native american studies

anonymous asked:

hello! i was wondering if you knew any good resources about settler colonialism and antiblackness in the U.S and how these things relate to each other?

  Yup, so here’s a list of a few with a summary of the topic addressed (Links to the articles/books are provided if I have them)

Fanon, Frantz – Black Skin, White Masks - Addresses the effects of (settler) colonialism on Native Africans in Algeria. Also a ur-text for a lot of contemporary Black Studies literature.

Fanon, Frantz – The Wretched of the Earth - Addresses the effects and processes of colonialism and its intersection with anti-Blackness/White Supremacy.

King, Tiffany – “Labor’s Aphasia: Toward Antiblackness as Constitutive to Settler Colonialism”  - Amazing article discussing how the metaphysics of labor are disarticulated by Blackness and how anti-Blackness was a necessary part of settler colonialism.

King, Tiffany – “In the Clearing: Black Female Bodies, Space and Settler Colonial Landscapes” - Probably the best work in this list. King addresses how anti-Blackness shapes settler colonialism and how settler colonialism shapes anti-Blackness. It’s one of the better intersections of Black Studies and Native American Studies, in my opinion.

Sexton, Jared – “The Vel of Slavery: Tracking the Figure of the Unsovereign - Addresses the flaws in Native American Studies attempt to understand settler colonialism and how Blackness makes settler decolonization problematic. 

Wilderson, Frank B., III – Red, White, and Black: Cinema and the Structure of U.S. Antagonisms - Not all about the intersection, but the first three parts do address, to some degree, the intersections between Blackness and Redness.

Tuck, Eve, Allison Guess, and Hannah Sulton – “Not Nowhere: Collaborating on Selfsame Land”  - Interesting work on how Blackness can create a place of meaning. A work on the Black/Land Project.

Jackson, Shona N. - “Humanity Beyond the Regime of Labor: Antiblackness, Indigeneity, and the Legacies of Colonialism in the Caribbean” - Discusses how Black people can participate in anti-Red/Settler colonial systems and the problems of working through a labor discourse.

cvvtx  asked:

Hi! This is really random but I bumped into one of your posts and I've ALWAYS been interested in witchcraft since I was really young. Recently I keep thinking about it and stuff but idk where to begin. I was wondering if you could tell me?:)

Sure, I’ll try my best! I do have a beginner tag where you can find this original post, but I’m going to copy and paste the majority of it for the purpose of this ask.

“I’m going to start off with three things you should consider before deciding to be a witch. These are not necessary, but are suggestions.

One - What is your primary goal or what you want to achieve from becoming a witch? If you are just interested in it for the aesthetic, or because you think it will make you look cool, I would reconsider the reason behind your interest. This isn’t to say that people haven’t come to witchcraft this way and have been successful, but it may take you longer to grow into. Something else to consider is that having this identity can be dangerous depending on your location and situation. Those that dress as witches for the aesthetic are probably not trying to be harmful, but can sometimes cause a false sense of belonging to those that are practicing witches. (I asked a girl once if she was a witch because she wore a pentacle and I was looking for a local friend and she laughed at me.) Being a witch is often lonely and kept as a personal identification.

Two - Witchcraft can be happy and sunshine and rainbows, but at it’s base it is not something to laugh about. Witchcraft is about using the world around you and bending it to your will. That is a huge responsibility to have on your shoulders, as what you do can often affect others around you, whether you mean it or not. You have to be able to accept that witchcraft means work, responsibility and dedication. It is not a toy.

Three - Not everything you see is up for grabs when it comes to magical practices. There is (yes, there is) such a thing as Cultural Appropriation and it is a harmful thing to spread and practice. I’ll leave you more information on this later, but the point is that not all practices and paths are open for you to explore. You need to be able to look at everything objectively and do research and ask questions. Where does this practice come from? Who started it? What culture is it from? More often than not, when you engage in these types of practices, you are not even getting the original information. Why would you want to so something that is just a half-assed version? It’s disrespectful and harmful to the actual, living people of color (POC) that still practice the original forms of magic or ideology that so easily gets passed off as “ancient and mystical” when it is really just a white-washed version.

Some other tidbits to keep in mind.

Magic is not black and/or white. It is a neutral force that you bend to your intentions. Calling “good” magic white, and “bad” magic black only propagates racial inequality and the subliminal message that POC are evil.

You don’t have to be Wiccan to be a witch. Wicca is a religion/cult/practice where members worship the god and goddess, revere nature and often use magic in order to supplement worship. They follow The Rede and the Three-Fold Law. Most of what you will see on Tumblr is actually Neo-Wicca, which does not require a practitioner to be initiated into a group by way of a Priestess or otherwise. Wicca is an initiatory cult. Neo-Wicca is based off of Wiccan teachings, and often allows the practitioner to be solitary.

You can follow a religion (any) or you can not follow a religion. Witchcraft can be viewed as a religion on its own, but generally speaking it is a practice that can be blended with religion or not.

Witchcraft does not equal Satanism - as Satanism has many forms and ideologies it branches to as well, some not even involving magic.

You don’t have to be pagan or worship any deities to be a witch.

You don’t need to be white to be a witch. (I’ve been asked this!!!)

You don’t need to be straight to be a witch.

You don’t need to be able-bodied to be a witch.

You don’t need crystals.

You don’t need fancy tools.

You don’t need to read Tarot.

You don’t need an Ouija board.

You don’t need to communicate with spirits.

You don’t need a familiar.

You don’t have a spirit animal unless you are Native American and studying in a tribe. (Please read this post)

Smudging is also NA, see above. Please refer to it as smoke cleansing.

You can curse.

You can choose not to curse.

You don’t have to practice every day.

You can take extended breaks.

You don’t even have to call yourself a witch! Witch is a gender neutral term, but some feel uncomfortable using it because of its feminine history. You could use Wix, sorcerer(ess), magician, practitioner, cunning man/woman, etc. You don’t even need a title at all.

You don’t need a magical name unless you want one.

I’m sure I’m forgetting something along the way, but the bottom line is that whatever you choose to do, you are valid. All you need is yourself and the drive to learn and practice, whatever that may mean to you. There is no right or wrong way to be a witch, unless you are doing something that is harmful to oppressed cultures and people.”

Reading Material

Mostly, I’ll be using my tags for this, so that you can peruse as you wish!

Beginner Witch Masterpost - via @magic-for-the-masses

Witchy Masterposts - everything you’ll ever need, especially for beginner ideas like energy work and visualization.

Types of Witches Masterpost - to help you narrow down your focus on your path if you feel necessary!

Cultural Appropriation in Witchcraft - can get a bit heated, so take that into consideration.

Deities - offerings and masterposts of pantheons

Witch Tips - beginner friendly tips

Spoonie Witchcraft - beginner friendly and good for low energy work

Books - PDFs and book references for purchase

Astrology - fun stuff mostly and some informational posts

Herbs - associations and precautions

Tea - witchy essential

Coffee - also a witchy essential

Bath Magic - beginner friendly

Sigils - low energy and beginner friendly

Crystals - lots of pictures, some informational posts and precautions.

Curses - if you dare

Kitchen Witchcraft

Moon Magic

Storm Witchcraft

Tarot Tips - side blog

Other Divination

Anything else you are welcome to search on my blog by typing in word here) or you can visit my FAQ for more information.

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Some of these blogs do overlap with witchcraft and divination, but these are people I follow and respect. If you have any questions please feel free to send me and ask or message me! That goes for anyone :)

As a Mexican American, I’ve always wanted to identify and be proud of of the Mexican culture I felt I belonged to, or wanted to belong to. I always felt in the middle.I didn’t want to be excluded, I hated that I was “whitewashed” and too americanized. My family was more disconnected from our culture than I wanted to be. We were second, third, and fourth generation. We didn’t speak Spanish, made a few Mexican dishes, and didn’t know a lot of Mexican pop culture, because our elders had blended in and hid our proud Mexican ties to save themselves and us from racism and oppression. I hated telling people I was Mexican American, it didn’t sound proud. I’m not Hispanic, the category the government had assigned me was far too general. My culture is not Spanish, it’s Mexican. Where my people originated from and the root of their and my traditions is from Mexico or originally: Aztlán.


hell on wheels is pure gold

APUSH Study Guides

Hello, everyone! Many of you have requested study guides for AP US History since I opened the offer up - and I have delivered!

Here is the first study guide. It will be part of this page on this blog found under the ‘explore!’ menu. I will update it very frequently! I expect to have most of them done for every era by tomorrow. Maybe even all of them. We just don’t know. 

Eventually I’d like to make infographics of all the eras but that’s hard and I am a mere student living life, blogging, exercising, watching shows………..

Native American Studies

(If there is such thing.. I’m pretty sure there is.)

I was thinking that maybe I could consider doing Native American Studies. I’ve always been interested in their culture. And it totally sounds more stable and intelligent to pursue such a career. But I don’t know. Just a thought. It would be cool to travel around and such.

pattonelliott24  asked:

Since you graduated, why don't you make a Seven headcanon about their graduation from the college at New Rome?

  • Annabeth graduates first. She’s so excited and Percy is there to support her even though he won’t graduate until the following year. She got an architect degree with Magma Cum Laude and several honors. Her father, Magnus, and Percy all went out to dinner to celebrate her big accomplishment. 
  • Percy graduated with no honors but as a C student in biology. He never thought he would be where he is now. His mother, father, sister, and Grover traveled to come to his graduation, getting the loudest cheer from his family and friends when his name was announced. 
  • Jason and Piper graduate next. Jason graduated Cum Laude and with a degree in history education. Piper graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Native American Studies and Psychology. Thalia was able to come watch her not so little brother graduate and Mr. McLean was able to come to support his daughter.
  • Leo walked with them but he didn’t finish his degree until the following semester. He graduated from the mechanical school and was excited to show off Festus 4.0 as his final project which would be his greatest achievement.
  • Frank graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Zoology. He had all of his friends there to support him. There was no one he would rather have there than his friends. 
  • Hazel was the last one to graduate, two years after Frank. She graduated with no honors, but college was super stressful for her. It took her a long time to get through her normal classes, not the education classes she needed for her Childhood Education. 

cryptidraejepson  asked:

Hey, i was trying to counteract an assertion today that an increase in refugees in a country leads to greater racial tensions and more crime - i think you answered a similar q a while back but i can't find it could you link me please? ty

Yeah, we’ve posted on this topic a few times, for example;

-the 2017 study that showed that the more refugees a U.S. city hosted, the lower the crime rate!
- crime rates remain constant in Germany even after welcoming large numbers of refugees.
- the stats that show that immigrants are less-likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans
- the 2013 study showing that UK areas with large amounts of immigration enjoying significant drops in crime.
- our analysis of Swedish crime rates & refugee numbers that demonstrated that refugees had zero impact on the crime rate there.

Hope that’s enough to get you started!

I would love to do a film like Howard’s End, which is one of my favorites. I would love to do a film like Sense & Sensibility, but until society changes, the only roles I’d get to play in movies like that would be either as a maid, or a prisoner, which totally sucks.

Notable performances by Blackfoot actress Misty Upham

+ Jane - Jimmy P. 

+ Lila Littlewolf - Frozen River

+ Johnna  - August: Osage County

+ Shirleen - Edge of America

*44/100 days of productivity*

1.3.16 // In company of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau
annotations to Emerson’s “Letter to President Van Buren - a protest against the removal of the Cherokee Indians from the state of Georgia - “ (1836)

anonymous asked:

As a anthropology student, what types of classes do you have to take? I'm very interested in anthropology as it relates to human behavior, art and ancient societies like Greece, Rome and Egypt. Would I have the freedom to explore these topics or would I have to stick to more physical stuff (bones) and archaeology? Thanks!!!!

It depends on your university! This is going to be a bit rambling, so bear with me.

One of the great things about the study of anthropology is that it encompasses a wide range of research interests and perspectives. In the US and Canada, most universities embrace the “four fields” model of anthropology, which integrates cultural anthropology, physical/biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology. Most North American anthropology programs will require you to take at least intro level courses in all four fields, and probably some electives as well. However, different programs allow different levels of specialization, and even different concentrations and degrees within the department’s umbrella. If you’re pursuing a BA in general anthropology, you’ll likely have a good deal of freedom to choose which field(s) your electives come from once you’ve completed your core breadth requirements. You should also look closely at the classes offered by universities you’re considering— different schools have faculty with different backgrounds, different ongoing research, and different philosophies. Not all anthropology departments are created equal, and it’s important to make sure that a program includes your research interests. For example, Smith College heavily emphasizes cultural anthropology, and therefore groups their department with sociology. Fort Lewis College is surrounded by important southwestern archaeological sites, and offers concentrations in applied archaeology and Native American studies. Some colleges have archaeology and anthropology in completely separate programs. In Europe, it is common for archaeology to share a department with either history or classics, with anthropology as a separate degree.

It sounds like you’re mostly interested in the classical world. The study of past cultures is actually primarily the domain of archaeology! It’s not all digging in the dirt (though some of us really like that part, and even choose to specialize in it). The “physical stuff” is more than just stones and bones, and if you look into it more you might be surprised at how much these disciplines relate to your interests. Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion got me hooked on cultural anthropology initially, but my interests evolved rapidly after taking World Prehistory and a series of archaeology courses.

There are many different paths to an anthropology degree, and you’re likely to have a significant deal of freedom to pursue your research interests in your average anthropology program. That’s why I chose anthropology as a major: they were the only department that would let me study all the weird stuff I’m interested in without ending up a quadruple major!

If you have questions about what goes on in the four fields or what specific classes I’ve taken, please ask!

Anthro & Arch friends, feel free to chime in!
American Wizarding Schools

k so I’ve been thinking about it, even though there are some cool things about Ilvermorny, it was honestly such a let down, its basically canonically the wannabe school of Hogwarts which is so lame so consider a few things

•As with American tradition, wizarding schools are the preppiest, snootiest boarding schools of old money you can imagine

•There’s the East Coast school which caters to the kids in NY, NJ Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington DC, and the surrounding areas 

•Its in the heart of Manhattan, but somehow remains completely unnoticed, and everyone wears preppy uniforms á là Gossip Girl

•A lot of these kids’ parents are politicians in MACUSA or big time lawyers or wizard company CEOs

•They’re known for their potion making and muggle studies programs

•There’s the West Coast School in San Francisco which has a prominent LGBTQ+ community, the students are half Instagram hipster artists, and the other half are heirs to silicon valley startups (don’t even pretend Steve Jobs wasn’t a wizard)

•They are known for their skills in arithmancy and history of magic courses

•The Southern school is on a huge Ranch a few miles from Fort Worth, Texas

•There’s horses and hippogriffs, and a recluse band of Centaurs who live nearby 

•The school in Texas is known for Care of Magical Creatures and Charms

•There’s a small offshoot of the Texas School in Oklahoma City which specializes in Native American Wizarding studies, although Native American wizards are welcome at all schools, and all wizards are welcome at the OKC school

•The OKC school specializes in Transfiguration 

•The midwest school is close to Aspen, Colorado, in the mountains (They’re known to have the most amazing Christmas celebrations)

•The Colorado school is known for its Divination classes as well as herbology courses (if u no what I mean 420 blaze it)

•It also has a very popular exchange program with the magical school in Mexico

•The last and most prestigious school is in Alabama, and it has educated some of the most prominent American wizarding families

•It is housed in a cluster of old Victorian mansions, it is very wealthy and the preppiest of all the schools

•It is known for it’s Defense Against the Dark Arts classes as well as Astronomy

•It also teaches special courses on magical involvement in the civil rights movement

•There are no school houses but there are fraternity like groups that have branches in all the schools, and students often do “exchange” programs between schools, and host different events together

•There is definitely High School Quidditch where all the schools compete against each other, similar to high school football, but country-wide

•Collegeboard probably has AP transfiguration and AP history of magic etc, lbr

•also, in case this wasn’t enough, I’ve made Pintrest Boards for all the schools: NYC    San Fran    Texas   Colorado   Alabama

greatgardenerprince  asked:

Who is Tracy Reactor?

Tracy Rector (Seminole/Choctaw) is the Executive Director and Co-founder of Longhouse Media. After having worked with over 2000 youth, since January of 2005, Longhouse Media has seen the artistic and community growth of many young Native filmmakers. 

As an educator and co-founder Tracy has worked from the ground level in organizing this success in tandem with her passion for filmmaking. With her first feature projects, Tracy learned how to bring oral tradition into a contemporary storytelling format while also identifying how the Coast Salish communities wanted to be involved in the filmmaking process. 

Her films have had national broadcast and distribution with Independent Lens, National PBS, National Geographic’s All Roads Project and on the world festival circuit.  In 2009 Tracy received the National Association for Media Literacy award for outstanding contributions made in the field of media education (previously awarded to Jon Stewart and Bill Moyers). 

She is a recent Sundance Institute Lab Fellow and is the recipient of the Horace Mann Award for her work in utilizing media for social justice. Tracy was raised in Seattle and Albuquerque, both homes have inspired her artistic and cultural vision. She currently works and lives in Seattle with her two boys.    

Tracy earned her Masters in Education from Antioch University’s First Peoples Program. She specialized in Native American Studies, traditional plant medicine and documentary film. As the co-producer of the award-winning film Teachings of the Tree People, producer of March Point and director of Unreserved Tracy has developed an awareness and sensitivity to the power of media and film as a modern storytelling tool.