Olin Tezcatlipoca contributed to fifth and final This Is Not A Gateway Festival - 2014
"Olin Tezcatlipoca organizer, historian, lecturer, poet, philosopher and founder and director of the Mexica Movement. Mexica Movement is a Nican Tlaca (Indigenous) rights educational organisation founded in Los Angeles, California in 1993 with members and supporters in several cities. His research-based reconstructed view of history and colonialism grew out of a need to solve the puzzle of standard Eurocentric-told history. His years of research eventually led him find that missing history that would unravel the lies of European-told history. It led him to develop an organisation with which to present that history."
Olin Tezcatlipoca presenting at the fifth and final This Is Not A Gateway Festival - 2014
From the 2014 This Is Not A Gateway Festival Programme
SATURDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2014 / 5:00PM – 7:00PM / The Great Hall
War on White Supremacy & Eviction Notice
Olin Tezcatlipoca , Awqapuma Yayra Colque, Nemequene Aquiminzaque Tundama
"This important discussion will highlight how the whitewashing of the continent Cemenahauc (‘Americans’) has hidden the truth about its ancient cities and civilisations. European colonialisation is put on trial. Was the notion of European racial superiority, "White" supremacy, initiated by the Papal Bulls of the mid-15th century? Did the corrupt aspects of European Christian morality make for the justification of the criminal and immoral aspects of the invasion, conquest, and the use of smallpox as a weapon of colonization? How will knowledge of history and clarity on identity unite the Nican Tlaca (indigenous peoples) against white supremacy?"
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SUNDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2014 / 5:00PM – 7:00PM / The Great Hall
The Tragedy of Progress
Olin Tezcatlipoca (Founder of Mexica Movement), Benny Wenda (West Papua independence leader and former political prisoner), Pradnya Garud (Disaster Researcher and End Caste Activist), Ward LeRoy Churchill (Sacked Professor, Author and Indigenous Activist), David Bedford (Author and academic). Chaired by Awqapuma Yayra Colque and Nemequene Aquiminzaque Tundama
This remarkable conversation will focus on Bedford and Churchill’s thesis that the Marxist notion of ‘progress’ as understood and utilised by ‘the left’/ ‘progressives’, continues to undermine the lives of the majority world, particularly the indigenous populations still under occupation. Were Marx and Engels’s ideas rooted in myths of white supremacy? Have readings of their work that argue there are ‘phases of progress’ enabled those with a vested interest to allow, participate or turn a blind eye to genocide, globalisation, land theft and the subsequent speed of urbanisation? What are the consequences or experiences of criticising ‘the Left’? Importantly, the panel will also discuss resistance and the struggle for self-determination.
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A biography of Olin Tezcatlipoca
Digital Audio Visual recordings of both of Olin Tezcatlipoca's contributions.
Photographs from Olin Tezcatlipoca's London visit.
Festival programme information - date, time, registration names etc
Personal reflection from Olin Tezcatlipoca about his This Is Not A Gateway experience