Reminder that “NDN” is a term that only Indigenous North Americans can use, it’s a slang term for “Indian” that we created as short hand that describes us, our experiences, while also creating a subtle mockery of being called something that we are not. If you’re non-native, please don’t use “NDN.” Do us the justice of saying Indigenous, Native American, First Nations, don’t cut your effort short.
It took him 14 years and thousands of hours, but Aaron Carapella finally created a map that represents what Turtle Island looked like in 1490. It shows where roughly 590 Native nations were located and gives their indigenous names, instead of the names given by Europeans.
In 1969, a Minnesota-born artist by the name of Fritz Scholder painted a portrait he dubbed “Indian with Beer Can.” The image shows a stark figure in sunglasses and a cowboy hat, sitting with his arms crossed and teeth bared before a can of Coors. Unlike many studio paintings that came before it – the ones that pictured Native Americans as indomitable or mystic figures detached from Whiter society – Scholder’s portrait was mundane, lower class, uncomfortable. It didn’t shy away from the taboo of alcoholism in indigenous communities, nor did it cover up America’s distaste for acknowledging poverty and alienation in the Indian Nation.
I have been noticing that almost everyone when they say Happy aboriginal Day, they always holla at north America, Canada and Australia but completely forget about our Native people in Central and South America, in which we are the mayority.(mostly assimilated but still)