By Boi (boh-eh) Beting

 

Here lies a silence

that crept into my flesh

It seeks deeper union

with my exiled heart

 

From head to foot

It conquered my being

with no signs of leaving

 

But I won’t be beaten

be swayed or be enslaved

by the gift of comforts and chimes

or its sweet lullabies

or its gift of emptiness

 

Silence in a consciousness

unwritten, almost unspoken

in this part of the West

thus here my body hides

but my spirit soars or strives

 

My body and spirit breaks

into vast distance and time

as I watch the winter skies

as My Spirit returned to villages

hearing Indigenous cries

 

Everyday my heart departs

Embrace you all in my past

though engulfed with silence

to the fight I pay with full reverence

for a just peace in our land

 

 

 

Boi (boi-eh) Beting

Boi (boi-eh) Beting

“Boi” means a womxn tribal leader in one of the tribes living at the foot of Mt. Apo, the highest peak in the Philippines. Boi B was uprooted from her roots at the age of seven and since then onwards, she lives a lifelong struggle to live and adapt with the mainstream community through which she earned an education and has been heavily involved in human rights related works.In her mid-thirties she returned to her own tribal communities,started the cultural regeneration movement and through legal process, lead her people for their right and protection of their ancestral domain claim.After that she served as volunteer worker for other tribes in other localities, in order to be with them

in their fight for land and Indigenous rights, and facilitate food and social services to Indigenous peoples affected by armed conflicts or civil war. Their struggle today for land and self-determination is just a continuation of the centuries of struggle of their ancestors in Southern Philippines.

After 30 years of working for and working with Indigenous Peoples (IP) communities, human rights advocates and peace advocates, Boi B has again been uprooted under the current political turmoil. She intends that the next generation of community IP leaders will replace and continue our work to protect the land, preserve their identity, and sustain peaceful communities. This next generation of leaders, she believes, can negotiate their way effectively if, like her, they will also educate themselves with mainstream education. Both knowledge of the traditional and mainstream will help these new leaders sustain the tribe’s struggle for existence. Thus, Boi B calls for support to send young adult Indigenous community leaders to university so that they will be more equipped with skills and knowledge to serve their communities. Let’s help her do that.

You can make donations to Boi B:

  •  Please write cheques to “Support For Migrant Workers” Contact: Guelph-based migrant worker support group Fuerza/Puwersa at Fuerza.Puwersa@gmail.com for mailing address.
  • Buy any Luyos MaryCarl track on bandcamp and all funds will go towards Boi B’s