For anybody living in the United States, November 23rd (Thursday) is the national holiday “Thanksgiving,” which is alternatively used as a National Day of Mourning for Native Americans.
We’ve had really great turn outs for the last Tumblr Events in the past, and I say we reclaim this day as well. Thanksgiving is often a difficult time for Natives, especially Native children in elementary schools who are forced to reenact a whitewashed and fabricated version of history between their ancestors and the early settlers. The truth about these events are often swept under rugs with no regard for the trauma and pain it causes Native Americans to this day.
If Tumblr is going to be your escape on this day, let’s fill it up with things to be proud of.
Post selfies, artwork, poems or anything you’ve created.
Submit or send asks about your favorite Indigenous films, actors, activists, historical figures, or anything that gives you a sense of pride and inspiration.
If you are Native and own a shop or online store, advertise it here!
If you would like The Aila Test to add links to articles/documentaries/other sources that detail the horrors of Thanksgiving, let us know. We will set up a tag if you’d like to blacklist it, but I think it would be helpful and healing for everybody if we made this day more about us, our accomplishments, our creation, our pride, and our personal growth and happiness.
If you choose that day to mourn the loss of your family and ancestors, feel free to submit a tribute to them as well. Please know that we love and support you.
That was almost exactly a year ago. Not only did I improve so much, but I haven’t drawn so much fan art for something before.
You know who you are. Thank you for sticking around, for your kind words, for sharing my art, for making me laugh, and to help me become a better person. I wish there was more I could do for you guys. :’[ ♥
“What is happiness for you?”
I don’t have to think about it. I know the answer. Happiness is the moment when I open a new book. It’s when I smell and old book.
It’s looking at my bookshelf before I close my eyes. It’s reading about my favorite characters. It’s the moment I fantasize about being trapped in my favorite book. Reading is my happiness.
I am so proud of you, Dan! @danielhowell 💛
And, to all of my friends here, especially those who are suffering from mental illness, it will get better and I believe that you can get better. I admit that I haven’t experienced this dilemma myself, but I’ve had friends in real life who have. I know that it’s hard to open up, but I just want to let you know that you can always talk to me. Even if we haven’t talked before, we can always have a chat and I am always willing to be a friend 24/7.
You’ve gone through so much in life.
I love you and I am so very proud of you. 💛