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Blood on the American Dollar

It honestly hurts my heart to see POC (people of color) being greatly mistreated in America. The #blacklivesmatter movement and #arthoMovement ARE VERY IMPORTANT AND NECESSARY!! In a country where the white male is superior to all minorities even though America consists of more POC compared to white people, POC are treated as minorities.
Growing up my mom depended on my schools to educate me. I barely learned anything about POC, especially Latina women. Our history books were white washed from the table of contents, to the blurb. When I did learn about POC, it would be a small chapter going from ‘slavery - Harriet Tubman - Lincoln freeing slaves - Martin Luther King Jr - modern time being represented as peaceful between races’. But as I grew older I realized that there was so much missing from these history books.
There wouldn’t be “Modern America” without the native Americans being manipulated and murdered by Europeans (colonials). There Wouldn’t be “Modern America” if Blacks weren’t enslaved, sexually and physically abused, murdered, etc. for the benefits of Whites (who EVEN TO THIS DAY ARE STILL USING AND PROFITING MONEY FROM SLAVERY 100 YEARS AGO), and if blacks haven’t stopped fighting for EQUALITY FOR THE PAST 200 YEARS. There wouldn’t be “Modern America” if Mexicans didn’t work hours of labor growing foods that Whites sold for more money than what the were workers were paid, and if Mexicans weren’t scrutinized for their marches for better pay and better working conditions for the farms that supplied the food To whites at the dinner table.
America as a country would’ve failed if it weren’t for the blood, tears and pain of POC. British colonists and whites as a whole couldn’t have made America what it is today on their own. they selfishly committed mass genocide of native Americans, and harshly abused the existence of blacks, Latinos and Asians for their own benefits. There is blood on the American dollar and it is not George Washington’s Blood.
The absence of POC in American history kills me.IT IS UBSURD. EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN ABOUT THE TRUE HISTORY OF AMERICA.

It sickens me thinking about how a country built on the backs of POC, Whites make more money than us.
If a white man makes a dollar, a white female makes about 89 cents, a black female makes about 70 cents and a Latina female makes about 59 cents.


Think about how America was established by racist, misogynistic white males which has created life long undertones of racism and misogyny in our society, in our economy and in our history books.

What the fuck is the deal with north american summer camps and boys/girls scouts appropriating native american cultures and using our symbols, art, languages, and clothing as part of their curriculum? White kids walk around with patches with dream catchers on them and native men cartoons with headdresses and patches that have white kids sitting around a teepee with ‘anopi nation’ stitched into it? What is your deal? I am a native american and I MYSELF don’t even use these symbols because there is just no such thing as pan native american culture. I don’t use headdresses or dream catchers because they’re not a part of either of my two nations’ cultures, and my people have never lived in teepees so what makes white people think that it’s respectful to us to use these images for summer camps and scouts organizations? As if we should thank them for using our imagery because somehow it helps us? Stop. 

SEPTEMBER 3 - KATHERINE SIVA SAUBEL

Activist, scholar and leader Katherine Siva Saubel was known for her efforts to preserve the language and culture of the Cahuilla people. In 1964, she acted as one of the founders of the Malki Museum at the Morongo Reservation, the first Native American museum created and managed by Native Americans.

In collaborations with linguists and anthropologists, Saubel helped produce a dictionary and grammar book of the Cahuilla language, which had previously only existed in spoken form. She also worked alongside these individuals to generate work on Cahuilla history, folklore and medicinal plant usage.

In 1993, Saubel became the first Native American woman inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York.

Can we stop with the headdress argument?

Let me start off by saying this: you’re going to have the “gutter community” in every single group of people. Someone is always going to be a jerk. With that in mind, let’s continue.

Also, let’s get a definition (thank you Wikipedia)

Cultural appropriation is a sociological concept which views the adoption or use of elements of one culture by members of a different culture as a largely negative phenomenon.

Can we please fucking stop with the “cultural appropriation” bullshit, everywhere? “WHITE CHICKS CAN’T WEAR DREADLOCKS D:” or “ONLY TRUE NATIVE AMERICANS CAN WEAR A HEADDRESS” Seriously? It’s a freaking hair style. No one can “own” a hair style. For the natives argument? I’ll get more in depth.

For starters, there’s literally hundreds of tribes within America (or at least, once was). Many tribes have popped up and/or been wiped out for a variety of reasons (war among themselves, plague/disease, sanitation issues, etc). To claim the headdress argument is bullshit because not every Native American tribe wore a headdress. Also, for the tribes that did have the garment, every tribe had a slightly different meaning and ritual for the garment.

Now, this jewel: if you’re going to cherry pick the headdress, how about complaining about the hundreds of people who make and/or have dream catchers in their homes? What about the tribes that view specific animals and/or plants as “holy” within their culture? (like the salmon with the Washani tribe). All I’m saying (specifically for say the Washani) start raising hellfire for people eating salmon (and/or hunting them), since the salmon is one of the most spiritual elements within the tribe. 

Not every person who wears a headdress is doing it to be disrespectful to the  Natives. Many people wear it for solely the aesthetic look in a photoshoot (such as “to be at one with nature”). Is suddenly everyone who wears a poncho, being offensive towards Mexicans (or a zoot suit?). Please use fucking common sense here folks.

Also, hey, let’s not forget. If your family line traces back to the colonial times within the USA (or not) there’s likely a chance you have some Native American tribe in you (thanks to sites like ancestry.com, 23andme, and FTDNA). Remember that episode of Family Guy where Peter realizes he has a black great ancestor? It’s along the same train of thought. We’re all connected. 

About 35 miles south of here, we have this thing called the Crazy Horse Memorial. It’s a massive monument to Native American culture and history carved by a white family right into the ass of the very planet itself. They charge admission and have become millionaires. Granted, they give some of the money to Native American causes, like scholarships and such, and mostly hire Native Americans to work the gate and giftshop and eatery, but, nevertheless, they’re loaded. They’re among the richest people in the state.

I wrote a story about hiking up to the top of Crazy Horse with a few of my friends. It appeared in my second book. If you happen to read it, don’t believe it because it’s all lies.

When Crazy Horse is done, the rich white family have promised to turn the whole place over to the Native Americans, so they have been carving it reeeeeal slow. Mt. Rushmore, 20 miles to the north, took 14 years to finish, while the face you’re looking at took over 40 years to finish. They’ve been at it half a century now and are nearing the 20% complete mark.

In 50 or 60 thousand years, when it’s finished, I bet the Native Americans will be totally stoked to get it. That is if there is still a point to it.

Anyway, pretty neat to look at, huh?

anonymous asked:

Such an angsty list you got there missy! US is far from perfect but I don't think you realise how lucky you are... Like being able to get a huge variety of cheap raw ingredients and then easily make big meals with them! Magical.

I don’t live in America…and I wouldn’t call my list “angsty”.

America is the most fucked up country I have ever seen, they systematically took over an entire culture (Native Americans) while also imprisoning and enslaving another culture (African people) before invading tens of countries while exploiting each of them for different monetary based reasons. Right now they’re producing constant propaganda about Muslim people as a justification for stealing resources from the Middle East and dragging other countries like the UK and Australia into it (simultaneously traumatising our troops for their corruption). Not only did the American government mistreat PoC throughout history, but they’ve performed disgusting “medical experiments” on underprivileged groups of people for years and years, like infecting men of colour with Syphilis without their knowledge so scientists could learn about the disease. Like there’s such a vast amount of shit wrong with this country and its treatment of its people/the rest of the world that it’s beyond a joke. America is like the boy who cried wolf (ie. Making itself look like this massive victim of terrorism) but it’s actually the schoolyard bully that goes around kicking other people in the shins while wailing that everyone is mean to them (Japan, Vietnam, Iraq etc). America has murdered and tortured more people from other countries in the last 10 years than these so called terrorists have done EVER. It’s a fucking joke and it’s affecting so many different people all over the world in so many different ways that’s it’s actually too hard to explain how multifaceted this issue is while typing away rapidly in my phone. America is beautiful but it’s a country built off the backs of dehumanised, poverty stricken individuals and I refuse to accept that buying yummy ingredients at a cheap price is a big enough pay off for Americas constant crimes against humanity.

PSA: Yes, “Spirit Animals” Are Cultural Appropriation- That Means You

poorlifechoicesblog:

[NB: if you (like me) are non-Native and you reblogged agentotter’s commentary PLEASE read sofriel’s refutation below. “Spirit Animal” as a non-Native phrase is SUPER FUCKED UP.]

sofriel:

fralusans-ana-marein:

thekal:

agentotter:

exploitationiscontagious:

Petition to start using “patronus” instead of “spirit animal” because not being appropriative is pretty rad.

Okay let’s go through this one more time. Deep breath.

If you think the concept of “spirit animals” comes from Native American religious practices, you are wrong. Also, you’re probably basing your ideas about Native American spiritualism on movies that are incredibly, extremely, offensively wrong. (Spoiler alert: You cannot actually paint with all the colors of the wind.) You’re also failing to understand that Native American and First Nations people are not a homogeneous group, that they do not now and have never existed as a single people with a single set of beliefs. In short, what I’m saying is that just this once, calling this appropriation is actually the thing that is offensive.

If you think the concept of “spirit animals” is specific to any one cultural or religious practice, you are wrong. This idea of animal guides and related ones — like shape-shifting, people possessed by the spirits of animals, particular interpretations of animal dreams, a certain attitude toward the hunting of animals, etc etc — have roots in all sorts of ancient religions, including eastern Shamanic religions, Celtic religions, really religions of of every description… I could go on. Essentially it’s animism, which is common to the whole of human experience, because there isn’t a culture on this planet that doesn’t have a complex, deep-rooted relationship of some kind with animals. But “spirit animals” as most of us understand the concept? Is a made-up thing. Just like Harry Potter’s patronus. Just like His Dark Materials’ daemons. Just like basically any other “inoffensive” alternative on offer.

Essentially, “spirit animal” is a trope. I happen to fucking love that trope. I think it’s fun and interesting. It’s not a real concept, except possibly for Wiccans and New Agers, both of whom appropriated the concept from — guess what! — their completely wrong ideas about Native spiritual practices. I’m willing to bet that everything you’ve ever learned about Native religions came from a white person. I’m willing to bet that it’s wrong.

For all these people who want to be sensitive to Native culture, you can do a lot better than defending their honor from a concept that isn’t theirs in the first place. (You can start by acknowledging that it’s New Age, not Native. AT ALL.) There are so many ways you can learn about Native culture and the problems that tribes face directly from the people themselves. You could start small. Read some Sherman Alexie. Watch Reel Injun orIncident at Oglala on Netflix. Read up on why exactly casting Johnny Depp as Tonto is fucking horrible. Try actually learning something about what they’re going through (basically a never-ending shitstorm of oppression and erasure) and you can help just by being more informed. Become a social justice crusader foractual social justice issues. Still not sure about the spirit animal thing? These Natives would be happy to tell you all about it. And these ones. And this one. (tl;dr: They’re sick of your bullshit.)

This information about “spirit animals” not being a thing makes sense, but I’m not really clear on how referencing a stereotypical, New-Age misinterpretation of Native American religion is that much less offensive/appropriative than improperly referencing an actual Native American religious concept? Doesn’t appropriation usually involve portraying the original culture(s)/religion(s) inaccurately?

that makes sense to me, and I’ve definitely also read things by Native folks here writing against using the term “spirit animal”, although I can’t find any of them just now. perhaps sofriel or moniquill (or others, I’m not sure who else follows me) might have more input.

No. Nooooooooooooooo. No. God, I would like to make a rule where non-Natives are not allowed to make any sort of statements on the appropriativeness or non-appropriativeness of “spirit animals” ever again. 

Fact 1: I am Native. So-called “spirit animals” are part of my spiritual tradition, which is Metis-Anishinaabe. They’re usually called by the Anishinaabe word, which I am not putting on the internet, or “spirit/dream helpers” in English. Natives in fact are not, gasp, homogeneous, and omg some of us have different spiritual traditions than others! (look, I can do the obnoxious patronizing voice too!) And so just because you point to three Native people from cultures that don’t have such a tradition doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist! This tradition is a VERY sacred one, and thanks to colonization it is being forgotten in huge amounts, to the extent that most young Natives don’t even really know much about it—a situation exacerbated by the popular appropriation of “spirit animals.”

Fact 2: Yes, people around the world have and had similar traditions of spirit helpers, who are frequently animals. HOWEVER, the concept of spirit animals in popular culture came from anthropologists’ descriptions of Native American religions (see Durkheim, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life). It doesn’t matter if the ancient Celts had similar practices, because spirit animals are associated in the popular imagination with Natives, not Celts. I and other Natives regularly get asked, “Can you tell me what my spirit animal is??” Irish people, for instance, do not. And “it’s not Native, it’s New Age” my ass.Where the hell do you think the New Agers got it from? They got it from anthropology textbooks and from the hippies who went to the reservations in the 60s seeking Noble Savage enlightenment.

Fact 3: The fact that spirit animals in popular culture are a bastardized form of Native traditions does not mean they are not appropriative or harmful. Why? Because the popular idea of it comes to supersede the original meaning, infantilizing our traditions.Non-Natives start to think that they understand our traditions, and that they are primitive, rather than actually consulting and trying to understand. This gets bad when those non-Natives are the ones with control over our legal ability to practice our religion. Non-Native appropriation of the sweatlodge incorrectly done and causing death, for example, has resulted in greater restrictions on Native sweatlodges, because the non-Native interpretation was assumed to be representative. 

Fact 4: Appropriation is a part of Native oppression, not a decoy issue, good lord. This attitude of popular ownership of Native traditions causes people to deny Natives the right to practice our religion, which is tied to the colonization and denial of access to our landbase since our practices are often linked to specific places, which is tied to the situation on reservations. It’s tied to the psychological state of our people, because you try growing up with having everyone making an utter mockery of your religion and see how your self-esteem comes out.

And yeah, I will also say, if calling out appropriation is the only thing you’re doing to help Native people, if you are just shouting “Don’t wear headdresses!” and don’t actually get why it’s a problem, then yes, you’re kinda failing as an ally. But appropriation is part of the violence being done to indigenous people. 

You did get one thing right though, we are sick of your bullshit. Very, very sick of it.

Important!!

I see a lot of ppl on my dash reblogging the post where someone else says that “spirit animal” is not a racist or culturally appropriative term because it’s “New Age” and not Native—but that doesn’t erase the v v smart and true response that sofriel explains above: where did the New Agers get that stereotype and how are you acting in concert with their racism???

Please stop with your weak attempts to justify your appropriation. PSA over

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Native American Fashion Without Cultural Appropriation

“Her endgame is to create a space where Native designers thrive, and where support, appreciation and respect for their craftsmanship overtakes appropriative efforts to slap a few feathers and beads on an outfit and call it ‘Native-inspired.’ The richness and diversity of indigenous artisanship deserves to be seen, she says. Native artists deserve to have their own work bought, not appropriated without context or recognition of the original cultures from which it came.” (via)

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Rain Dances of the Jemez Pueblo

The rain dances of the Jemez Pueblo people are documented in a 1947 film from Dudley Pictures Corporation’s “This Land is Ours” series of educational travelogues. Rain dances are a form of weather modification that span a number of cultures across the world. The ritual has deep historical roots and is still practiced in a diverse range of areas, including Zimbabwe, Slovakia, and Native American communities. While many Native American rituals involved only men, the rain dance was unique in that women also participated—an indication of the importance of rain to the entire community. The dance was more common to Native American tribes who lived in dry, Southwestern regions which received little rain. Indeed, the Pueblos, who have historically resided in a very arid region of New Mexico, have a particularly intricate rain dance. Movements, costumes, and instruments are chosen and designed for their symbolic qualities. For example, the beating of a drum might represent thunder; a white woven sash, flowing water; and turquoise appliques, rain droplets. 

Native American Cultural Appropriation

As a Muskogee Native, I feel like I should just say what personally offends me This in no way reflects what my fellow natives may or may not be offended by. (But most of them I’ve asked are). Different tribes have different beliefs and religions and such.

•dreamcatchers (unless purchased/given to you by a native. PROFITMG OFF A CULTURE THAT IS NOT YOURS IS WRONG. SUPPORT NATIVES. MUST be native made)

•moccasins (unless purchased/given to you by a native. SUPPORT NATIVES. MUST be native made)

•smudging (sacred cleansing ceremony passed down through tribal generations. Haven’t been taught by a tribe member? Not a native? You can’t smudge. You can smoke cleanse sure because TONS of cultures and religions use smoke cleansing…but you can’t fucking smudge)

•spirit animals (various trials undergone by the native involving fasting, solitude and a vision quest to earn a spirit animal. Not a native? You don’t have a spirit animal. Don’t fucking joke about some lame animated character being your spirit animal. You can have a familiar, a spirit guide or an animal guide, sure. But you can’t have a totem animal or a spirit animal.)

•war bonnets/headdresses (feathers are earned in battle, hunting and spiritual endeavors by natives. Not a native? Don’t fucking wear one. It’s the equivalent of wearing a Purple Heart if you never fucking served in the military only way worse because it’s a cultural AND spirit thing for natives. WE ARE NOT A HALLOWEEN COSTUME.)

•'corn mother’ ‘master of breath’ ‘coyote/ trickster’ ‘thunderbirds’ ‘wendigo’ and any other native deities and mythological creatures etc. (Unless you are native, you can’t have an experience or encounter with these. Also you can’t worship them. Our religions are closed. (Or at least the traditional ones that I know of are.)THEY ARE NOT YOUR GODS. THEY ARE NOT YOUR CREATURES.)

•Powwow (Native American festival and celebration. Not native? You haven’t been to a powwow. Unless invited to tag along by a native. This is not a fucking word you can interchange with ‘meeting’ or ‘sit down talk’. Don’t fucking say things like 'we had to have a little pow wow.’)

•Native Names (don’t FUCKING MAKE FUN OF NATIVE NAMES. My grandmothers name is Cheryl Tiger. Some natives have names like 'Runs with Bear’. THE NAMES ARE EARNED. Not a native? Don’t FUCKING make up a name like that for yourself. And don’t make fun of ours.

•Sitting 'Indian style’. (No. You’re fucking sitting cross legged. Also, we aren’t Indian. We are Native Americans.) Also using the term “Indian Giver” is offensive to some of us, considering the U.S. Government “gave us” and then took away land twice.

•How we talk (don’t fucking raise your hand and speak slowly and in a deep voice saying things like 'HOW MY NAME RUNNING BEAR’ because I will skin you alive. That’s so rude and cruel. As if reducing the native population down to less than 1% and stealing our homes wasn’t enough? You have to make fun of us too? Just stop.)

•Sacred Dances (no. You can’t do a rain dance. You can’t do a hoop dance. You can’t do a stomp dance or a fancy dance. SO STOP JOKING ABOUT CONTROLLING THE WEATHER BY HITTING YOUR MOUTH AND MAKING PRETEND FEATHERS AND DANCING SROUND I WILL FIGHT YOU)


I’m sure I will want to add more later. But those are the ones that make me angry the most often.

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Should ALL Native American Mascots be BANNED? | Decoded | MTV News 

Special thanks to Lauren Chief Elk @ChiefElk for helping consult on this video!

For the Season 1 finale of Decoded, Franchesca (with special guest Nataanii Means!) tackles the racist and destructive use of Native American mascots that continues to portray them as a “savage” and “violent” people. With over 2,000 sports teams using their image in the U.S. and Canada alone, the perception of Native Americans has become so distorted that more people are familiar with fictional native people than real ones. What do you think about sports teams using Native Americans for mascots? 

Special Thanks To Nataanii Means:
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