Reclaim Native American

Taking "Native American" Back

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toofetch4ya:

“The cultures of people of color are either packaged for consumption or called upon to fill cultural and spiritual voids of Eurocentrism.”

Michael Vavrus

That shit blew my mind and made understanding cultural appropriation way clearer for me. 

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“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.”
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via Kim Katrin Crosby 

Keynote Speaker for LGBTQ History Month at Dartmouth, on September 30, 2013 

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bluecrowcafe:

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.

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Now “tribal trends” are totally “in.” You can walk into any store in the mall and see “Native” imagery everywhere. As a Native person, when I look at them, I can’t help but remember the not-so-distant past when my people weren’t allowed, by law, to wear these things. It’s such a constant reminder of the colonial power structures still in place. Back in the day, white people had the power to take away our culture, and now they have the power to wear it however they see fit. These are our images, our cultural symbols, yet we are completely powerless to have control over them.
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