In A Third University Is Possible by la paperson, I found this dope quote from foundational Native studies scholar Jack Forbes about the question, “where do our bodies end?” And I thought I’d share:
“I can lose my hands, and still live. I can lose my legs and still live. I can lose my eyes and still live. I can lose my hair, eyebrows, nose, arms, and many other things and still live. But if I lose the air I die. If I lose the sun I die. If I lose the earth I die...
“... If I lose the water I die. If I lose the plants and animals I die. All of these things are more a part of me, more essential to my every breath, than is my so-called body. What is my real body?...
“... We are not autonomous, self-sufficient beings as European mythology teaches... We are rooted just like the trees. But our roots come out of our nose and mouth, like an umbilical cord, forever connected to the rest of the world...
“...Nothing that we do, do we do by ourselves. We do not see by ourselves. We do not hear by ourselves... That which the tree exhales, I inhale. That which I exhale, the trees inhale. Together we form a circle.”

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