Educate Yourself, Ask a Question
During introductions at native events, just say no tribal affiliation. Don’t be that person who goes “I belong to the human tribe.” It’s not funny, it’s another micro-aggression that you are bringing OUR space that WE invited you too.
When you do that, your white privilege is showing. It is privilege that makes you feel comfortable enough in a native space to make an inherently racist statement in our space. A space that we opened up to you. An invitation we extended to you.
Try not to be rude and rip up our invitation to you in our face.
Loon and Chicks - Sue Coleman
Sue is one of my favourite First Nations artists; mixing highly realistic paintings of Canadian wildlife with stylised animal paintings characteristic of her Haida heritage, she has become one of Canada’s most prolific North West Coast Native American artists.
If you have some money to spare, feel free to head over to her home page and buy a print or an original here; www.suecoleman.ca
I’m watching this video shoot right now and it’s so amazing watching all these Alaska Native teens talking about relationships, friendships, and sex among their peers. I’m really excited to be working with iknowmine and my Alaska Native communities.
The teens all waiting for the shoot to start. (Taken with Instagram at The Den)
See this picture? This comes from a town in Canada where a 24 pack of water bottles is 104 dollars and formula milk for a baby is priced at 55 dollars a pack. What’s more, a pack of diapers is 95 dollars and one head of lettuce is 26 dollars. Inuit people are starving in a country known for it’s generosity.
If you don’t believe this is true, you can find more images like this here. This is the only grocery store these people have in their small towns, and many people are going hungry & elderly are dying faster.
You’ll send aid to foreign children that are starving, so why won’t you pay a little extra to feed the people in your own country who work hard & still can’t afford the prices for healthy food for their families?
Please have a heart and reblog this photo to raise awareness that even in our own countries people are starving, join the movement and show the government that we won’t sit by and watch people starve.
If you think this will make your blog ugly you’re wrong. Children in a first world country are getting sick & starving, and nobody is even aware it’s happening. You can let people know by reblogging and showing you care. People I am close to, my friends and future in-laws are going through this.
Love how little attention this post gets from my beach blog followers.
how the hell is this going unnoticed what the fuck
Due to the amount of cultural appropriations and misconceptions about Native people on tumblr this post was created to show the diversity of Native American people in North and South America.
If you are adding a picture to this post please add your Nation/Tribe underneath the picture you are adding. I will do my best to keep track of this post so if you would like to submit a picture to this post please message me at lols08.tumblr.com.
Kanien’keha (Mohawk) and Mi’kmaw
Ungava Inuit & Anishnawbe
Eastern Band Cherokee
I’ve watched this video maybe 20 times now.
Look at these fierce ladies performing this hula, transcending the expectations of the hula mu’umu’u. Look at this hula confronting ableism, re-telling the story of Manamanaiakaluea, not as a woman who had struggled, was pitied, and was restored. This is a hula about the grace and power of Hi’iaka and the strength and resilience of Manamanaiakaluea.
This is a hula about survivance.
“Pi’i Ana A’ama” - Kumu Hula Mark Keali’i Hoomalu
Halau I Ka Wekiu - Merrie Monarch 2012 (Kane Kahiko) (by bryshaleigh)
Damn, get it my brothers.
thanks for sharing my friend :D
“ I went to a workshop about intersectional identities at MBLGTACC, and they gave us these booklets filled with resources and organizations for queer people of color, divided by race. I skimmed through pages and pages of them, for South Asians, African Americans, Latinos, East Asians, and Muslims students, and then I reached the end. And guess what? Nothing for queer indigenous people. ”
via sofriel in Time. Time. Time.: I’m tired of being unknown.
and I’ll tell you why:
Finally someone has the guts to say what I’m thinking.
I have a lot of negative memories about cruise ships. For me growing up it was signal that Juneau was about to be invaded. Summers were turned into excuses to avoid downtown. Summer vacation turned in summer sideshow, as native children, viewing us was the vacation for the tourist aboard these ships. These ships were continued colonization for us. This ships were the justification for our arrests, the destruction of our sacred lands, of our fishing lands, of our way of life. These ships were racism to us. These ships commodified our culture, reproduced it in China, and sold by outsiders who didn’t even live in AK outside of the months of May-September.
I hate these ships.
Imagine a town of 20,000, the population in a good winter, being flooded with these ships everyday between May and September. Minimum of three ships, during the height of summer, five ships docked staying for one to three days. Each ship holds anywhere from 1500-3400 people. Using the mean of 2450, this mean multiplied by four equals 9800. That is equivalent of half our town arriving on these ships every few days for months.
Often these tourists have no basic understanding of Alaska Native nations, especially of the Tlingit people who are the native majority in the town. Most of these people didn’t even knew that there were indigenous people in Alaska and we are incredibly different from those in the contiguous United States. If they were aware of indigneous people in Alaska, it was “eskimos*”. It was a daily question asked to be if I was “eskimo”.
These tourist jusifiy police brutality and monitoring. It was unspoken but enforced rule, natives were to be socializaing in downtown as little as possible during the summer months. This is how pre-primary school native children learn to fear the police, when we learn to immediately distrust any outsider approaching us, when we learn that the world thinks we should take up as little space as possible, when we learn that it would be easier for the world if we just didn’t exist.
This is why we can’t have nice things.
Colonization is why we can’t have nice things.
*eskimo is a derogatory term when used by outsiders. Go look up the proper word.
“ The idea that indigenous traditions require us to only use technologies that were available to us pre-Contact, or more generously just-a-bit post-Contact, is silly. If silly was all we were dealing with, then I’d let it be. But silly ends up translating into policy, and I have to take that seriously. ”
This is a must read!