[Marxism] Hitchhiking mission statement: Denendeh or Bust

Paul H. Dillon illonph at pacbell.net
Mon Mar 28 15:22:32 MST 2005

When but a youngster, 9th grade, I read Kerouac's "On the Road" and Woodie 
Guthrie's "Bound for Glory".  Doomed.  I began a hitchhiking career that 
spanned the U.S., Mexico, and Canada and lasted until I was 23 before I got 
a car .  If I were young today I wouldn't ever consider it.  I still pick up 
hitchhikers, following Gary Snyder's revised Boddhisattva Vow, to 
paraphrase,  "unless all hitchhikers, hitching in all directions throughout 
the worlds as numerous as the sands of the oceans, receive rides, may I not 
receive most perfect enlightenment."  -- this the ultimate safeguard of the 
stranded hitchhiker at midnight.   And so I know --  once I hitched from 
Storrs, CT to Pacific Grove, Ca in 6 1/2 days , all rides,  sans the UP 
freight trains from Cheyenne, WY to Roseville, CA ,  but I'm told that it 
takes now a month, if rides are good.  But then Canada is most certainly 
different . . .

Good luck on your adventure chasing the spring north.

Paul Dillon

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Macdonald Stainsby" <mstainsby at resist.ca>
To: <marxism at lists.econ.utah.edu>
Sent: Monday, March 28, 2005 1:29 PM
Subject: [Marxism] Hitchhiking mission statement: Denendeh or Bust

> This is the second of the two call outs. Hitchhiking has taught me much 
> about life, and about the reality of Canada, so as I will hitchhike my way 
> through this trip, I intend to scribe the stories of the various 
> encounters, people, events and places I get to, for their own sake. Life 
> on the road is never boring, and though I may put the political into the 
> hitchhiking stories, I will not put hitchhiking (unless impossible to 
> avoid) into the political reports. The two are separate missions, but both 
> are the the journey, and neither will be silenced.
> Hitchhiking mission statement:
> Denendeh or Bust: Hitchhiking across Indian Country to the Arctic
> from:
> http://www.digihitch.com/article662.html
> (clip)
> As a revolutionary, one of the greatest problems any of us face is trying 
> to find ways to communicate with people who are of a completely different 
> bent, background and life situation than yourself. If we can't talk to the 
> people, we are lost. As Bernd "The Thumb" Wechner once described it, the 
> unspoken agreement that you are signing on for when you get into a 
> stranger's car is to find a way to relate to them, to entertain them, to 
> make them comfortable and happy with having picked you up. This is a 
> social skill that is almost impossible to learn in the same way in any 
> other dynamic. This is how you pay for the ride: you are performing a 
> service just as much as they are. And in this is the greatest gift the 
> road has given me: I have been able to make that special connection with 
> almost all manner of people on the road, because it's a necessity. This 
> has given me a general discomfort with the radical "echo chamber" where we 
> all speak a certain language, reinforcing certain ideas to only certain 
> people. If we can't communicate with the "average" person, we are not 
> going to reach them ....
> (clip)
> I will be posting stories about my adventures as a hitchhiker to 
> digihitch.com, and will be keeping the political work I do and am able to 
> write about separate; these will be available at independentmedia.ca. The 
> struggles are not about my joy in hitchhiking, but a matter of simple 
> resistance to genocide. As such, the two will be kept separate.
> Much like the organization "The International Solidarity Movement", a 
> movement made up of international citizens who generally have privilege 
> enough to come and go as they please into Palestine to work and carry out 
> actions against the Occupation, so too is the idea of this journey I am 
> embarking upon inherently problematic and based on racial privilege. It is 
> my hope that so long as I aim to use the privilege of being a white 
> settler and turn it back upon itself, perhaps the worst aspects of this 
> dynamic can be avoided. This is my number one goal and priority.
> (clip)
> The Arctic and sub-Arctic regions look to be the main battlefield for 
> indigenous survival as a people and as a nation, and it is also in some of 
> the most beautiful places on the earth we are a part of. For these 
> reasons, I am making my next hitchhiking trip to head to the Arctic, the 
> Mackenzie Valley, as well as to the various nations that I must pass 
> through to get there. I will find a way to hitchhike into the Mackenzie 
> Valley where the threat of building the single largest industrial 
> nightmare in the history of this country exists. As of my writing this, 
> there still are no roads into the Valley, and that's as a result of 
> amazing and inspiring resistance from Dene nations who have lived 
> throughout the valley for 30 thousand years. There is, however, the Deh 
> Cho-- otherwise known as the Mackenzie River. The Big River will get me 
> there, to a small community known as Fort Good Hope. I refuse to plan 
> ahead.
> (clip)
> I hope you will follow my progress while it is happening and, if you have 
> any money more than the average hitchhiker, consider helping the trip 
> receive the photographic montage and audio clips it will need to do it 
> justice.
> addendum: the page has a minor error: I am not leaving in July, I intend 
> to arrive in the heart of the Deh Cho Valley in Denendeh in July, I leave 
> Montreal in mid May...
> whole statement:
> http://www.digihitch.com/article662.html
> to help with supplies (digital camera, internet connection, etc) please go 
> to the bio webpage below and click on the PayPal button near the bottom. 
> Anything greatly appreciated!
> My bio as a Digihitch writer in general (with silly photo; take it as 
> tongue in cheek as I wrote it) and PayPal button/link:
> http://www.digihitch.com/featured_macdonald.html
> All my solidarity,
> Macdonald,
> still "Welsh Against Nato".
> -- 
> Macdonald Stainsby
> http://lists.econ.utah.edu/mailman/listinfo/rad-green
> In the contradiction lies the hope
> --Bertholt Brecht.
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