mardi 11 août 2015
WELCOME HOME TO NATIVE AMERICA: MY HOME IS IN THEIR HEARTS
A NATIVE AMERICAN WELCOME
One of the greatest gifts in my life has been my choice to work with American Indians. The plans were to finish my post graduate training in Endocrinology in the USA and return to Australia to continue my life where it had left off. Casualidad no es tan casual, say the Cubans.
MONSOON IN COCHIN, KERALA
BACKWATERS FLOWING INTO THE SEA AT FORT COCHIN IN KERALA
Less than one week ago, I was on the shores of the Cochin backwaters, enjoying the immense hospitality of the Cochin people, especially the family of Mr. B.
SOME GOOD FRIENDS FROM MEXICO
I arrived last night at the reservation, to the Blue House which has become my home among the Indians.
(SYNCRETISM AT ITS BEST: I MAY LEAVE CUBA BUT CUBA NEVER LEAVES ME! HANUKKIA FROM COCHIN, KIPPAH BY SARAH COHEN OF JEW TOWN, COCHIN, AMERICAN INDIAN DOLL AND ALSO NATS FROM BURMA)
Working with Indians, one is exposed to the ancient philosophy of the people and you are brought to the original uncontaminated thinking of human beings before greed, avarice, lack of respect, exploitation took hold of the human mind.
The tribe I returned to is one of the earliest tribes I had worked with hired as a Doctor to work with them and help them. Always and to this day I feel that they have helped me much more than I had helped them.
ONE OF THE EARLIEST CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGICAL STUDIES PUBLISHED INN 1932 WAS ABOUT THIS TRIBE BY NONE OTHER THAN THE GREAT AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST MARGARET MEAD
The relationship between us continued, even though I was physically absent from their clinic. I entered the clinic and was greeted with so much affection and respect by so many of the workers! Almost all of them were Indians and they shouted their joy of seeing me back. I was so humbled with this reception.
THE FEAST OF WELCOME (SE'UDA WE CAN SAY IN HEBREW?) ALL HOME MADE BY MRS M
Mrs. M had married an Indian while he was stationed in the Philippines and had integrated into her life here as a Cook at the Clinic. At the request of the CEO, who gave me such a warm welcome, thanking me for returning, Mrs. M had prepared a feast! Lumia, Pancit Noodles, Adobe Chicken. Remember this clinic is situated 60 km from the nearest town! And I am sure this was the only place you could taste Filipino Food! She greeted me as if she had seen me only yesterday.
After the lunch, where all the workers were invited, I went around greeting the workers in various departments of the clinic and I felt so elated by their genuine welcome.
You are home; the CEO was to say later.
In the ten years away, I had learned and taught at various universities and countries and now I bring back that knowledge to assist my friends. I also told them that at every opportunity I get, which is true, I mention their names, as a token of my appreciation of the love they had shown me over the years.
DEDICATED HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AT THE CLINIC. THIS DOCTOR IS AN EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD FAMILY PHYSICIAN.
I INVITE MY DEAREST FRIEND IN MIAMI, DR MW TO COME AND HELP ME TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH STATUS OF THESE ANCIENT PEOPLE OF THE AMERICAS