indigenous thought

For the greater percentage of people living in the modern monetized world of today, there is no village, no tribe, no body of humans that constitute a person’s “people”. What is there instead is the “public”.
Their world is populated , that’s for sure, but not with people who know one another, but with a vast “public” of unknown individuals, competing on every level to get above wherever they have gotten to, to get away from the rest of the “public”!
—  Martin Prechtel

Happy World Indigenous Peoples Day!! Just thought I’d bless y'all with a few snaps of me, my friends, and family as a healthy reminder that indigenous people can look strikingly different from each other even in the family! ❤ (note: every person pictured is Native, except one person in the family pic)

Quebec Liberal MP Marc Miller holds speech in Mohawk

For the first time since Confederation, Mohawk was spoken in the House of Commons. Not by an indigenous person itself, but by a Marc Miller, an anglophone non-indigenous member of the Parliament of Quebec. Even though it is not his mother tongue, it is an exceptional gesture and example. He has been learning the Mohawk language secretly for months and wanted to pay tribute to the First Nations at the beginning of the National Aboriginal History Month. He wants to encourage more people to learn more about indigenous cultures and languages. His speech has been perceived very positive by others, also indigenous people: “I always thought they’d laugh at me and say, ‘Is this guy ridiculous? Who is this clown?’ But it’s been the opposite. It’s been extremely positive." 

Akwiratékha’ Martin who teaches Mohawk at Kahnawake’s immersion school said: “I applaud his efforts and it’s very respectful. […] I hope that he continues using the language in his job. But most of all, I wish that he helps get all (indigenous language) programs funded that are not recognized or funded by his government. I’m sure that he knows now that for us speaking our language is medicine and heals a part of our spirit.” 

Marc Miller spoke about the revelation this adventure gave him: "It’s very odd that we can say hello in 15 languages that aren’t Canadian, but we can’t say hello in a First Nations language. This is just the tip of the iceberg. If you can communicate, you can understand where people are coming from.”


Ur daily reminder that present day white permaculture/food foraging/ herbalist movements actively extract from Indigenous thought while simultaneously discrediting Indigenous knowledge systems as ‘not science’


July 6, 2017


by Nsrgnts

Venice, California native Votan Henriquez has prized his Mayan and Nahua roots since childhood. He told KCET that even before teachers convinced him he could make a living from art, he incorporated indigenous patterns into his tags. Through his company Nsrgnts he now infuses “indigenous thought and philosophy” into everything from t-shirts to skateboard decks. When Self Help Graphics on 1st St. in Los Angeles opened “The Art of Indigenous Resistance: Inspiring the Protection of Mother Earth” on Mother’s Day weekend—with support from Honor The Earth—Nsrgnts prepared the way with this large wheatpaste tribute to indigenous women, highlighting a Diné (the preferred name of the Navajo nation), Maori, Hopi, Tsawataineuk, and Kayapo. Believing that art has a unique power to evoke emotion and wake people up, the show was intended to raise awareness of issues affecting native people everywhere.  @nsrgnts  @honortheearthtour  @shg1970

An epistemological assessment of the impact of indigenous histories suggests that North American archaeology is, and should be, firmly rooted in anthropology (Kelley and Williamson 1996). As archaeology continues to engage with postcolonial theory and endeavors to decolonize its concepts and practices, those roots will become more apparent. Recent heritage research among the Inuit, Dene, and other First Nations has highlighted the political value of archaeology to indigenous peoples while demonstrating the fruitful outcomes of collaborative work.
—  T.J. Kristenson & R. Davis, “The Legacies of Indigenous History in Archaeological Thought.” Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory (2015) p. 535

anonymous asked:

I'm quite a dark Native American and every time I say I'm Indian people always look at me weirdly and make it hard for me to be proud as I feel like I just shouldn't say my ethnicity/race anymore.

Never let someone else tell you who you are.

I really struggle/d with identity issues growing up. I never felt “Indian” enough. I even went through a phase of never saying I was Native because I was so tired of having to explain to people why I didn’t look like Disney’s Pocahontas. Or that we still exist. Why was I so tall/light/dark/big/small? People would ask me my tribe and scoff when I answered saying they ‘never heard of it, must not be real’. Then they would turn around and inform me that they were descendants of Cherokee Chiefs and Princesses. Or else people would ask me “how much” not understanding how hurtful that is and that my answer would never satisfy people. I saw interviews on TV where people like Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Bill Clinton, etc would casually say they were Native American like it was a hobby. Native today. Greek tomorrow. I would look at their faces and then my own in the mirror wondering ‘Why don’t I look like them?’ I wondered what was wrong with me. 

Yet I didn’t get to blend in seamlessly with mainstream society either. In Farmington, NM I was assaulted by a random guy because I was a “dirty Native”. I had a person ask me on an interview, out of the blue, if I liked to drink because they “know how [we] are”. I had a bottle thrown at my head in Albuquerque while someone shouted at me to “Go back to Mexico”. I’ve been mistaken for Filipino, India Indian, Hispanic, Samoan, Pacific Islander, Mongolian repeatedly. 

I felt alone. Sometimes I still do. 

I feel like I disappoint people when they meet me. “You speak really well.” “Wow you are smart.” “You have really nice hair.” “I never met a real Native!” But why do people sound so surprised? These aren’t compliments to me. These make me curl up at night, wondering if I am pandering or if I am a traitor. They cause me to question myself. Then they make me upset because ‘Why wouldn’t I speak well? Why wouldn’t I be smart? Why shouldn’t I exist.’

I was invited to the White House a few weeks ago as a ‘representative’. I felt uncomfortable with that title. Also perhaps, deep inside, I didn’t feel Native enough. I can name 20 Native Women off the top of my head more deserving. I ended up speaking at a local Urban Indian health center instead that day and (hopefully) gave my spot to someone I felt was more deserving. She is Black American, Oneida, Caucasian and grew up on army bases around the world - never living on a reservation. But she knows her cultures. She is proud of her cultures. She is what I aspire to be. Confident. Proud. Constantly finding out new knowledge about her cultures. 

I wish I could give you a hug. You are not alone. You deserve to be proud. You deserve to be magnificent. You deserve to be loved. You deserve to be accepted. You deserve to define who you are.

Be proud of who you are. Your race is a social construct, but your culture and your knowledge defines you. There is no such thing as an ‘Ideal Indian’. You just being the best you is what is ideal. Embrace that.


So damn near everything in this society tells Women that they’re only good for being consumed by Men. This society teaches Women that it’s more important to get chose than it is to build. (I know hella Women who build for themselves anyway and they still sexy while doing it. )

But we live in a society where Women are constantly told that their value is mostly(if not solely) based on how consumable they are to Men.
Then we chastise Women in pictures like this for this “being all they have to offer”
When we don’t even know if it’s all they got to offer.

BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, Women are taught that this is where their value is then we constantly turn around and attack them for it?

There are so many contradictions within this patriarchy and those contradictions fall on the heads of Women who aren’t allowed to win because they’re too sexy or too plain, too flirty or too boring, too pushy or not determined enough.

We live within multiple oppressive power structures and most of them have situations where people just aren’t allowed to win.

This patriarchy is one of them and must be dismantled.

lunam-texentium  asked:

Any thoughts on indigenous children and youth in care?

Canada treats indigenous children like they’re less than human.

Canada underfunds indigenous children compared to children of every other background:

First Nations group urges Ottawa to ‘end this racial discrimination’

Canada continues to fight indigenous children’s rights to health care:

First Nations family takes Ottawa to court over denied dental coverage

Canada rips indigenous children from indigenous families at astronomical rates:

Canada’s indigenous children have the worst child poverty of any demographic in Canada by a wide margin:
Canada To Launch Nationwide Investigation Into Murdered, Missing Aboriginal Women
A study by Canada's police found that nearly 1,200 Aboriginal women were murdered or went missing between 1980 and 2012. But two Canadian government ministers say that number could be far higher.

Canada’s government is preparing to launch a major inquiry on murdered or missing aboriginal women.

A 2014 study by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police found that nearly 1,200 aboriginal women were murdered or went missing between 1980 and 2012. But two government ministers involved in planning the investigation say they believe the numbers are actually far higher.

“When you look at the real depth and breadth of this tragedy, it’s way bigger than we had thought,” Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said at a news conference with Minister for the Status of Women Patty Hajdu this week in Ottawa.

An indigenous Xavante man attends the World Indigenous Games in Palmas, Brazil on October 22nd 2015. Of the estimated 2,000 indigenous languages thought to have been spoken in pre-Columbian times in what is now Brazil, only around 160 survive today. Experts warn that as many as 40 percent of those remaining could be lost in the next few decades, as elders die off and young people get more access to television, internet and mobile phones. Credit: AP/ Eraldo Peres


Indigenous People’s thoughts on Christopher Columbus