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Remembering ‘Our Visions,’ a Historic Gathering of Native Thinkers at Taos Pueblo

In October of 1992 more than 100 Native writers, artists and wisdom-keepers gathered to address the ongoing issues that became known as Our Visions.
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In October of 1992 more than 100 Native writers, artists and wisdom-keepers gathered at Taos Pueblo to address the ongoing issues affecting Indigenous Peoples throughout the western hemisphere that became known as Our Visions.

Sponsored by The Morning Star Institute and The 1992 Alliance, the collective work of these visionaries through Our Visions lead to the Statement of Vision Toward the Next 500 Years.

The collective brain-trust included Oren Lyons and Suzan Shown Harjo, as co-chairs, and Marcus Amerman, James Anaya, Cecil Antone, Thomas Banyacya, David Bradley, Walt Bresette, Mildred Cleghorn, Benito Concha, Vine Deloria, Jr., Heid Erdrich, Jodi Gillette, Joy Harjo, Bob Haozous, Allen Houser, N. Scott Momaday, George Morrison, Allen V. Pinkham, Sr., Tom Porter, Lonnie Selam, Jesse Taken Alive, Robert W. Trepp, Lois Risling, Mateo Romero, Emmett White, Alex White Plume, Rick Williams, Sally Williams, Susan M. Williams and many more who gathered over four days—all while never once mentioning Columbus.

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In October 2012, Suzan Shown Harjo revisited Our Visions and the statement in a column for ICMN:

“We, the Indigenous Peoples of this red quarter of Mother Earth, have survived 500 years of genocide, ethnocide, ecocide, racism, oppression, colonization and christianization. These excesses of western civilization resulted from contempt for Mother Earth and all our relations; contempt for women, elders, children and Native Peoples; and contempt for a future beyond the present human generation. Despite this, we are here.”

Below are images from the Our Visions gathering in 1992.

Our Visions, Statement of Vision Toward the Next 500 Years

Tom Porter and Thomas Banyacya, Taos October 1992

Our Visions, Statement of Vision Toward the Next 500 Years

Vine Deloria Jr., joking with Suzan Shown Harjo and Howard Valandra

Our Visions, Statement of Vision Toward the Next 500 Years

Taos Pueblo Councilman Vince Lujan, Author Vine Deloria, Our Visions, Taos, October 1992

Our Visions, Statement of Vision Toward the Next 500 Years

After Opening Ceremony - Suzan Shown Harjo, ASH, Benito Concha, Tom Porter

Our Visions, Statement of Vision Toward the Next 500 Years

Circle at Taos Sacred Mountain – “Our Visions,” October 1992

Our Visions, Statement of Vision Toward the Next 500 Years

Allen V. Pinkham Sr., Benito Concha and Land Circle at Tipi, Taos, “Our Visions,” October 1992

Our Visions, Statement of Vision Toward the Next 500 Years

Oren Lyon, Suzan Shown Harjo, Thomas Banyaca at Taos, “Our Visions,” October 1992

Our Visions, Statement of Vision Toward the Next 500 Years

Cecil Antone, Stephen Lewis, Suzan Shown Harjo, Jodi Archambault Gillette

This story was originally published October 8, 2012.