A B.C. music promoter is being lauded for its decision to ban native headdresses at an upcoming festival out of respect for indigenous people. The Bass Coast Project announced on its Facebook page Tuesday that it would ban the wearing of “feathered war bonnets” at its electronic music festival, which will be held in Merritt, B.C. from Aug. 1 to 4.
“If you blame Native American communities for their poverty, remember that the entire continent was stolen from them.
If you blame Black American communities for their relative poverty, remember that Black Americans were stolen from a continent, trafficked, and enslaved for nearly 300 years.
Tell me again about how your family ‘started from nothing’ when they immigrated. Didn’t they start from whiteness? Seems like a pretty good start.
The American Dream required dual genocides, but tell me again about fairness and equal opportunity. Tell me about democracy, modeled after the Iroquois Confederacy. Tell me your proud heritage, and I will show you the violence that made it so.”
— (via nativnuance)
via Kim Katrin Crosby
Keynote Speaker for LGBTQ History Month at Dartmouth, on September 30, 2013
Looking for a relative who was in one of the (in)famous residential schools on the prairie about the same time as this young boy. What a violent transformation that must have been for him, by the second photo he’d probably gone four years without speaking the only language he knew when he was taken in.
If there’s ever an apocalypse or national emergency. I’m not going just to my house but to my home…the reservation. I grew up there. That’s where most of my family is. It’s where I feel the safest. Peaceful. Serene. Quiet.