Jason Kenney has a warped (colonial) version of history.

The only reason the Canadian railroads were built were because the indigenous people were starved and forced off of the land and onto reserves. The railroads themselves were largely built by Chinese workers paid poverty wages and taxed even further because of rampant anti-asian racism.

This is a model Jason Kenney wants to emulate?

If Jason Kenney becomes premier of Alberta, don’t expect any opposing views to be heard on pipelines. Kenney said it himself he doesn’t care about social license.

anonymous asked:

Quick question on animal spirits. I know it is cultural appropriation to use spirit guides, totems, etc. as related to Native Americans. However, I was wondering as a whole if an animal spirit can guide you or help you without it being appropriation. This, in practice, would be an example of getting aide from that wolf spirit named Timmy versus getting help from "the Wolf" as it may be in NA traditions. Also, how would you ensure that you don't accidentally appropriate?

Try looking into familiars, first of all.

Secondarily, ask yourself why you’re attempting to utilize a culture’s stuff. Look inside yourself and accept that your choices may piss others off. Also, for safety, if the culture is very much so separate from you, don’t use its stuff. There’s a difference between Paganism, which has no real “home culture,” and spirit animals, which are definitely a culture-specific idea.


Personally, I disagree with the complete blanket ban on ‘guiding animal spirits.’ Animism (attributing souls and spirits to non-human beings and objects) and totemism are two of the oldest forms of human religion, and is far wider spread in origin than just the Americas. Some of the earliest recorded deities worshipped by humanity were bestial in form - Bat the celestial cow goddess of Egypt, for example. 

I’m not discounting cultural appropriation entirely, but you seem to be aware of the issue and are keeping it in mind. I find it very likely that animal spirits and spirits in animal form exist outside of closed cultures.

~ Smudge

Totemism is a specific Native tribe belief and practice. However, spirit guides that had animal forms were apparent in many cultures. Just don’t call them “totems”, “power animal”, “spirit animal,” etc. If you’re getting help from a wolf spirit, just call it that. Certainly not the wolf spirit as it puts it on a high pedestal and makes it sound like a deity belonging to a Native tradition.

- trueriptide

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How a historic court decision is driving a new wave of First Nations protests
A pair of First Nations are using a monumental 2014 Supreme Court of Canada decisions as legal precedent in their protest against major fish farms on Vancouver Island.

Fish farms along British Columbia’s West Coast have been at the centre of political and environmental battles for years, but this time it’s a two-year-old legal decision that’s behind the string of recent protests by First Nations against the industry.

In 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled the Tsilhqot'in First Nation — and in turn all other First Nations in Canada — can have aboriginal title to lands outside of native reserves.

At the time, experts predicted that unless First Nations got a greater say in how their traditional territories were being used, B.C. would soon be awash in new protests and new legal cases.

Now, two years later, those predictions appear to be coming true.

Last weekend, the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw First Nation served a 72-hour eviction notice on a fish farm at the north end of Vancouver Island.

Band leaders cite ancestral rights to the land as the reason for eviction.

“This is unconditional,” said Willie Moon, the band’s hereditary chief. “We want them out of our territory.”

Later in the week, four members of the Yaakswiis Warriors — who are part of the Ahousat First Nation — were arrested north of Tofino for going onto the Dixon Bay fish farm in a boat, citing similar claims to the territory.

The latest round of ‘fish farm evictions’ is just one sign the experts' predictions on land title are coming true.

First Nations activists have also launched a campaign around the annual grizzly hunt in the Great Bear Rainforest by posting signs, most notably at the Vancouver Airport’s South Terminal, warning potential hunters: “Trophy Hunting is Closed in the Great Bear Rainforest. Respect our Traditional Laws.”

The tactic has been spearheaded by Coastal First Nations, an alliance of nine First Nations along the Central and North Coasts and Haida Gwaii, in an effort to raise awareness about the controversial practice.

“This is one of the most disrespectful industries,” said Kitasoo/Xaixais chief councillor and CFN spokesman Douglas Neasloss.

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Ancestral worship and ATRs

Let me clarify something because I Have seen some bullshit Out there.

IF YOU ARE NOT OF AFRICAN DESCENT, then you are not working with ancestral spirits in African based traditions! Working with your ancestors is a personal practice. There are methods for working with ancestors in these traditions but by worshipping Lwa, mpungu, nkisi, Orisha is not ancestral worship in itself especially if you have no ancestors from where these spirits come from!! These terms like bakulu, egun/eggun, egungun, Lwa are African terms for African ancestors of certain tribal indigenous groups, they are not catch-all terms for ancestors especially since their usage has changed in the diaspora.

Bakulu in palo are not your ancestors, they are ancestors of the lineage of your Rama. Egun in Orisha worship are ancestor all spirits of the lineage of your ile. Lwa are ancestral spirits from many different tribes, people in Haiti also have family Lwa who are either actual ancestors or acquired spirits that have been passed down through the family. Similarly in the Middle East and parts of African, you can have Majini or djinn or jinn that are passed down through the family due to an ancestral contract. You also have certain deities and saints in Hinduism generationally worshipped by families.

In Ocha/lukumi/Santeria, a whole lot of people think a Teja or a palo Muerto works with your ancestors, nope, you are working with spirits from your house’s lineage. So if you have not done Ocha (elekes and guerreros does not mean you are tied to that lineage), you are just feeding your godparents’ and babalawo’s spirits/egun not yours.

If you need an egun stick, make it yourself. It’s for your ancestors not theirs but you do it with guidance from an Espiritista.

A boveda can assist in communication for your ancestors but it is not an ancestral worship altar in itself. The primary purpose of the boveda is to work with spiritual guides, the ones you were born with and the ones you have acquired throughout your life.

Lastly, not every practitioner, spiritual worker or priest is qualified to give ancestral assistant, advice or do ancestral work. Just because they say they can do ancestral healing or readings doesn’t mean they really can or know what they are doing. It’s not an initiation either. Someone else cannot initiation you into the mysteries of your own family and ancestors. They can provides tools to assist but again they can only guide you. It also requires introspection, time and work on your own family spirits. A crown on the head does not mean your ancestors are happy with you nor does it mean that they will communicate with you either.

If the spiritual worker can’t tell you in detail where his/her family is descended from, what areas, what countries, what tribes then they haven’t done enough investigation into themselves let alone can they provide an investigation into your ancestors.

The spiritual worker also has to be not only a good medium/spiritualist/Espiritista but have enough historical/multicultural/multilingual knowledge and experience to understand messages being given about the ancestors investigated which could literally be from anywhere in the world or time period.

Ancestors are not lineage spirits or deities or spirit guides or angels. They are in your blood, literally in your DNA. They are the reason you are here today no matter how you may feel about them and they need to be respected above any other spirits.

yourhellisreal  asked:

How do you cleanse objects? I have a ring I would like to cleanse for a spell but I'm not sure how.

So there are more than a few ways to cleanse something and shake off any negative energy that may have collected around it. A tried and true way is salt, if it’s a ring you’re cleansing light white candles and let it sit in a dish of salt - maybe set it on top and as it sinks slowly to the bottom envision it becoming cleansed. Maybe let it sit there overnight. Another method is smoke cleansing (some witches still insist on calling it smudging but that is a strictly native/indigenous practice so don’t do that). To smoke cleanse make a bundle of sage or rosemary and burn it in a dish passing the ring through the smoke until you feel that it’s cleansed. If it’s a fairly nice ring you could always use a white candle and pass it through the flame if that’s something you’re into. And then of course some witches say that you can cleanse objects with only a simple incantation and a bit of meditation and focus. So it’s really your call. I like to pair cleanses with actual cleaning so if you have a jewelry cleaning kit then that could also be how you cleanse it. I hope this helps!
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anonymous asked:

Sniper Headcanon: Sniper's not a materialistic guy. All he really needs he can carry in his van, and doesn't like being burdened by too many material things... unless it comes to his music collection. Sniper loves music, and has a couple boxes filled with cassettes he can't bare to part with. Bonus: he's a fan of Bob Dylan and also has a huge appreciation for indigenous music from across the world.

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Kasut Manek

Kasut manek are slippers with beaded toe coverings, worn by Peranakan Chinese women, together with a batiksarong and a kebaya. The Peranakan Chinese are descendants of early overseas Chinese communities in Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, where they adopted various aspects of the indigenous cultures.Kasut manek toe coverings, executed mostly in counted thread beadwork, were often made by the wearers themselves. Fine examples were embroidered with tiny cut beads, known as manek potong, which came from Bohemia and France. Slippers embroidered with small, smooth seed beads were considered inferior, as they would not have the sparkling effect of cut beads. The completed beaded toe coverings would be sent to Chinese shoemakers to be made into slippers. Kasut manek developed sometime in the 1920’s and replaced velvet slippers that were embroidered infloss silk and goldwork.


  • AUGER, Timothy (2008). Peranakan Museum A-Z Guide, Singapore: Editions Didier Millet
  • HO, Wing Meng (1987). Straits Chinese Beadwork and Embroidery – A Collector’s Guide, Singapore: Times Book International.

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anonymous asked:

Everyone is talking about Blackpink and the indigenous dance but yall didnt say anything about them doing an African dance movement (you know the stereotypical arm dancing that people do when they want to "imitate" African dance)

When you want to point something out like that, please don’t use “why isn’t anyone talking about” or “none of you said anything about.” There’s a huge chance that no one knew or noticed and saying that guilt trips people.

You aren’t the first person to send a message like that and there are various posts on tumblr that start off like that, but please make sure not to do this again. Also in this case it’s also a phrase that erases tries to make the idea of people being upset about the indigenous dance that blackpink did as less important. 

And if you can send in screenshots and/or the time stamps for what you’re calling out please do!

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anonymous asked:

Question: What's the difference between black women and woc? Sorry if it's stupid; Im not American (my country doesn't have racial terms beside indigenous and white) and I really want to understand. [Personal Sidenote: I don't know how to identify myself either. Grandma was black latina, dad is kinda lebanese and mom looks like her Spanish grandma. What am I suppoused to be? Sorry for asking.]

WOC stands for “Women of Color” and is a blanket term for non-white women in a general (but usually Western-centric) context. “Black women” refers specifically to women of African descent. So all Black women are WOC, but not all WOC are black women.



A huge company is building an oil pipeline through the Missouri River. It’ll transport the dirtiest oil right through some of the cleanest water in the US. If there is a crack, leak, spill, any breakage, (which is super common) that oil will seep into the water and that water will become toxic.

The company that owns Sunoco just got their permit approved (btw Rick Perry is on their board of directors, in case that gives anyone else the fucking creeps). In response, a bunch of kids from Standing Rock Reservation physically ran across the country (1800 miles) in protest, carrying a petition w/ over 140,000 signatures, and met with the white house. NOW these kids, members of indigenous tribes around the nation, and their allies, are standing in front of massive equipment, using their bodies to stop construction and putting their lives on the line to protect this water.


When that water gets contaminated by oil, it will be poisoned, essentially deadly, within the hour. It’ll effect anyone in any community along the river or connecting rivers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. More people than we can fathom will lose access to clean water, and it’ll happen quickly. These kids are fighting for our access to clean water, too.

What happened in Flint could have been avoided if we had known about it. This time we have a shot.


This is a big list of things we can do. Sharing info, donating funds, sending supplies… We all have different abilities and means so here are a number of ways you can help.

  - This is the official White House petition, their original petition has over 200k signatures, since this one is 

  - Sign and share, the more numbers the better and they will keep you updated via the petition, let u know what’s going on at Sacred Stone and ways you can help as the fight continues. 


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‘For as long as it takes’: Native American protesters defy North Dakota pipeline construction

“Joey Montoya, like other protesters near Cannon Ball, at the northern boundary of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, sees himself as not just protecting the local community from a new oil pipeline – but also the country and the earth.

“Native communities are always just the first to be affected. We’re always at the front lines when oil companies come in.”

Montoya, a 22-year-old member of the Lipan Apache tribe from San Francisco, is part an influx of Native American and environmental activists from all over the country who have gathered in the remote part of the state to take a stand against the $3.7bn North Dakota Access Pipeline, which tribal members say threatens to pollute drinking water and damage sacred sites

In recent years, there have been a string of indigenous actions against oil pipelines in the US and Canada, but this one is already attracting especially broad support. On Facebook, Jon Eagle Sr, the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer at the Standing Rock Reservation, affirmed that the Seven Council Fires of the Sioux Nation – representing all Sioux groups – had come together for the first time since 1876 over this issue. Tribal chairman Archambault called in a statement for “my fellow American citizens (to) stand with my people”.

Mossett thinks that Native American pipeline activism may be at a crossroads. “This is the first time that the tribes have been coming together in recent history.”

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