Quick Notes: Dogwood Protests, Wicker Tree Gets Distribution, and Hoodoo & Conjure Quarterly

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  May 5, 2011 — 54 Comments

Just a few quick news notes for you on this Thursday.

COG Local Council Protests Go Daddy: The Dogwood Local Council of Covenant of the Goddess (COG), a regional body that serves Witches and Wiccans living in Georgia and Alabama, have sent out an announcement that they have stopped using the Internet domain service Go Daddy and are joining an ongoing protest that stems from company CEO Bob Parsons shooting and killing an elephant in Zimbabwe.

“We understand that Parsons’ acts were within the legal limits of Zimbabwe’s laws. And he may believe that he is doing good. However, the ends do not always justify the means. After careful consideration, we, as Witches and members of humanity, have decided to protest these killings,” states Hawk, First Officer of Dogwood Local Council and High Priestess of GryphonSong Clan [...] “While we do not want to see humans starving as a result of these roving elephants, we cannot condone the progressive annihilation of a species simply because they are in our way. And the African Elephant is still on the WWF endangered species list.”

Parsons has repeatedly defended his actions as humanitarian in nature, criticizing his critics as unwilling “to step up and do anything,” saying they are “all talk and no walk.” Vanity Fair notes that Parsons seemingly failed to realize that the “heroism of rich white men shooting elephants” has long ago fell out of fashion. As for Dogwood’s protest, it remains to be seen if the rest of COG, or other Pagan organizations, will follow suit.

The Wicker Tree Will Be Coming to America: Fangoria reports that “The Wicker Tree”, the forthcoming companion film to the classic 1973 Pagan-themed horror film “The Wicker Man,” has been picked up by Anchor Bay Entertainment for distribution, and that the film will be screened at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

“Fango has learned that writer/director Robin Hardy’s THE WICKER TREE—the British helmer’s semi-sequel to his 1973 classic THE WICKER MAN—has been picked up for distribution in North America and the UK, as early as this fall. The film’s international sales agent, High Point Media Group, will screen THE WICKER TREE at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival on May 14 and 16. Anchor Bay Entertainment will release THE WICKER TREE, described as a “companion piece” to the original film and based on Hardy’s 2006 novel COWBOYS FOR CHRIST (the initial title for the follow-up movie, previously attempted and scuttled a few years ago), which takes place 40 years after the events of the previous film.”

So we could be seeing this film in theaters this fall! Maybe just in time for Samhain? We’ll keep you posted. You can read all of my “Wicker Tree” coverage, here.

New Orleans Voodoo and Hoodoo Gets a Magazine: New Orleans Voodoo Examiner Denise Alvarado brings our attention to a new quarterly magazine entitled Hoodoo and Conjure Quarterly.

“Recognizing the resurgence of folk magic and the growing community of hoodoos, rootworkers, and spiritualists, Planet Voodoo has created a new, high quality journal that meets the needs of today’s conjurers and curious. Hoodoo & Conjure Quarterly (HCQ) journal is the first publication of its kind that focuses on New Orleans Voodoo and hoodoo and related African derived traditions. It shares historical and contemporary information about aspects of the conjure arts, including magico-religious practices, spiritual traditions, folk magic, southern hoodoo, and religions with their roots in the African Diaspora and indigenous herbalism. Each issue of Hoodoo & Conjure Quarterly brings you original and traditional formulas, spells, tutorials, root doctor, spiritual mother, and conjure artist profiles, information about New Orleans Voodoo and more!”

The periodical was created by Alvarado and her business partner Sharon Marino. The first issue came out in March, is in full color, and is 100+ pages long. If you want order a copy, please visit Planet Voodoo.

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  • Baruch Dreamstalker

    Hard to belive The Wicker Man is that long ago. I saw it at an art-film theater and had no idea what was going on.

  • Alex Pendragon

    Great, yet ANOTHER "bloodthirsty pagans" movie for monotheists to beat us over the head with….sigh…..

    • Gareth

      I always thought the Pagans came off quite well in the wicke rman (1973). I don't think they will in the wicker tree though.

    • Lillitu Shahar Kunning

      I personally loved the Wicker Man. I hope that the Wicker Tree is as good.

  • Peter Dybing

    Hats off to Dogwood LC for taking a stand.

    Peter
    National First Officer
    COG

    • http://www.facebook.com/KveldulfThorsFreyrssonStormcloudWormwood Gary P Golden Jr

      taking a stand against what exactly?

      • grimmorrigan

        CEOs shooting large mammals. I think.

        • Bogomil

          Which is wrong why?

          • http://norsealchemist.blogspot.com NorseAlchemist

            Because some people are over sensitive about human beings being strong enough to kill other animals with our superior tech, and feel that mankind should lay down and be eaten, I guess. They would see gone the days when a person could gain status by the skills of the hunt, noble though it may be in the eyes of our Gods and Kin.

          • harmonyfb

            Or maybe they feel strongly about animals who are threatened or endangered because of human encroachment, and would prefer to see them preserved, rather than killed.

            Frankly, I'd be more impressed with "noble" big game hunting if it were done with a spear or an arrow. You wanna brag about bringing down that elephant? Put down the damn rifle and pick up a spear. Otherwise, shut up about it.

            (Full disclosure: I come from a family of hunters, and I have hunted. For food. I don't have a high opinion of "sport" hunters.)

          • http://www.facebook.com/KveldulfThorsFreyrssonStormcloudWormwood Gary P Golden Jr

            "Or maybe they feel strongly about animals who are threatened or endangered because of human encroachment, and would prefer to see them preserved, rather than killed."

            So instead of doing something about it they 'protest' it?…interesting.

          • desultoryphilippic

            By protesting Bob Parsons, they are taking money out of his pocket. So yes, they are doing something.

          • grimmorrigan

            How so?

          • http://www.facebook.com/KveldulfThorsFreyrssonStormcloudWormwood Gary P Golden Jr

            wow…that's really effective, now what are they doing about the actual cause of the problem?

          • harmonyfb

            They are doing something about it – they're stopping their economic support of a sport hunter, so their money isn't being used for such things. Making a public statement is another thing they're doing – which isn't nothing. Words have power.

          • M. K. Davis

            The issue that concerns me is the fact that elephants are sentient, self aware, and highly intelligent beings who communicate with and care for each other and mourn their dead. Only our hubris treats them as dumb animals. Killing elephants in their own range land which we hairless primates have usurped is pure and simple genocide.

          • natrand01

            Yes. Hubris is a good word . Did you read the NYT article where it demonstrates the elephants performing the mourning ritual over a dead human. So beautiful!!

          • http://www.facebook.com/KveldulfThorsFreyrssonStormcloudWormwood Gary P Golden Jr

            tell me harmony…what makes him any different than the thousands of hunters who go to africa every year in pursuit of game, game that goes to fill the stomachs of the natives, who help guide him and who benefit both in food, money and the assistance of reducing populations of certain animals that do more damage to the environment than humans are doing.

            or is this just because he is the CEO of a company…the hypocrisy of some of you is funnier than sh*t.

          • harmonyfb

            What makes him different? Aside from his public chest-thumping?

            Well, offhand I'd say that the real difference is that the folks in question were giving him money. So they've decided to give their business to a company which more closely mirrors their beliefs.

            game that goes to fill the stomachs of the natives, who help guide him and who benefit both in food, money and the assistance of reducing populations

            Of course, the "natives", as you so charmingly refer to them, know perfectly well how to shoot guns, and could do so themselves. They don't need rich white guys to do it for them, though I'm sure many rich white guy sport hunters think they're filling a need instead of indulging their fantasies.

            the hypocrisy of some of you is funnier than sh*t.

            How is it hypocrisy to put one's money where one's mouth is?

          • http://www.facebook.com/KveldulfThorsFreyrssonStormcloudWormwood Gary P Golden Jr

            "How is it hypocrisy to put one's money where one's mouth is? "

            so you have in fact donated money to the 'natives' to help them plant the crops that will de3ter the elephants?

            "Of course, the "natives", as you so charmingly refer to them, know perfectly well how to shoot guns, and could do so themselves. They don't need rich white guys to do it for them, though I'm sure many rich white guy sport hunters think they're filling a need instead of indulging their fantasies."

            what should I call them? what tribe are they? dammed if I know…and tell me, do you plan on now protesting the government of Zimbabwe and the local tribes for a) not doing it themselves or b) for not using the 'alternatives' or c) this is just another publicity stunt because it is easier to pick on the CEO of a company that it is to realize your emotions are misplaced.

          • harmonyfb

            so you have in fact donated money to the 'natives' to help them plant the crops that will de3ter the elephants?

            As a matter of fact, I have donated to a number of conservation groups whose purpose is to preserve endangered animals. So the answer to your question is "yes".

            what should I call them? what tribe are they? dammed if I know

            But that doesn't seem to have stopped you from pretending you know what you're talking about.

            this is just another publicity stunt because it is easier to pick on the CEO of a company that it is to realize your emotions are misplaced.

            My emotions aren't "misplaced" – they're exactly where they ought to be (and I imagine that the Dogwood folks have their emotions in the right place, as well.)

            Publicity stunt? Hardly. Try "political statement".

          • saffronrose

            I was made aware of this em, "humanitarian act" a couple of days ago.
            I went to http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/825/707… and signed a petition, for whatever that's worth, to tell Parsons I'm not impressed and thought better of him before. I'd have pulled my domains from them, had I not let them lapse in 2010 (I wasn't doing anything with them).

          • Syna

            Thank you. Stop making this about hunting. Most people who are against this are NOT anti-hunting on principle.

          • desultoryphilippic

            Or some people are too much in love with their guns.

          • grimmorrigan

            I don't think too many Gods would smile upon the use of heavy weapons to kill animals in the hunt. Somehow I don't see Artemis joining the NRA. The mythology of hunting was a heroic one because we needed food to survive and meat was scarce. If you want to celebrate those who bring us our meat todya you might want to celebrate, truckers, farmers, butchers, and even those 'orrible factory farms.

        • http://www.facebook.com/KveldulfThorsFreyrssonStormcloudWormwood Gary P Golden Jr

          I know…that's why I am asking what the problem is.

          • desultoryphilippic

            Bob Parsons said he was on a humanitarian mission to rid the area of "rogue bull elephants" that were crushing the sorghum fields. The elephant he killed was a small female, hardly a big bull. Then he posts his video gloating over his manliness. Like it takes a whole lot to kill an animal with a high powered rifle. If he was truly there for humanitiarian and ecological reasons, like he claimed, he would have used other methods. There are many earth- and animal-friendly methods of controlling and directing herds of elephants without resorting to killing them. What a hypocrite.

          • http://www.facebook.com/KveldulfThorsFreyrssonStormcloudWormwood Gary P Golden Jr

            how is giving the village meat that will feed them for awhile hypocritical? What have you or anyone else done to abate the situation they are facing? And you all call him a hypocrite…awesome.

            Tell me, these 'earth/animal friendly' methods you speak of, how much do they cost? One would think they would have had that thought of already, unless of course this isn't really about them…

    • Bogomil

      Ya, it's wonderful when a bunch of American dilettantes take some time out of their busy day to get self-righteous about something they clearly do not understand at all. Instead of allowing a hunter to take care of the problem of an elephant that destroys the local crops and thus to help the impoverished local population, with the added bonus of putting some meat in their inadequate diet, we should self-righteously suggest solutions that are entirely impossible given the economic, social, and political situation there. That's great. Eventually, maybe starvation will help eliminate the human population so the elephants can live in peace and happiness.

      • http://kauko-niskala.blogspot.com kauko

        Given that there are non-lethal ways of dealing with the elephants encroaching on crops and that elephants are an endangered species, it seems to me that there is room to question the appropriateness of shooting the animal and posing in front of it to make a nice picture to post of teh interwebz.

        • http://norsealchemist.blogspot.com NorseAlchemist

          Hmmm….

          Have broke, poor, starving villagers Spend lots of money to get giant elephant removed…

          or…

          Have broke, poor, starving villagers charge Rich American lots of money for "privilege" to shoot giant elephant, removing it and making a lot of money for the locals.

          Yeah…I can totally see why the locals would want to go with option A.

          • desultoryphilippic

            Have you not been paying attention to methods of controlling elephants, particularly in Asia? I guess not, you'd rather kill something than find a way to work with it. Growing chilies is hugely economical, provides food and an exportable product, and controls elephants. But no, it's more fun to shoot the elephant instead.

          • http://www.facebook.com/KveldulfThorsFreyrssonStormcloudWormwood Gary P Golden Jr

            so let me get this straight…you have your panties in a knot over the CEO of an American corporation killing an animal whose body was used to feed the villagers and help get rid of a problem elephant instead of the villagers planting a crop that you say would deter them naturally…

            interesting that you vilify the CEO instead of placing the blame where 'it should belong'…I mean after all did you expect the CEO to plant the crops himself? Instead of boycotting GoDaddy with your self righteous indignation how about you pass the hat and take a collection from all these concerned pagan groups and send a team over to show them how to deter elephants the 'natural and earth friendly way'…or you could always stfu and let them do it in the manner that they see fit.

            do you think the tribes people would rather have the money/meat from the elephant? I wonder if they would look at your alternative as being as beneficial as you do.

          • Souris Optique

            Do you not think consumers should have the right to spend their money where they want? What other corporations do you feel that we should be forced to subsidize?

          • http://kauko-niskala.blogspot.com kauko

            You've completely mischaracterized the available non-lethal methods of dealing with this kind of situation in order to bolster your own opinion on the matter.

  • Anna Helvie

    Crap. Both my websites and the hosting are with Godaddy. Well, time to find new hosting, and to spread the word.

    • http://norsealchemist.blogspot.com NorseAlchemist

      Or you could think for yourself and not give into social pressure, and still use Go Daddy. Why punish those that work for the company by removing business and costing them their jobs because their CEO decided he wanted a vanity shot with something he killed for what may or may not have been good reasons?

      • harmonyfb

        The only reason I needed to not use GoDaddy were those offensive, sexist commercials.

        • Crystal7431

          I hate those stupid commercials. They're reason enough not to use Godadd, let alone the killing of endangered species.

        • natrand01

          good point!

        • Caroline Farrow

          This.

      • Souris Optique

        Because OF COURSE *anyone* thinking for themselves would want to use this one specific company. Anyone who doesn't think *just like you* is obviously incapable of thinking for themselves.

  • natrand01

    As I see it, the contestable point should not be over the ethics of hunting or killing for survival or politics or the elephant.As I see it, the contestable point should not be over the ethics of hunting or killing for survival or politics or the elephant.

    First and foremost, hunting is a natural event in the living world. And, most pagans, recognize the place of the hunt in human and animal society. Hunting for food, or for safety, is credible part of life. This blog is called "the wild hunt" for goodness sake.

    However, as pointed out in the NY Times article, the center of this elephant problem is the imbalance that is occurring between the "natural world" and humanity. We have stepped back into a position of power so great that we can essentially "play God" or Goddess for that matter. We can choose who lives and who dies. We can choose who will spend the rest of intellectual eternity on the "extinction list, who will be confined to zoos and our homes and who will be allowed the freedom of a natural existence. We have allowed ourselves, through progress, to reach this place. and, in doing so, WE have the responsibility, as shepherds, to treat our natural world with care.

    Why isn't this about humans versus animals? Why should we be concerned about the unruly beast that causes us harm? In our attempts to become king and queens of the planet, we have deluded ourselves into believing that we are separate from nature and infallible. We are mere teenagers playing with fire thinking we won't get burned. Most of the natural problems that we are now facing are ones that we caused.

    However, there is one part of this great eco-system that we will never conquer. That is planet earth. By not being careful in our treatment of the ecosystem, including elephants; by not maintaining balance, we will, in the end, put ourselves in the "extinct" column of history. We have to be careful…very careful in all that we do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/KveldulfThorsFreyrssonStormcloudWormwood Gary P Golden Jr

    "Killing elephants in their own range land which we hairless primates have usurped is pure and simple genocide. "

    really? cause the only definition I can find is:

    "the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group"

    where exactly do elephants fall into this?

    tell us M.K….what do you suggest, or better yet, what have you contributed to the alternative?

    • harmonyfb

      There's been a number of suggestions made, and many donate to conservation groups which are active in Africa, and ALSO speak out against sport hunting (like the group Jason reported).

      • http://www.facebook.com/KveldulfThorsFreyrssonStormcloudWormwood Gary P Golden Jr

        "There's been a number of suggestions made"

        ok…so why aren't you pissed off at the government or the tribes then? hmm? I mean after all they were the ones who allow the hunting to take place and the tribes people are the ones who most likely guided him…

        how come you only addresses the alternatives comment and not the genocide one?

        oh hypocrisy, how I love ya…

        • harmonyfb

          ok…so why aren't you pissed off at the government or the tribes then?

          How do you know I'm not? ::rolls eyes:: The thing is, I can't control their exploitation of rich white guy fantasies. I can, though, control to whom I give my money in trade.

          And I ask again: How is putting one's money where one's mouth is 'hypocrisy'? I'm not sure that you understand what the word means.

          • http://www.facebook.com/KveldulfThorsFreyrssonStormcloudWormwood Gary P Golden Jr

            "How do you know I'm not? ::rolls eyes:: The thing is, I can't control their exploitation of rich white guy fantasies. I can, though, control to whom I give my money in trade."

            lmfao…roll your eyes in your faux self righteous indignation all you want, the fact remains that your "protesting" will accomplish nothing, are you planning on protesting or boycotting all of the other "rich white guys" qho go on elephant hunts in Zimbabwe? you guys crack me up.

            "And I ask again: How is putting one's money where one's mouth is 'hypocrisy'? I'm not sure that you understand what the word means."

            I know full well the meaning of the word, and I even have you and a few others on this thread actually doing it so yea, I kinda do understand.

            Maybe you and M.K. can 'understand' what genocide means.

        • Souris Optique

          Why do you care SO MUCH? How much of your money is tied up in Go Daddy?

          • harmonyfb

            I'm wondering if that's actually Parsons (or one of his employees.)

      • http://www.facebook.com/KveldulfThorsFreyrssonStormcloudWormwood Gary P Golden Jr

        "There's been a number of suggestions made"

        so tell me harmony…whose responsibility is it to finance and implement those alternatives, the government? the tribespeople? or Bob Parsons?

        • harmonyfb

          It's our responsibility to not knowingly support that which we consider unethical.

          • http://www.facebook.com/KveldulfThorsFreyrssonStormcloudWormwood Gary P Golden Jr

            rofl, nice dodge…so tell me harmony…whose responsibility is it to finance and implement those alternatives, the government? the tribespeople? or Bob Parsons?

          • harmonyfb

            Please note my reply above.