decolonization

DOWNLOAD: A Tribe Called Red’s Killer Remix of Buffy Ste Marie’s “Working for the Government”

A Tribe Called Red drops a free single on this most colonial of national holidays.

And that song is none other than a 2015 remix of legendary Cree singer Buffy Sainte Marie‘s classic “Working for the Government”. In A Tribe Called Red‘s capable hands, the song transforms from an already upbeat anthem into a rockin’, four-on-the-floor, dancefloor destroyer.

Mixing politics and partying you say? Ironically celebrating Canada, you say? Sounds like a perfect pairing.

And what could be more CanCon than a collab between the first lady of Indigenous song, and one of the newly dubbed Top 10 Canadian Bands of All Time?

Get the free download right here

on this ‘Kanata Day’, why glorify colonial conquest when you can lay bare the deep mythological heritage that still holds sway in the Canadian psyche?

Why celebrate a falsely imagined nationalism that overwrites Indigenous nationhood in all its forms when you can champion the work of Indigenous artists committed to the daily struggle of correcting media misrepresentations and representing ourselves on our own terms?
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O Kanata Day: Watch Mohawk Artist Jackson 2bears Remix Colonial “Heritage Mythologies” - RPM.fm

I wrote about Jackson 2bears and colonial mythmaking for RPM. happy anti-canada day, y’all.

I guess when I complain about US-Centrism it’s not really about people in the US, but more about people in Australia using the US as a way to like… get out of focusing on local issues? Especially in Australia, specifically Australians often use the excuse of ‘oh it’s not as bad as in America’ to justify their racism or treatment of indigenous people. Or will look to progress in America as a way to be complacent about progress in Australia.

The Civil Rights movement in the US provided a catalyst for land rights, and anti-discrimination movements in Australia, and basically since then nothing has happened in Australia ever because lawyers, politicians, and academics expect that following the US will happen naturally. Because of this we very rarely focus on Australian issues and how they function in Australia, and most of the reason for this is because a lot of our lawyers, academics and politicians don’t actually have any interest in seeing Australia progress with regards to decolonization and reparations especially, but also other things such as equal marriage.

With regards to same-sex marriage, it’s made a lot of straight people in Australia believe that there is no progress left here (yes as we know marriage is not the final destination for lgbt+ rights) but its even more wild because in Australia we don’t even have close to equal marriage rights and people are already celebrating. The US is used like a veil to obscure the fact that literally nothing ever happens in Australia ever. 

When straight Australians turned their profile pictures rainbow, it made a lot of lgbt Australians realise that straight people don’t actually care about equal marriage rights here at all but rather just the celebration of some kind of ‘pop-cultural’ moment. This not only diminished the reality of the equal rights campaign here, but trivialised its success in the US.

I definitely know that complaining about US-Centrism is often used as a way to manifest anti-blackness especially when it’s people complaining about US-Centrism to Americans as if they can fix it at all. This is really terrible and has to stop.

But basically what my point is is that it would be really good if Australians themselves could start becoming more conscious of the fact that we can’t expect our social climate to mirror the US. And it would be really good if we stopped using US theories to base literally everything we talk about on. A lot of this comes from the fact that the Internet is v much US dominated, but that’s really  becoming a terrible excuse.

Are you interested on being part of RADICALLY AND CONSCIOUSLY MOONING ONLINE KNOWLEDGE SHARE? I started cooking this project 10 months ago when I was home in South America. I have been making moon pads and blogging about menstruation for a couple of years, for some reason I thought everybody knew about menstrual cups, moon pads, matecitos, secretos de abuelas, conscious mooning, ‘planting’ your blood, etc. I was surprised to know that a good amount of people, even folx that were into natural medicine, did not have much access to this information. Being back home pushed me to create the framework for an online knowledge share on menstruation, I wanted to do it over the internet 1) to push myself to make videos and edit them 2) reach people all over the world, no physical fake borders dividing, no need to show up to a physical space to be part of it us 3) design an online knowledge share that would also document and save the knowledge ALL of us have. Salud Autogestiva and community health are big with my friends in South America, this knowledge share is also a way to bring that 'reclaim everything’ energy into the work I do in (what is know considered) the US. THE APPLICATION FOR THE FIRST CYCLE WILL BE OUT TOMORROW, the selection process is a combination between first-come-first-serve and reading through your responses and getting people that align politically with what I hope to generate through this project. If you want to be notified as soon as the application opens 1) register to the mailing listhttp://eepurl.com/bqvXED. The email will be out tomorrow noon-ish LA time 2) check La Loba Loca tomorrow. So exited for this!

-La Loba Loca

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O Kanata Day: Watch Mohawk Artist Jackson 2bears Break Down Colonial “Heritage Mythologies”

Happy Anti-Canada Day—it’s time to celebrate the country’s Original Peoples.

That’s right, we said it.

In a year of reconciliation, on a nationalized holiday of mostly mindless settler celebration, what better time than now to acknowledge not only the long and continuing history of colonialism that has built Canadians’ Homes on Native Land, but also the strength and resilience of the Indigenous Nations and societies that predated the arrival of Europeans on our shores?

That’s what Kanien’kehá:ka DJ/VJ and multimedia artist Jackson 2bears is doing.

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All too often women believe it is a sign of commitment, an expression of love, to endure unkindness or cruelty, to forgive and forget. In actuality, when we love rightly we know that the healthy, loving response to cruelty and abuse is putting ourselves out of harm’s way.
—  bell hooks
NATIVES READ TOO
NATIVES READ TOO

Browsing the internet, found some free PDFs to read:

You have here, writings that detail Indigenous topics covering or in the style of: manifestos, creative writings, political, cultural, “feminist”, environment/ecosystems, and Natural Law. 

Enjoy the readings!

Foods We Gave to Europe (AKA Foods the Colonizers Stole from our Ancestors)

Maize (from Taino, mahiz)

Tomato (from Nahuatl, tomatl

Papaya (from Carib, pawpaw)

Potatoes (from Taino, batata; from Quechua, papa)

Squashes (from Narraganset, askutasquash

Tobacco (from Taino, tobaco

Vanilla (from Latin, vaina)

Chilli Peppers (from Nahuatl, chilli)

Pineapple/Ananas (from Guarani, nana nana

Avocado (from Nahuatl, ahuacatl

Peanuts/Cacahuate (from Nahuatl, tlalcacahuatl)

Pecans (from Ojibwe, pakan/bagaan)

Chocolate (from Nahuatl, xocolatl/chocolatl)

issues to focus on for queer people in America now:

  • transphobic violence, especially against trans women of color
  • LGBTQ teen homelessness and suicide rates
  • lack of access to important resources for lgbtq teens (especially trans teens)
  • accessible healthcare/mental healthcare, especially for trans people
  • bullying of lgbtq teens in schools
  • the over-sexualization of the queer comminuty (let’s create more safe queer spaces that aren’t bars and clubs)
  • inner-community issues like biphobia, asexual erasure, etc
  • promoting the voices of queer people who aren’t white gay men
  • decolonizing the lgbtq narrative
  • supporting lgbtq people who have no desire to get married and whose relationships might now be perceived as less legitimate 

celebrate, yes, but never let one victory make you complacent

You come to the United States and the United States begins immediately, systematically, to erase you in every way, to suppress those things which it considers not digestible. You spend a lot of time being colonized. Then, if you’ve got the opportunity and the breathing space and the guidance, you immediately when you realize it begin to decolonize yourself. And in that process, you relearn names for yourself that you had forgotten.
—  Junot Diaz; Fiction is the Poor Man’s Cinema

Aboriginal rights protest disrupts Australia Day Parade in Melbourne

Hundreds of people marching for Aboriginal rights have disrupted official Australia Day celebrations in the Melbourne CBD.

The group – holding Aboriginal flags and chanting “always was, always will be Aboriginal land” – followed the parade down Swanston Street, flanked by police.

The rally that followed was lead by two organisations: Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance and First Nations Liberation.

Organiser Meriki Onus, 27, said the group had earlier gathered at the steps of parliament house to lay flowers in commemoration of Aboriginal people who were killed during white settlement, the Stolen Generation and Aboriginal deaths in custody.

She said January 26 was a day of mourning for Aboriginal people.

“We don’t celebrate Australia Day, because Australia Day celebrates genocide,” Ms Onus said.

“Today is Invasion Day for Aboriginal people.”

As the vocal group marched from Parliament to town hall and on to Birrarung Marr, people chanted “No pride in genocide” and “Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.”

Placards carried in the procession included “End the NT intervention” and “Stop deaths in custody”.

The rally came to a brief halt at the intersection of St Kilda Road and Flinders Street as members of the crowd burned gum leaves.

Ms Onus said the turnout for the rally was far greater than she had expected.

Djuran Bunjileenee, from First Nations Liberation, said it was important for the wider community to remember the events of January 26.

“Australia Day is the day our land was physically occupied by invaders,” Mr Bunjileenee said.

wanna Decolonize?

let’s start with a few basic questions

whose land are you on right now? What is the history of this land and the peoples who have occupied it since time immemorial? what names do those peoples have for this land? how have you come to be on this land? what are the processes that made this land available to you? what about the land you grew up on? or land your parents grew up on? etc.

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Mauna Kea Protectors Arrested After Successfully Shutting Down TMT Construction

Construction of the $1.4 Billion telescope has been shut down until further notice. More than 700 protesters marched on to the summit to stop the TMT.

Watch a 3-part video series on the Native Hawaiian defense of the their sacred mountain: Mauna Kea TMT Showdown June 24th. 

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RESPECT & SOLIDARITY. DECOLONIZE HAWAII. ALOHA ‘ĀINA.

The first Thanksgiving Day did occur in the year 1637, but it was nothing like our Thanksgiving today. On that day the Massachusetts Colony Governor, John Winthrop, proclaimed such a “Thanksgiving” to celebrate the safe return of a band of heavily armed hunters, all colonial volunteers. They had just returned from their journey to what is now Mystic, Connecticut where they massacred 700 Pequot Indians. Seven hundred Indians - men, women and children - all murdered.

This day is still remembered today, 373 years later. No, it’s been long forgotten by white people, by European Christians. But it is still fresh in the mind of many Indians. A group calling themselves the United American Indians of New England meet each year at Plymouth Rock on Cole’s Hill for what they say is a Day of Mourning. They gather at the feet of a stature of Chief Massasoit of the Wampanoag to remember the long gone Pequot. They do not call it Thanksgiving. There is no football game afterward.

—  Richard Greener | The True Story of Thanksgiving