians on African slaves in the antebellum South, and how this exploitation, oppression, violence, and injustice connects to past and present-day vivisection.

All beings tremble before violence. All love life. All fear death. See yourself in others. Then whom can you hurt?
quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha

Cultural Revolution

Cultural paradigms based on dominance rely on obscuring atrocities. I saw this connection when I read Mark Mathabane’s superb books, Miriam’s Song (the true account by his sister, Miriam) and African Women (a true story about his mother, Magdaline, grandmother, Ellen, and sister, Florah, and their experiences of living under apartheid in South Africa.)

The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.
by Alice Walker

Daily, I recognize that in our current American system, the unimaginable torture and suffering of sentient beings in animal agriculture and slaughterhouses are hidden. The terrifying sights, sounds, and scenes are kept out of the mainstream media, conversation, sermon, and classroom.

Only by revealing these truths can we transcend the obsolete old cultural paradigm that generates cycles of violence, apathy, and indifference.  With this revelation, we are free to co-create a new paradigm; one based on freedom, respect, and love for all.  It’s a welcoming into the Golden Age, as described by Isaiah 11: 6-9

The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling[a] together;
and a little child will lead them.
7 The cow will feed with the bear,
their young will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8 The infant will play near the cobra’s den,
and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.
9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,
for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.


Children of this younger generation will indeed lead the way.  From Breeze Harper, I learned about letef Vita,   a vegan hip-hop artist and teacher, who describes hip-hop as “higher inner peace – helping other people.”  Vita (aka DJ CaveM) produced the music video “Brown Rice & Broccoli” which features the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.
The kids dance and sing (the lyrics were written by students in his class) within the organic garden that Vita made out of a deserted lot in east Denver.  He did so by receiving a grant from The Pollination Project.   $1,000 seed grants are given every day of the year with an emphasis on projects that expand compassion in the world.

One Love

As the waters cover the sea, to me, represents our oneness, the inseparable Consciousness (Love) within which we dwell. Since we’re essentially interconnected, everything we do, think, and say reflects back to us. With this in mind, we, collectively and individually, desire to practice ahimsa (non-violence), so only ahimsa will be reflected back; thus what was once venomous and carnivorous will no longer be so.wolfDucks2

Being filled with the knowledge of the Lord (Love) inspires us to forgive, give love, and go vegan. I believe that these collective acts of love will lead humanity to an oasis of serenity, a return to the Garden, where Eve once ate of the vegan tree of knowledge for peace on earth.

Children of this younger generation will indeed lead the way. ………………..

Here is a link to the “Brown Rice & Broccoli” music video.

We have a lot to celebrate as we cultivate our Intuition, and as our individual experiences of transformation and spiritual evolution interweave.  This web of loving kindness will lead us back to indigenous veganism, and to an abundant, peaceful, healthy, and joyful existence on Earth.

by Marlene Ahimsa Nareau.


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